Song of the Day #2,037: ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ – Janelle Monáe (ft. Erykah Badu)

janelle_monae_queenMy final entry on the village Voice Pazz & Jop poll features #19 on that list, Janelle Monae’s ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’

I like Janelle Monáe even though I don’t listen to her music. Something about her look, her style and her ambition rub me the right way. I love the weird sci-fi concepts she works into her music (including the video for this track).

The music itself is a little more interesting than the typical R&B dance track. A little bit of jazz, a little bit of rap. I wouldn’t buy this but I’m glad it exists.

[Intro: Janelle Monae]
Girl, this is crazy… let me tell you

[Verse 1]
I can’t believe all of the things they say about me
Walk in the room they throwing shade left to right
They be like, “Ooh, she serving face”
And I just tell ’em cut me up and get down
They call us dirty cause we break all your rules down
And we just came to act a fool, is that all right? (Girl, that’s alright)
They be like, “Ooh, let them eat cake.”
But we eat wings and throw them bones on the ground

[Hook: Janelle Monae]
Am I a freak for dancing around?
Am I a freak for getting down?
I’m cutting up, don’t cut me down
Yeah I wanna be, wanna be Queen

[Verse 2: Janelle Monae]
Is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror?
And am I weird to dance alone late at night?
And is it true we’re all insane?
And I just tell ’em, “No we ain’t” and get down
I heard this life is just a play with no rehearsal
I wonder will this be my final act tonight
And tell me what’s the price of fame?
Am I a sinner with my skirt on the ground?

[Hook]

[Janelle Monae]
Hey brother can you save my soul from the devil?
Say is it weird to like the way she wear her tights?
And is it rude to wear my shades?
Am I a freak because I love watching Mary? (Maybe)
Hey sister am I good enough for your heaven?
Say will your God accept me in my black and white?
Will he approve the way I’m made?
Or should I reprogram, deprogram and get down?

[Hook]

[Janelle Monae]
Even if it makes others uncomfortable
I will love who I am
Even if it makes others uncomfortable
I will love who I am

[Interlude: Erykah Badu]
Ohh, shake ’til the break of dawn
Don’t mean to sing so tough, I can’t take it no more
Baby, me and tuxedo crew; pharaohs, it ain’t my tomb
Crazy in the black and white; we got the drums so tight
Baby, here comes the freedom song, too strong we moving on
Baby this melody will show you another way
Been ‘droids for far too long – come home and sing your song
But you gotta testify because the booty don’t lie
No, no, the booty don’t lie, oh no, the booty don’t lie

[Janelle Monae]
Yeah.. yeah, let’s flip it
I don’t think they understand what I’m trying to say
Haha, yeah, uh, I asked a question like this:

“Are we a lost generation of our people?
Add us to equations but they’ll never make us equal
She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel
So why ain’t the stealing of my rights made illegal?
They keep us underground working hard for the greedy
But when it’s time pay they turn around and call us needy
My crown too heavy like the Queen Nefertiti
Gimme back my pyramid, I’m trying to free Kansas City
Mixing masterminds like your name Bernie Grundman
Well I’mma keep leading like a young Harriet Tubman
You can take my wings but I’m still gonna fly
And even when you edit me the booty don’t lie
Yeah, I’ma keep sangin’, I’mma keep writin’ songs
I’m tired of Marvin asking me “What’s Going On?”
March to the streets ‘cuz I’m willing and I’m able
Categorize me, I defy every label
And while you’re selling dope, we’re gonna keep selling hope
We rising up now, you gotta deal you gotta cope
Will you be electric sheep? Electric ladies, will you sleep?
Or will you preach?”

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,037: ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ – Janelle Monáe (ft. Erykah Badu)

  1. Dana says:

    I haven’t heard of her and had not heard the song, but I like what I hear. And, after all, “the booty don’t lie.”πŸ˜„

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    Yes, to thine own booty be true πŸ™‚

  3. Jorge Farah says:

    “Electric Lady” is a fantastic album, as is her previous effort “The Archandroid”. Ambitious and hook-laden and wildly eclectic stuff. Love her something fierce.

  4. pegclifton says:

    She does have a beautiful face; I can understand why you like the
    “look” of her πŸ™‚

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