I have major beef with Beyonce. Her song, “All The Single Ladies” continues to be my most despised song, lyrics-wise. No. Being single is not that fabulous. No, I will not dance around celebrating my un-attachment to a significant other. Good try, Beyonce in trying to make the single person’s mindset seem less bleak, but instead you are just calling attention to our blight.
Do you realize what happens when your song is played at a club? ALL THE SINGLE LADIES go crazy, but it’s not a good kind of crazy. Sure, they may be dancing and looking like they are enjoying themselves, but you know what? I bet about 95% of ladies who hear this song are not thinking about how fantastic it is to be without a partner. I’m pretty sure “all the single ladies” can best relate to these lyrics, brought to you by Smokey Robinson’s Tracks Of My Tears:
People say I’m the life of the party
Because I tell a joke or two
Although I might be laughing loud and hearty
Deep inside I’m blue
So take a good look at my face
You’ll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it’s easy to trace
The tracks of my tears..
Or take these lyrics from Smokey’s other hit, The Tears Of A Clown:
Now if there’s a smile on my face
It’s only there trying to fool the public
But when it comes down to fooling you
Now honey that’s quite a different subject
But don’t let my glad expression
Give you the wrong impression
Now if I appear to be carefree
It’s only to camouflage my sadness
And honey to shield my pride I try
To cover this hurt with a show of gladness
Sorry Beyonce, but your hit, “All The Single Ladies” was a terrible concept for a song. Besides calling attention to the fact that there are unattached females (which can be pretty upsetting), the song is also pressuring people to get married. Last I checked, it didn’t look like my generation needed any more pressure about how to live their life. The lyrics, “If you like it then you should’ve put a ring on it” are pretty insisting. It pretty much just sounds like those lyrics are making everyone feel uncomfortable.
I’m hoping that the world’s DJ’s will learn that this is a destructive song. If it were up to me, only mash-ups of this song would be allowed to be played. I’m ok with the music, but the lyrics should not be the focus of this song. The following mash-up versions however, are decently passable: