Saturday 26 May 2018

'If you try this sh*t again/You gon' lose your wife' - Are Beyonce's Lemonade lyrics about Jay-Z?

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

As fans begin to dig deep into the lyrics of Beyonce's new Lemonade album, they're coming to one conclusion.

The singer released her 'surprise' album amid much fanfare on Saturday night with an hour long 'movie' on HBO and it's now available on hubby Jay-Z's streaming service Tidal.

And while Beyonce has said she has written the lyrics predominantly from the POV of her mother, fans are not convinced.

They believe it's entirely about Beyonce's relationship with Jay-Z in the wake of rumours the hip hop mogul cheated on his wife.

Beyonce steps out with Jay-Z
Beyonce steps out with Jay-Z

CCTV footage of the row in a lift at the Met Gala in which Beyonce's sister Solange lashed out at Jay-Z adds fuel to the fire that all has not been rosy in the Knowles Carter garden.

Several songs do indeed feature lyrics which appear to imply a wife has been wronged by her husband, and is not prepared to stand for it.

However, while the first half of the album tackles jealousy, betrayal, and rage, the latter half of the album covers themes of reconciliation and Jay-Z features in the accompanying visuals.

Here are the main lines causing a furore with fans:

"Pray You Catch Me”

The song opens with the lyrics, "You can taste the dishonesty / It's on your breath as you pass it off so cavalier"

"Hold Up"

Something don't feel right / Cause it ain't right / Especially comin' up after midnight

What's worse, lookin' jealous or crazy? Jealous and crazy.  I like been walked all over lately, walked all over lately.  I'd rather be crazy.

"Don't Hurt Yourself”

Who the f*ck do you think I am? / You ain’t married to no average b*tch, boy / You can watch my fat ass twist, boy / As I bounce to the next dick, boy

This is your final warning / You know I give you life / If you try this sh*t again / You gon' lose your wife


Tonight I regret the night I put that ring on

He only want me when I',m not on there / He better call Becky with the good hair.

"All Night"

Give you some time to prove I can trust you again.

Some are speculating that fashion designer Rachel Roy (the ex-wife of Jay-Z's former business partner Damon Dash) might be the 'other woman' referred to in the album and the reason for the Met Gala lift fight. 

TMZ reported Roy as tweeting, "I respect love, marriages, families and strenght. What shouldn't be tolerated by anyone, no matter what, is bullying, of any kind."

She also later posted an image to Instagram with the caption, "Good hair don't care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always. live in the light #nodramaqueens".

Fans have speculated this is a dig at Beyonce who refers to "Becky with the good hair" from the song Sorry.

The album title comes from a family party which is shown in the visuals - it's the 90th birthday of Jay Z's grandmother Hattie White who says, "I was served lemons but I made lemonade."

She has collaborated with artists including Jack White and Kendrick Lamar and James Blake.

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