10 ‘Lemonade’ lyrics that gave us life

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Beyoncé has blessed us with a brilliant ode to black womanhood and a blueprint for finding power through pain with the release of “Lemonade.” While your brain is likely still processing everything (most of us weren’t really ready), you’ve likely already experienced the euphoria that comes with singing, “I ain’t sorry!” or “You know I give you liiiife…” in the mirror while you body roll like Serena Williams.

Like affirmations, Beyoncé’s Lemonade lyrics are meant to be said out loud, in moments when you need a reminder of the goddess within — or when the people around you seem to have forgotten who you are.

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So write them on a post-it, tweet them out, and if you’re a hardcore member of the #BeyHive, (maybe?) get one tatted. But most importantly, don’t forget to tap into your greatness no matter what’s going on in your life. Here’s a starter list of times you may be handed lemons and need to twist out some lemonade:

1. When your significant other is acting a plumb fool

“When you play me, you play yourself/ Don’t play yourself”


2.  When you have to pick up a second job to cover all these weddings, baby showers, birthday trips and a down payment on that first house…

“She works for the money, she work for the money/From the start to the finish…”

3.  And you’re fighting for that raise you deserve and won’t wait to negotiate…

“…And she worth every dollar, she worth every dollar/And she worth every minute”


4. When it seems like everyone else is “ahead” of you in life on Facebook but you’ve still got goals to reach…

“I’ma keep running/ Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves”

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5.  When your hard work is criticized or misunderstood

“Only way to go is up, skin thick, too tough”

6.  When you get that, “So how you been, stranger” text

“Stop interrupting my grinding/ I ain’t thinking ’bout you”


7.  When your intuition comes face-to-face with screenshots, texts or a literal person standing at your door (please)…

“Tell him, boy, bye, boy, bye”

And remind him…

“Better call Becky with the good hair”

8.  When you’re told you’re “overreacting” but actually just a woman expressing an opinion…

“But ten times out of nine, I’m only human”

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9. When someone tries to undermine your (degree, accomplishments, position, intelligence) and gets it all the way twisted…

“Who the *** do you think I am?”

10. When you’re looking to tap into a place of inner peace and strength no matter what comes your way…

“They say true love’s the greatest weapon”