Song of the Day #3,434: ‘Drew Barrymore’ – SZA

SZA is another artist I discovered through my daughter Sophia. While I haven’t listened to her debut full-length album CTRL (released this summer) in full, I like what I’ve heard.

SZA is the stage name of Solána Imani Rowe, a 27-year-old soul singer born in St. Louis, Missouri, but raised in a predominately white suburb of New Jersey. Raised by a Christian mother and Muslim father, she hopped between their faiths as a kid and now practices Islam. As a girl, she wore a hijab until bullying following the September 11th attacks forced her to stop.

The name SZA comes from the Supreme Alphabet (as do the names of rappers RZA and GZA), translating to Savior Zig-Zag Allah.

Before pursuing her music career, SZA was an accomplished cheerleader and gymnast, once an Olympic hopeful rated fifth in the U.S. in gymnastics.

I hope you enjoyed that trip down Wikipedia Lane. But what about the music?

SZA brings a distinctly modern, hip-hop vibe to traditional soul music, both in her lyrics and production. She reminds me a bit of Neneh Cherry, who was decidedly ahead of her time (and, I just discovered, Swedish!?).

I particularly like today’s SOTD, ‘Drew Barrymore,’ which was inspired by the actress’ ’90s movies. Ms. Barrymore makes a brief appearance in the video.

[Verse 1]
Why is it so hard to accept the party is over?
You came with your new friends
And her mom jeans and her new Vans
And she’s perfect and I hate it, oh so glad you made it
I’m so glad you could come by
Somebody get the tacos, somebody spark the blunt
Let’s start the Narcos off at episode one
Bring the gin, got the juice
Bring the sin, got that too
Won’t you just shut up, know you’re my favorite
Am I…

[Chorus]
Warm enough for ya outside baby, yeah
(Tell me that it’s warm enough here for ya)
Is it warm enough for ya inside me, me, me, me
Warm enough for ya outside baby, yeah
(Tell me that it’s warm enough here for ya)
Warm enough outside, inside me, me, me, me

[Verse 2]
I get so lonely, I forget what I’m worth
We get so lonely, we pretend that this works
I’m so ashamed of myself think I need therapy-y-y-y
I’m sorry I’m not more attractive
I’m sorry I’m not more ladylike
I’m sorry I don’t shave my legs at night
I’m sorry I’m not your baby mama
I’m sorry you got karma comin’ to you
Collect your soul, get it right

[Chorus]
Warm enough for ya outside baby, yeah
(Tell me that it’s warm enough here for ya)
Is it warm enough for ya inside me, me, me, me?
Warm enough for ya outside baby, yeah
(Tell me that it’s warm enough here for ya)
Warm enough outside, inside me, me, me, me

[Bridge]
Sorry, I just need to see you
I’m sorry I’m so clingy I don’t mean to be a lot
Do you really wanna love me down like you say you do?
Give it to me like you say you do?
‘Cause it’s hard enough you got to treat me like this
Lonely enough to let you treat me like this
Do you really love me
Or just wanna love me down, down, down, down?

[Chorus]
Warm enough for ya outside baby, yeah
(Tell me that it’s warm enough here for ya)
Is it warm enough for ya inside me, me, me, me?
Warm enough for ya outside baby, yeah
(Tell me that it’s warm enough here for ya)
Warm enough outside, inside me, me, me, me

[Outro]
Warm enough outside, inside
Warm enough outside, inside me-me-me-me, me-me-me
Ohh-whoa, is it warm enough outside, inside?

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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,434: ‘Drew Barrymore’ – SZA

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    My familiarity with SZA comes from her being featured on Maroon 5’s hit single “What Lovers Do” from their latest album. I’m assuming you are not familiar with this since you didn’t mention it, eschew listening to the radio and have been derelict in posting about the current hits while summarily (and I would submit unknowingly) writing off those hits as inferior music.😊

    Anyway, I really do like her sound and, as Adam Levine recently predicted, very soon the whole world will know of SZA. Here is her being featured on the Maroon 5 song:

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    How is her name pronounced or do you just say the letters?

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