Sometimes freedom songs are about politics, sometimes they are about breaking free of a relationship. This song of freedom by Janet Jackson is about her independence for the first time in her life.
This song in fact the whole album can be seen as Janet Jackson’s break from her famous family and most specifically from her father, Joe, who was primarily interested in being a manager rather than a dad.
“‘Control’ came from the heart,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “It was all about stepping out, taking control of your life… a certain point in your life when you ask yourself who you are and what you want to do.”