Song of the Day #2,439: ‘Behold a Lady’ – Outkast

outkast_love_belowAfter a couple of weeks dominated by ugly rap songs, it’s refreshing to hear a cut from Outkast’s excelent 2003 double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.

This track is from Andre 3000’s half of the record (The Love Below) and, like most of that song cycle, concerns the many splendors of the fairer sex.

The Love Below has always struck me as the best Prince album he didn’t actually record. This sort of sexualized funk — not to mention the vocal delivery — sounds almost like an homage to His Purple Highness.

(Andre 3000)
Sophistafunk, aristocats
Distinguished stars, clean up your acts
Pull up your pants, ladies and gents
Please, act like you got some sense
You know what I really wanna know?
Where do all the good girls go
What clubs they hang in?

[Hook]
Behold a lady
I see you standin’ on the wall
Clap, clap… you deserve it all (Repeat)
(Ad libs)
Candy-coated unicorns are quite hard to find
The classic lady, a rare breed indeed
Is that make and model discontinued?

(Verse 1)
Today I might snow, tomorrow I’ll rain
3000’s always changing but you stay the same
And I need that, hey I need that (in my life)
When I feel washed up and inadequate
And throw all my songs away, no matter how mad I get
You make me smile, you make me smile
You make me smile, you make me…
You’re the anchor that holds me down
When my ship is sinking
You won’t let me drown and I’m grateful

[Hook]

(Verse 2)
Yo’ mama’s old fashioned, yo’ daddy don’t play
You’ll always be this lovely
Cause they raised you that way
Hallelujah! Thank ya Jesus! Thank ya Lord!
Thank ya Jesus! Thank ya Lord!
Thank ya Jesus! Thank ya Lord!
You’re not extra extra, you’re so plain Jane
The ying to my yang, darlin’
You’ve got that thang and you know it
But yet you don’t and that’s what’s so cool
You don’t say too much, but when you do it’s profound
In the street you hold your head high
At home you get low down for me
(Can’t get no lower, can’t get no lower, can’t get no lower, yeah!)
Hooo! You’re the anchor that holds me down
When my ship is sinking, you won’t let me drown (Aaaaaaahh!)
(Ad libs)
Sad, but one day our kids will have to visit museums
To see what a lady looks like
So if you find one, I beg you, hold her tight
If you spot one, good sir, treat her right
This is Benjamin Andre signing off
Thanks a million
Good luck and goodnight

[Hook] 2x

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,439: ‘Behold a Lady’ – Outkast

  1. Dana says:

    I’m not familiar with this song or the album, but, on first listen, it doesn’t do much for me.

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