Song of the Day #3,980: ‘Bootylicious’ – Destiny’s Child

My musical landscape was so narrow at the turn of the millennium that Destiny’s Child somehow completely escaped my attention. The trio’s 2001 album Survivor was a massive hit but not one I listened to even once.

One great thing about the streaming era is the freedom it gives you to listen to any number of different genres without the monetary risk. In fact, the more new music you consume the more of a bargain you’re getting for the $10-15 per month you’re spending with Apple, Amazon or Spotify. Back in 2001, I wouldn’t have dropped $12 to buy an R&B album on spec. Today, I’d at least give it a shot.

Eighteen years later, it’s hard to believe that Beyoncé was once just the lead singer of a very successful girl group, and not a global icon. In fact, Kelly Rowland was the first Destiny’s Child member to take a stab at a solo career and did so pretty successfully.

Beyoncé was the lead singer on most tracks and the band’s main creative force. She has a songwriting credit on every one of this album’s original songs. But the record feels very much like a unified group effort, not a star and two backups. And that makes it pretty refreshing when looking back at it through the lens of today’s Beyoncé-ruled pop culture landscape.

Survivor starts out very well, front-loaded with its three hits. ‘Independent Woman, Pt. 1,’ ‘Survivor’ and ‘Bootylicious’ make for a fierce, fun and highly danceable opening trio. The album loses momentum after that and kind of whimpers to a close, but for about half its length it makes a very strong impression.

Today’s song makes good use of the guitar lick from Stevie Nicks’ ‘Edge of Seventeen’ (you’ll spot her in the video as well).

Kelly, can you handle this?
Michelle, can you handle this?
Beyonce, can you handle this?
I don’t think they can handle this

Better move, cause we’ve arrived
Lookin’ sexy, lookin’ fly
Baddest chick, chick inside
DJ, jam tonight

Spotted me, a tender thang
There you are, come on baby
Don’t you wanna dance with me?
Can you handle, handle me?

You gotta do much better
If you’re gonna dance with me tonight
You gotta work your jelly
If you’re gonna dance with me tonight

Read my lips carefully, if you like what you see
Move, groove, prove you can hang with me
By the looks I got you shook up and scared of me
Buckle your seatbelt, it’s time for takeoff

[Hook]
I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly
I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly
I don’t think you’re ready for this
Cause my body’s too bootylicious for ya babe

I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly
I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly
I don’t think you’re ready for this
Cause my body’s too bootylicious for ya babe

Baby can you handle this?
Baby can you handle this?
Baby can you handle this?
I don’t think you can handle this

I’m about to break you off
H-town goin’ hard, read my hips
Slap my thighs, swing my hair
Squint my eyes

Lookin’ hot, smellin’ good
Groovin’ like I’m from the hood
Over my shoulder I blow you a kiss
Can you handle, handle this?

[Hook]
I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly
I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly
I don’t think you’re ready for this
Cause my body’s too bootylicious for ya babe

I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly
I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly
I don’t think you’re ready for this
Cause my body’s too bootylicious for ya babe

Move your body up and down
Make your booty touch the ground
I can’t help but wonder why
My vibe’s too vibealacious for you babe

I shake my jelly at every chance
When I whip with my hips you slip into a trance
I’m hoping you can handle all this jelly that I have
Now let’s cut a rug while we scat some jazz

[Hook]
I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly
I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly
I don’t think you’re ready for this
Cause my body’s too bootylicious for ya babe

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,980: ‘Bootylicious’ – Destiny’s Child

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve heard this song countless times and had no idea the line they were repeating was “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.” Maybe there’s something about using the Stevie Nicks guitar lick that makes lyrics indecipherable.😀

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