Song of the Day #5,271: ‘Alien Superstar’ – Beyoncé

The second album, in addition to Rosalia’s Motomami, to appear on all three New York Times critics’ ‘best of 2022’ lists is, predictably, Beyoncé’s Renaissance. This album has been a huge critical smash since it dropped in late July.

I have to admit I haven’t listened to the album all the way through since the day it came out. Back then I wrote that, while I recognized its appeal for its target audience, I didn’t count myself among that audience.

I don’t know if I still feel that way, but I have come to really enjoy both initial single ‘Break My Soul’ and second single ‘Cuff It.’ Today’s track, ‘Alien Superstar,’ is another winner, even if it owes its catchy chorus to Right Said Fred. I have a feeling the rest of the album might grow on me if I spend some time with it.

So let that be an early New Year’s resolution… I will give Renaissance another shot before it inevitably loses to Adele at the Grammys.

[Intro]
Please do not be alarmed, remain calm
Do not attempt to leave the dance-floor
The DJ booth is conducting a troubleshoot test of the entire system

[Verse 1]
I’m one of one, I’m number one, I’m the only one
Don’t even waste your time trying to compete with me (Don’t do it)
No one else in this world can think like me (True)
I’m twisted (Twisted), I’ll contradict it
Keep him addicted, lies on his lips, I lick it

[Pre-Chorus]
Unique
That’s what you are
Stilеttos kicking vintage crystal off the bar
Category: bad bitch, I’m thе bar
Alien superstar
Whip, whip

[Chorus]
I’m too classy for this world, forever, I’m that girl
Feed you diamonds and pearls, ooh, baby
I’m too classy to be touched, I paid them all in dust
I’m stingy with my love, ooh, baby

[Post-Chorus]
I’m (U-N-I-Q-U-E)
Ooh, I’m stingy with my love, ooh, baby
I’m (U-N-I-Q-U-E)
Ooh, I’m stingy with my love (Unique)

[Verse 2]
Unicorn is the uniform you put on
Eyes on you when you perform
Eyes on I when I put on
Mastermind in haute couture
Label whores can’t clock, I’m so obscure (Unique)
Masterpiece, genius
Drip intravenous
Patty cake on that wrist
Tiffany Blue billboards over that ceiling (Unique)
We don’t like plain
Always dreamed of paper planes
Mile-high when I rodeo
Then I come down and take off again (Unique)
You see pleasure in my glare
Look over my shoulder and you ain’t scared
The effects you have on me when you stare
Head on a pillow, hike it in the air

[Chorus]
I’m too classy for this world, forever, I’m that girl
Feed you diamonds and pearls, ooh, baby
I’m too classy to be touched, I paid them all in dust
I’m stingy with my love, ooh, baby

[Post-Chorus]
I got pearls beneath my legs, my lips, my hands, my hips (U-N-I-Q-U-E)
I got diamonds beneath my thighs where his ego will find bliss
Can’t find an ocean deep that can compete with this cinnamon kiss (U-N-I-Q-U-E)
Fire beneath your feet, music when you speak, you’re so unique

[Bridge]
(Unique)
That’s what you are
Lingerie reflecting off the mirror on the bar
Category: sexy bitch, I’m the bar
Alien superstar

[Outro: Beyoncé & Barbara Ann Teer]
We dress a certain way
We walk a certain way
We talk a certain way
We, we paint a certain way
We, we make love a certain way, you know?
All of these things we do in a different
Unique, specific way that is personally ours
We just reaching out to the solar system
We flying over bullshit, we flying over
Supernatural love up in the air
I just talk my shit, Casanova
Superstar, supernova
Power, pull ’em in closer
If that’s your man, then why he over here? (Unique)

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #5,271: ‘Alien Superstar’ – Beyoncé

  1. Amy says:

    I don’t see it losing to Adele again ;p

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    Yeah, I think the Grammy’s will make sure to correct its previous mistake.

  3. Maddie says:

    Love this album more with each listen – it’s purely dancey to be sure, but does so much right with grounding influence in the LGBT community and celebrating that. These songs get very stuck in my head and I’m looking forward to seeing her perform some of them at some point soon.

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