Song of the Day #3,962: ‘Before I Let Go’ – Beyoncé

Last month,
Beyoncé dropped a surprise album and Netflix film documenting her historic performance at 2018’s Coachella festival.

Beyoncé was the first Black woman to headline that event, and she delivered an instantly iconic show that utilized marching bands from historically black colleges and universities to deliver a celebration of Black culture.

I haven’t watched the whole documentary (yet), but in addition to showing the concert itself, it goes behind the scenes to depict the planning required to pull off such an ambitious and meaningful performance.

The accompanying album release, titled (like the film) Homecoming, features a couple of bonus tracks, including today’s SOTD.

‘Before I Let Go’ was originally released by Maze (featuring Frankie Beverly) in 1981, and if you believe the YouTube comments, is a staple at every Black BBQ ever. Beyoncé gives the song her own spin, serving up an anthem to brother and sisterhood that transcends generations.

[Verse 1]
You make me happy
This you can bet, yeah
It’s clear right beside me, yeah
And I won’t forget
And I really love you
You should know
I wanna make sure I’m right, boy
Before I let go
Now, we had our good times
That we can say
We hurted each other, yeah
And, boy, it’s a shame
I won’t be foolish, no
I wanna know
I wanna make sure I’m bright, boy
Before I let go
Yeah, uh, yeah, yeah

[Chorus]
You know, I thank God sun rises and shines on you
You know there’s nothing, nothin’, nothin’ I would not do, oh
Before I let you go, woah
I would never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never
Let you go before I go

[Verse 2]
I pull up to Coachella (Pull up)
In boots with the goose feathers (Pull up)
I brought the squad with me (I got the squad)
Black on black bandanas, I (I got the squad)
Dussé and Champagne (Champagne)
I did the damn thing (I did the damn thing)
Dirty Diana (Dirty Diana)
Singin’ and dancin’ all in the rain (Woo)
Ooh (To the left)
I just wanna have a good time (Turn around)
Turn around, kick, then slide
And twirl that ass to the right, now
Ooh, bunny hop, bunny hop, drop, pop
Cross your legs, turn around and clap
Shuffle to the left, let’s glide now
Ooh, drop it down, drop it down low, low
Low, low, low to the floor, floor
Bring it up, clap, then roll, roll
Step on ’em, step on ’em, step on ’em, step
Step on ’em, kick on ’em, stomp, then you step
Swag the right, surf the left
Work the middle ’til it hurt a little

[Outro]
(Oh, woah, woah, woah, woah, woah, oh)
Before I let, before I let, b-b-before I let go
(Oh, woah, woah, woah, woah, woah, oh)
Before I let, before I let, b-b-before I let go

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,962: ‘Before I Let Go’ – Beyoncé

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I have (a) never attended a Black BBQ and thus (b) never heard this song. 😁

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