In the world of music, covering an iconic song is always a daring move that requires immense talent and passion. Jason Derulo has boldly taken on this challenge with his rendition of “It’s Your Thing,” which is featured as the first track on the Spinning Gold (Music From the Motion Picture) soundtrack. Originally performed by The Isley Brothers, Derulo’s version was released on March 17, 2023, and masterfully combines his distinctive style with the timeless charm of the original.
The song begins with an energetic intro of “huh, yeah” and “ayy,” setting the stage for the empowering chorus that follows. The chorus, with its message of individuality and freedom, is brought to life through Derulo’s dynamic vocals: “It’s your thing (Yeah), do what you wanna do / (Said) I can’t tell you (Ooh), who to sock it to.” This repeated refrain is catchy and uplifting, celebrating the importance of staying true to oneself and not allowing others to dictate our choices.
In the first verse, Derulo sings about the complexities of love and personal relationships, emphasizing the importance of mutual respect and understanding. The lyrics, “If you want me to love you, maybe I will / Believe me, woman, it ain’t no big deal/ Oh, you need love now, just as bad as I do / Makes me no difference now, who you give your thing to,” showcase Derulo’s vocal range and ability to convey emotion through his singing.
Following the chorus, the bridge offers a brief yet engaging moment that allows the listener to fully absorb the song’s message. With a simple “Alright, alright, look,” Derulo transitions smoothly into the next chorus, maintaining the song’s upbeat tempo and infectious energy.
The second verse sees Derulo continuing the theme of personal autonomy, insisting that he’s “not tryin’ to run your life” and acknowledging the desire for others to live their lives as they see fit. This sentiment is further emphasized in the lines, “Oh, do you love me? To whoever you choose / How can you lose, with the stuff you use now?” Here, Derulo suggests that there is no wrong choice when it comes to love and self-expression, as long as one remains true to themselves.
The chorus repeats once more before the song transitions into the outro. This final section features a powerful call to action, with Derulo urging the listener to declare their independence: “Let me you say, ‘It’s my thing, I do what I wanna do’ / Said, I can’t tell you, who to sock it to, no / Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh / Tell me, baby.” This passionate conclusion