Saturday, 20 July 2019

All the Lyrics You Need to Know From Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift Album




On Thursday night, Beyoncé dropped her anticipated The Lion King: The Gift album, which is described as a "love letter to Africa."

She produced and curated the compilation record, which accompanies the CGI reboot of the hit 1994 film, in which she portrays Nala. The album features new songs inspired by the film, as well as "Spirit" from the movie's soundtrack, which was also released separately as its own album. The Lion King: The Giftfeatures the singer's husband Jay-Z, her co-star Donald Glover—using his music artist name of Childish GambinoPharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar. In addition, Beyoncé and her husband's daughter Blue Ivy Carter, 7, is featured on the song "Brown Skin Girl," and also has a writing credit.

The album is "steeped in African influences from various corners of the Continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and crisp production that celebrate the African diaspora. This love letter to Africa highlights the setting of the film, rooted in African culture and wondrous narratives," according to a press release.

"I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline," Beyoncé said.  "Each song was written to reflect the film's storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me."

Let's decode the lyrics to the songs on The Lion King: The Gift Album 

1. "Balance" (Mufasa interlude) - James Earl Jones: The actor reprises his role as Simba's dad and recites one of his famous lines that he tells his son: "Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. You need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope. We're all connected in the great circle of life."

2. "Bigger" - Beyoncé ft. RAYE: The lyrics inspire personal motivation: "Bigger, you're part of something way better / Bigger than you, bigger than we / Bigger than the picture they framed us to see / Legacy, oh, you're part of something way bigger."

3. "The Stars" (Mufasa interlude): Jones' Mufasa tells his son to "look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars. So whenever you feel alone, just remember, those kings will always be up there to guide you, and so will I." An African chant is heard as he speaks.

4. "Find Your Way Back" - Beyoncé: sings about navigating life: "Find your way back / Big, big world, but you got it, baby / Find your way back, don't let this life drive you crazy / Find your way back, come back home with the street lights on / Find your way back, find your way back, yeah"

5. "Uncle Scar" (Scar interlude) - Chiwetel EjioforScar dryly tells his nephew, "Go back to your den, Simba... I don't babysit."

6. "Don't Jealous Me" - Tekno, Yemi Alade & Mr. Eazi: The fast-paced song about personal relationships and conflict contains lyrics such as "Sheep don't run with lion / Snake don't swing with monkey / I can't talk for too long / Got too much gold to try on" and "Jealousy / Don't you jealous me / That's that jealousy."

7. "Danger" (Young Simba and Young Nala interlude) - JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright: Young Simba brags to young Nala that he "laughs in the face of danger" as he brings her to explore an elephant graveyard beyond the Pride Lands.

8. "Ja Ara E" - Burna Boy: The song title is a slang word that means "Wise Up." It is in Yoruba, a language spoken in African nations such as Nigeria.

9. "Run Away" (Scar and Young Simba interlude) - JD McCrary and Chiwetel Ejiofor: Scar tells Simba to "run away and never return" after making him think he got his father Mufasa killed.

10. "Nile" - Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar: This slow R&B number uses a popular pun: "I'm in denial, deep in denial / I'm in the Nile, deep in denial."





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