Cry Your Way Through Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’

Game of Thrones may have returned over the weekend, but that wasn’t the most intense battle we witnessed. Instead, Beyoncé graced her fans with a surprise new “visual album” called Lemonade. It’s an hour long, and depending on how literally you take the lyrics, it offers some intimate details about Jay Z’s alleged affair that nearly tore their marriage apart.
You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, you’ll dance your butt off. But one thing’s for sure — there’s going to be plenty of tears. Life handed Beyoncé lemons, and she turned it into the most bittersweet lemonade. Together, let’s travel through the album’s themes together.

NOT CRYING HANKIE

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When Beyoncé first learns her man has been doing the “Crazy in Love” dance with someone else, she’s understandably ticked off. In the video for “Hold Up,” she demolishes a whole bunch of cars with a baseball bat.

BON VOYAGE HANKIE

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Finally, on the song “Don’t Hurry Yourself,” Beyoncé belts out an empowered growl about moving on to someone else. “This is your final warning,” she roars. “If you try this shit again, you’re going to lose your wife.”

SORRY NOT SORRY HANKIE

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Justin Bieber’s not the only pop artist with a fire single called “Sorry.” On her track of the same name, Beyoncé turns her sadness into an empowered anthem about throwing her middle fingers up at her cheating spouse. “Sorry? I ain’t sorry,” she sings.

HOT MESS HANKIE

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Nothing quite comforts a broken heart like getting dolled up and hitting the town. On “6 Inch,” Beyoncé and the Weeknd weave a sexy ode to a night on the town, boasting about stacking money and hitting the club without any man in sight. It’s the sort of empowering,sexy anthem that’ll soothe any aching heart.

FATHER OF THE BRIDE HANKIE

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As Beyoncé struggles with her own marital issues, she looks at the influence her father had on her own life in the song “Daddy Lessons.” She adds, “My daddy warned me about men like you.”

BOO HOO HANKIE

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She’s talked a pretty tough talk all along, but Beyoncé finally gets incredibly emotional on “Sandcastles,” a heart­wrenching ballad that has replaced Adele’s “Someone Like You” as the song that gets us crying the fastest.

BAE HANKIE

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Whether the album is a work of fiction or a diary entry (or, perhaps, a little bit of both), the Beyoncé on Lemonade decides to forgive her man and attempt to rebuild her marriage.The song “All Night” builds to a satisfying climax that sees her let her man back in. “They say true love’s the greatest weapon,” Beyoncé sings.
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