Carey was married to music mogul Tommy Mottola at the time, but the marriage was on the rocks ... and Carey was clearly infatuated with Jeter.
In her upcoming memoir, "The Meaning of Mariah Carey" (by way of Vulture) set to come out later this month ... the singer says "The Roof" was about her first kiss with Jeter, which took place on the roof of his apartment building.
Here are some of the lyrics, in case you need a refresher ...
"It wasn't raining yet. But it was definitely a little misty on That warm November night And my heart was pounding (pounding) My inner voice resounding Begging me to turn away But I just had to see your face to feel alive And then you casually walked in the room And I was twisted in the web of my desire for you (And I was twisted) My apprehension blew away I only wanted you to taste my sadness As you kissed me in the dark."
As for "My All" ... that one was about how she risked it all to meet up with Jeter in Puerto Rico, while she was still technically married to Mottola.
Again ... the lyrics:
"I am thinking of you In my sleepless solitude tonight If it's wrong to love you Then my heart just won't let me be right 'Cause I've drowned in you And I won't pull through Without you by my side
I'd give my all to have Just one more night with you I'd risk my life to feel Your body next to mine 'Cause I can't go on Living in the memory of our song I'd give my all for your love tonight."
Carey and Mottola officially divorced in 1998. Things didn't work out with Jeter though. They went their separate ways too.