#9: Meshell Ndegeocello ‘Outside Your Door’

me'shelle_ndegeocello.jpg"Outside Your Door" by Meshell Ndegeocello has had a long and storied history. While we were all grooving and loving and wishing for a rainy night to play this with our lovers, it is alleged that Brian McKnight lifted the tune without permission for his hit "Anytime." Ouch. We won't dwell on that here. What we can dwell on is how deftly Meshell was able to capture an all-consuming, yet creepy crush on someone for whom the love is unrequited. While the debut album that this song is from, Plantation Lullabies, remains an underground classic, "Outside Your Door" seemed to come from nowhere regarding its popularity on the Quiet Storm circuit. Its beautiful, haunting, yearning melody is lovely in its simplicity, and her tale of waiting for a would-be lover's return home resonates on so many levels. Especially for those of us who thought we would die if our sentiments of love were not returned with all the reciprocity we felt we deserved. It somewhat borders on being a bit Sade-esque in its indelible sadness. Yet, we still honor this song here because it continues to bring us back to the place when we first heard it over and over again.

Meshell Ndegeocello: "Outside Your Door"

Live performance of this song after the bounce. 

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20 Responses

  1. Exactly the reason why I enjoy this countdown.

  2. Love. her.
    Saw her perform at Joe's Pub when I lived in NYC (sigh), and she was fantastic.

  3. YEEEESSS! DOpe track. This and "soul searchin" from the higher learning sdtk are 2 of my favorite meshell joints

  4. y'all makin' bold moves with the countdown, i love that.

  5. so i just found out about your blog after voting in the black weblog awards but i really enjoy this top 100 countdown. Keep it up!

  6. Yes, I love Me'Shell and love you guys for recognizing her talent. This song is great. Personally, no other song does it for me the way "Mary Magdalene" does.

  7. Yes! This is my one of my favorite songs by Meshell. It's a damn shame Brian McKnight pretty much lifted this song as his own for "I Miss You".

  8. Props for including this joint. Meshell doesn't get enough play in the blogosphere.

  9. FANTASTIC choice!
    Its great that you havn't gone with the obvious choices (I can't think of another blog that would even think to include Meshell in their top 10 - not through lack of talent but either lack of awareness or 'playing safe').
    I admit i'm a relative newcomer to Meshell's music (only really listening to it for past 12 months or so), but even now her debut and earlier albums sound like something fresh and new.

  10. Wow! I hadn't heard that in a minute. Me'Shell is definitely underrated as so many good artists are.......

  11. Me'shell is the absolute truth. I've seen her three times in concert and she's been nothing less than excellent each time. I actually discovered her through Black Beat magazine back in the day. I guess they were good for something...LOL!!!

  12. Looking at the comments I don't know why I thought I would be the only one with this on my list. Apparently by it's placement pretty much all of us had this one. LOVE. THIS. SONG. How could anyone not let her in after hearing this?
    I'm just mad the one and only time I've seen her it turned into a debaucle which she had to write a whole blog post about. Lawdhamercy.

  13. Yyyyyyyyyyezzir! This was a sleeper off Plantation Lullabyes. Had this one on my "hope tape". 😉

  14. omg... 'outside your door' is just... perfect. i can't put it any better than that. i remember seeing her on arsenio hall, performing this song... and she slowed it down just a hair and i swear... my hair stood up... and i'm bald. classic.

  15. People need to stop sleeping on Meshell. She is the truth.

  16. Meshell what can I say about her that;s not been said before. She's a musical genius and yes quite slept on. I remember seeing her online doing an interview. She was saying how disenchanted she was with the music industry.
    She's the female version of Prince 🙂

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    Wow... Mcknight is my second fav singer after Stevland and I know the chords are similar to Christopher Cross's song , "Sailing"...Were they both stold from.. but the similarity to Anytime is to shocking..
    Yep he ripped old girl off

  18. She's brilliant all the time. Just love her.

  19. Man, I love Brian McKnight's music and Meshell's soul piercing flow. . .*sigh* Say it ain't so, B.

  20. Wow! I never seen Erykah Badu without her wig or head wrap:)


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