Yoko Ono stated in an interview that the song was inspired by her childhood when her pianist father put her into musical training at the age of two and a half years old, but also the first song she wrote, called "Jiyu-Gakuen".
David Fricke, in his review of Rising for Rolling Stone, stated, "The plain-spoken shiver with which she renders the episodes of rape, murder and child abuse in the bone-dry reggae stroll 'Wouldnit' suggests the dark intimacy of a frightened young girl's secret diary." Dominique Leone of Pitchfork Media opined that the version that appeared on Blueprint for a Sunrise is "merely awkward. Ono drops lines [...] over a cocktail lounge groove destined for Hell's karaoke bars."Rolling Stone's David Fricke described the Blueprint for a Sunrise version as a "creepy jazz-funk remake."