This is the last song from Erykah Badu’s phenomenal second album, “Mama’s Gun”. In this sprawling 10 minute ballad, she masterfully explores the emotions a woman goes through after a breakup. Starting with the first verse’s 1930’s jazzy Billy Holiday-esque portrayal of denial, to the second verse’s feelings of acceptance, and finally to the final verse where all of her emotions just overflow. She comes to the point of desperation as she even asks him to make love to her one last time until finally realizing that she is better off without him and stating “I don’t know why I f*cked with you.” This is not only my favorite Badu song, but seeing as how she is my favorite R&B/Soul artist, this is my favorite R&B/Soul song. As far as all-time favorite song, it’s second only to a song with which she is actually featured in which will be posted in a future edition of “In My Time Machine” (hint: the tagline of the website comes directly from her verse in that song). Some believed that this song is about her breakup with Andre 3000, but both parties have stated that neither this nor her song “Tyrone” are about their breakup. They actually stated that the breakup was amicable and they still get along. Regardless of her inspiration for this song, I have yet to hear another song so eloquently and beautifully portray the heartache of a breakup with the different music stylings to go with each emotion.
As always if you enjoy the blog, subscribe to us on WordPress, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @theintellution.