Song of the Day #2,930: ‘Sorry’ – Beyoncé

beyonce_lemonadeThe best album I’ve heard this year — and a safe bet to hold that crown through year’s end — is Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Unveiled as an HBO movie before being released as a proper album, Lemonade details the effects of infidelity on a marriage, from anger and denial through healing and forgiveness.

While some maintain that artists shouldn’t be equated with their work, I think it’s pretty clear that this song cycle is about Jay-Z and Beyoncé. The fact that Jay-Z basically holed up in a bunker for the first month or so after Lemonade‘s release feels like confirmation.

But aside from a very frank peek into her personal diary, Beyoncé offers up a treatise on the experience of blacks — especially black women — through history. It’s simultaneously her most personal and her most political album.

It’s also her best album, musically, by a long shot. With the assistance of an impressive army of collaborators (including Jack White, Ezra Koenig, Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd), Beyoncé skips between genres and styles, nailing every one. A little hard rock, a little rap, a little R&B, a little country. Vocally she’s never been better, as much an actress as a singer, delivering a true performance of every track.

Indeed, it’s hard to pick a favorite song on Lemonade. Maybe the carnival alt-rock of ‘Hold Up’? The soulful country rave-up ‘Daddy Lessons’? The mournful ballad ‘Sandcastles’? The Weeknd-assisted film noir sultriness of ‘6 inch’? My personal pick: the exhilarating gospel-rock of ‘Freedom.’ I’ll save that song for my year-end best-of list.

Today, enjoy the ultimate kiss-off of first single ‘Sorry,’ which launched a million fan theories (and blew up Rachel Roy’s and Rachel Ray’s Twitter accounts) with its closing lines, “He only want me when I’m not there, he better call Becky with the good hair.”

[Chorus]
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t sorry, nigga, nah
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t sorry

[Verse 1]
He trying to roll me up, I ain’t picking up
Headed to the club, I ain’t thinking ’bout you
Me and my ladies sip my D’ussĂ© cup
I don’t give a fuck, chucking my deuces up
Suck on my balls, pause, I had enough
I ain’t thinking ’bout you
I ain’t thinking ’bout
[Bridge]
Middle fingers up, put them hands high
Wave it in his face, tell him, boy, bye
Tell him, boy, bye, boy, bye, middle fingers up
I ain’t thinking ’bout you

[Hook]
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t sorry, nigga, nah
I ain’t thinking ’bout you
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
No no, hell nah

[Verse 2]
Now you want to say you’re sorry
Now you want to call me crying
Now you gotta see me wilding
Now I’m the one that’s lying
And I don’t feel bad about it
It’s exactly what you get
Stop interrupting my grinding
(You interrupting my grinding)
I ain’t thinking ’bout you

[Hook]
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t thinking ’bout you
I ain’t thinking ’bout you
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t thinking ’bout you
I ain’t thinking ’bout you

[Bridge]
Middle fingers up, put them hands high
Wave it in his face, tell him, boy, bye
Tell him, boy, bye, boy, bye
Middle fingers up, I ain’t thinking ’bout you

[Hook]
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t sorry, nigga, nah
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
Sorry, I ain’t sorry
I ain’t sorry
No no, hell nah

[Verse 3]
Looking at my watch, he shoulda been home
Today I regret the night I put that ring on
He always got them fucking excuses
I pray to the Lord you reveal what his truth is
I left a note in the hallway
By the time you read it, I’ll be far away
I’m far away
But I ain’t fucking with nobody
Let’s have a toast to the good life
Suicide before you see this tear fall down my eyes
Me and my baby, we gon’ be alright
We gon’ live a good life
Big homie better grow up
Me and my whoadies ’bout to stroll up
I see them boppers in the corner
They sneaking out the back door
He only want me when I’m not there
He better call Becky with the good hair
He better call Becky with the good hair

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,930: ‘Sorry’ – Beyoncé

  1. Dana says:

    That’s some high praise! Guess I need to check out this album at done point.

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