Piece of Me/Come On In is a Lady Wray 7” vinyl single (45” vinyl single to be exact) and digital single that was released by Big Crown Records in 2020. For those who don’t know, Lady Wray is Nicole Wray. Both songs are definitely on fire! You will love her soulful voice and harmony as Piece of Me/Come On In follows the same old school soul formula of Queen Alone. (Hence the soulful sound.) Both of these songs on this single represent the few milestones she has encountered in life.
Come On In is a Nicole Wray composition full of heat! Not to mention deep. The song sounds very similar to Lean On Me by Bill Withers. The instrumentation gives Come On In a throwback sound which is smoother than sandpaper. The soulful beats give this song a soulful bounce hence the soulful sound. Leon Michels produced the song Come On In. Now the song Come On In only uses three instruments and her voice.
Nicole talks about being committed to a long term relationship throughout the song. She will move forward in life and progress if she has a man in her life.
The beginning of Come On In starts off with a couple of heavy piano notes which quickly turn into a piano solo. The percussion selection is fairly balanced with not too many drums used.
Nicole has been waiting for a man to come into her life. She is accepting towards a man coming into her life. She is willing to be in a long term relationship. She says she’ll be waiting. Waiting to be in a long term relationship with him. She will move forward in life and progress if she has a man in her life. Nicole talks about being committed to a long term relationship.
Nicole tells her man to set the bar and his standards high. They’ve come too far by faith to give up now at this point in the relationship. Nicole Wray took it to church with these lyrics “We come too far by faith”.
Nicole wrote Piece Of Me with songwriter Leon Michels before she gave birth to her daughter Melody. The song was written in 2018 before she became a mother. Her alto voice gives off a jazzy vibe in this particular song. Now the feeling, tone, and mood for this song is filled with sadness.
Piece of Me is a sad heartbreaking love song that is filled with uncertainty and emotional attachment. Nicole and her man have been thru the best of times even through her darkest days. They’ve been through the best of times and the worst of times. Why must it turn around? She asks herself.
Life has its uncertainties. Life is not fair. So many questions with so many answers. She’s not sure these days. He has been good to Nicole. That’s why it’s hard for her to walk away.
The song is a perspective of her world. Throughout the song, she sings about sacrificing for her family even if they don’t always help, contribute, or give back. She broke us off a piece of her with this song soulfully speaking as this song represents the few milestones she has encountered in life. She broke herself off a piece of herself with this song.
These lyrics explain the burden and pain of life being unfair.
You’ve been the best at times
You walk me through my darkest days
Why must it turn around?
I ask myself (I don’t know)
This just ain’t fair, so hard to bear (It’s not fair)
I’m not really sure these days
Sure these days, sure these days (Ooh)
I’ve stashed the memories to ease the pain
Those memories of hers are hard to let go of. So she stashed the memories away to ease the pain and as a way to cope. That is what the lyrics “I’ve stashed the memories to ease the pain” mean.
I rate this single, Piece Of Me/Come On In, 5/5*****!!