Song of the Day #2,187: ‘*** Flawless’ – Beyoncé

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Well, I’ve run out of new albums to review this week, and next week I start a two-week vacation. So what better way to see myself off than with a Beyoncé video?

Here’s ‘*** Flawless’ from her surprise self-titled album. This song is all over the damn place and I love it.

It’s the only feminist anthem I know of containing the phrase “Bow down, bitches.”

[Intro]
Your challengers are a young group from Houston
Welcome Beyonce, Lativia, Nina, Nicky, Kelly and Ashley
The Hip-Hop Rapping: Girls’ TYME

Part 1 – Bow Down

[Hook]
I’m out that H-town
Coming, coming down
I’m coming down dripping candy on the ground
H, H-town, town, I’m coming down
Coming down, dripping candy on the ground

[Verse 1: Beyonce]
I know when you were little girls
You dreamt of being in my world
Don’t forget it, don’t forget it
Respect that, bow down bitches (crown)
I took some time to live my life
But don’t think I’m just his little wife
Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted
This my shit, bow down bitches

[Bridge]
Bow down bitches, bow-bow down bitches (crown)
Bow down bitches, bow-bow down bitches (crown)
H-Town vicious, H, H-Town vicious
I’m so crown, crown, bow down bitches!

[Hook]

Part 2 – ***Flawless

[Intro: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]
We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller
We say to girls: “You can have ambition, but not too much
You should aim to be successful, but not too successful
Otherwise, you will threaten the man”
Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important
Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are
Feminist: a person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes

[Hook: Beyonce]
You wake up, flawless
Post up, flawless
Ridin’ round in it, flawless
Flossin’ on that, flawless
This diamond, flawless
My diamond, flawless
This rock, flawless
My Roc, flawless
I woke up like this, I woke up like this
We flawless, ladies tell ’em
I woke up like this, I woke up like this
We flawless, ladies tell ’em
Say “I look so good tonight”
God damn, God damn
Say “I look so good tonight”
God damn, God damn, God damn!

[Bridge: Beyonce]
Momma taught me good home training
My Daddy taught me how to love my haters
My sister taught me I should speak my mind
My man made me feel so God damn fine (I’m flawless!)

[Hook: Beyonce]

[Outro]
The judges give champion Skeleton Groove 4 stars, a perfect score
The challenger, Girls’ TYME, receives 3 stars
Skeleton Groove, champions once again
Congratulations, we’ll see you next week

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,187: ‘*** Flawless’ – Beyoncé

  1. Dana says:

    This may be everywhere, but I had not heard or seen it. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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