NELLY: Am I throwin’ you off?
TIMBERLAND: Nope
NELLY: Didn’t think so.


[Verse 1]
TIMBERLAND:
How you doin’ young lady?
That feelin’ that you givin’ really drives me crazy
You don’t haveta play about the joke
I was at a loss of words first time that we spoke

NELLY:
If you looking for a girl that’ll treat you right
If you lookin’ for her in the day time with the light

TIMBERLAND:
You might be the type if I play my cards right
I'll find out by the end of the night

NELLY:
You expect me to just let you hit it
But will you still respect me if you get it

TIMBERLAND:
All I can do is try, gimme one chance
What’s the problem I don’t see no ring on your hand
I be the first to admit it, I’m curious about you, you seem so innocent

NELLY:
You wanna get in my world, get lost in it
Boy I’m tired of running, lets walk for a minute


[Chorus]
TIMBERLAND:
Promiscuous girl
Wherever you are
I’m all alone
And it's you that I want

NELLY:
Promiscuous boy
You already know
That I’m all yours
What you waiting for?

TIMBERLAND:
Promiscuous girl
You're teasing me
You know what I want
And I got what you need

NELLY:
Promiscuous boy
Let's get to the point
Cause we're on a roll
You ready?


[Verse 2]
NELLY:
Roses are red
Some diamonds are blue
Chivalry is dead
But you're still kinda cute

TIMBERLAND:
Hey! I can't keep my mind off you
Where you at, do you mind if I come through

NELLY:
I’m out of this world come with me to my planet
Get you on my level do you think that you can handle it?

TIMBERLAND:
They call me Thomas
last name Crown
Recognize game
I'm a lay mine's down

NELLY:
I'm a big girl I can handle myself
But if I get lonely I’ma need your help
Pay attention to me I don't talk for my health

TIMBERLAND: I want you on my team
NELLY: So does everybody else.

TIMBERLAND:
Shh, baby we can keep it on the low
Let your guard down ain’t nobody gotta know
If you with it girl I know a place we can go

NELLY:
What kind of girl do you take me for?


[Chorus]
TIMBERLAND:
Promiscuous girl
Wherever you are
I’m all alone
And it's you that I want

NELLY:
Promiscuous boy
You already know
That I’m all yours
What you waiting for?

TIMBERLAND:
Promiscuous girl
You're teasing me
You know what I want
And I got what you need

NELLY:
Promiscuous boy
Lets get to the point
Cause we're on a roll
Are you ready?


[Verse 3]
TIMBERLAND: Don't be mad, don't get mean
NELLY: Don't get mad, don't be mean
TIMBERLAND: Don't be mad, don't get mean
NELLY: Don't get mad, don't be mean

TIMBERLAND:
Wait! I don't mean no harm
I can see you with my t-shirt on

NELLY:
I can see you with nothing on
Feeling on me before you bring that on

TIMBERLAND: Bring that on
NELLY: You know what I mean
TIMBERLAND: Girl, I’m a freak you shouldn't say those things

NELLY:
I’m only trying to get inside your brain
To see if you can work me the way you say

TIMBERLAND:
It's okay, it's alright
I got something that you gon' like

NELLY:
Hey is that the truth or are you talking trash
Is your game M.V.P. like Steve Nash


[Chorus]
TIMBERLAND:
Promiscuous Girl
Wherever you are
I’m all alone
And its you that I want

NELLY:
Promiscuous Boy
I'm calling your name
But you're driving me crazy
The way you're making me wait

TIMBERLAND:
Promiscuous Girl
You're teasing me
You know what I want
And I got what you need

NELLY:
Promiscuous Boy
We're one in the same
So we don't gotta play games no more


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Promiscuous (featuring Timbaland) song meanings
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  • +3
    General CommentDang! Who doesn't think this IS about both of them being promiscuou! So much for song titles:) It's about two honry people who hook up after she makes him chase her a little (smart gurl:). They can talk all they want, but the bottom (arr arr) line is that they both want each other for recreational sex. I LUV this track due to Nelly's voice and the beat. When Timbaland sings "I got something that you're gon like" I'm a gonner!
    MaryMaryQuiteContraryon September 30, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song accurately portrays the "hook-up" culture". The lyrics outline a general thought process and typical interaction that could occur before two people make the decision to have casual sex. Both people sound naive and immature in their flirtatiousness. Nelly sings "I'm a big girl I can handle myself,
    But if I get lonely I may need your help
    Pay attention to me I don't talk for my health" She contradicts herself here by saying she can handle herself. but yet she is lonely and needs this "promiscuous boy's" help, as well as telling him to "pay attention to her" she isn't talking for her "health", she is talking for immediate gratification for whatever she is trying to escape. This is an indicator of low self-worth, which is a terrible feeling that I think many women and men, both young and old, have experienced at some point in their life. This song also points out the double standard that often occurs when a woman decides to have casual sex with a man. I have observed that women often are respected less for their promiscuous behavior. Sex is not a prize for women as it is for some men. This is pointed out in the song when Timberland say, "I want you on my team", to which Nelly replies, "So does everybody else". This response indicates that Nelly knows this encounter will be casual and he is just one of many men that would like to sleep with her. She seems to know that this might not be a good decision for her because she questions him a lot. She doesn't seem confident in her promiscuity. She asks him,"You expect me to just let you hit it
    But will you still respect me if you get it?". She knows that being promiscuous may be seen as unattractive, perhaps because she is devaluing her self-worth. Timberland can't even answer her question directly. He replies, "All I can do is try, give me one chance
    What's the problem? I don't see no ring on your hand". He doesn't see the possible consequences for in her decision. He says playfully,your not taken, soooo whats the problem? ". He can't understand the place of confusion and doubt that Nelly is coming from or perhaps he is more interested in the sex than any long term consequences (immediate gratification). The end of the song points a finger at the complications that can arise from casual sex when they go back and forth saying, "Don't get mad, don't be mean". Bottom line is that there is a lot more to this song than on the surface. Maybe it seems that Nelly "sold out" to make a hit on the top charts, but if her fans can have insightful discussions on the subtle implications this song makes for promiscuous behavior, maybe it could help some people understand why they behave the way they do and gain insight as to how their behavior truly makes them feel. Plus it's a catchy tune:) lol
    panda12321on August 23, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't see the big deal about the song having a sexual focus. Sexuality is a normal part of life, after all. I think it just shows another side of Nelly that we haven't seen before, and there's nothing wrong with that.
    maavanceon May 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHer past 2 albums have been more humble and pop-py. This is more Urban. Its just different from how her music has been. I dont think its a bad thing, I like all her singles. I just don't think its her.
    Furtado Fan37on May 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPromiscuious basicly means having sex with more than one person and Nelly isnt Italian she is of Portuguese decent but she was born in Canada.
    Furtado Fan37on May 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAdditional Note: Having sex with more than one person a lot...
    Furtado Fan37on May 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPromiscuous is about meeting a guy on a dance-floor and deciding whether to take him home and shag him. Well, unless you’re some kind of moral or religious prude, why not?

    After all, a one-night stand might be just what you need to make you feel good about yourself. If you’re feeling low on self esteem, a one-night stand can make you feel attractive again. It’ll be a great night of epic sex with no ‘relationship’ complications.

    You’ll wake up feeling good about yourself, with minty fresh breath, straight hair, and you won’t be embarrassed by a now-sober stranger seeing you naked.

    I wonder why one-night stands have such a bad reputation? Great song, Nelly Furtado. You didn’t sell out to make a pop hit, did you?
    brothersteveon May 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow, I find it pretty funny how people can actually bash this song and talk shit because she transferred from that old folk crap she used to sing to r&b. Nelly Furtado has an amazing body and a hott face to boot. There's no reason she can't make a song like this and do her thing. After all, we're all human and have different sides to us. Not like you clowns know her personally so for you to say it's "out of her character" how the hell would you know what her character is anyways? And by the way, Promiscuous means to sleep with people and not care who they are or what they look like.. to do it indiscriminately.
    ryan187on May 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentloves it

    hot dance beat
    driiaaon May 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really like this song... And who are u ppl to judge..?? do you really know her style of music.. ppl can have more than one side to them, she dont live up to ur standards.. ur just used to her poppy side.. get over it..
    xxcharmedxxon May 24, 2006   Link

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