Scene Four: Single Ladies
Beyoncé Lyrics


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All the single ladies
(All the single ladies)
All the single ladies
(All the single ladies)
All the single ladies
(All the single ladies)
All the single ladies
Now put your hands up

Up in the club--we just broke up
I'm doing my own little thing
You decided to dip and now you wanna trip
'Cause another brother noticed me
I'm up on him, he up on me
Don't pay him any attention
'Cause I cried my tears for three good years
You can't be mad at me

[Chorus]
'Cause if you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
Don't be mad once you see that he want it
If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
'Cause if you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
Don't be mad once you see that he want it
If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it

I got gloss on my lips, a man on my hips
Got me tighter than my Dereon jeans
Acting up, drink in my cup
I can care less what you think
I need no permission, did I mention?
Don't pay him any attention
'Cause you had your turn, but now you gon' learn
What it really feels like to miss me

'Cause if you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
Don't be mad once you see that he want it
If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
'Cause if you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
Don't be mad once you see that he want it
If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh

Don't treat me to these things of the world
I'm not that kind of girl
Your love is what I prefer, what I deserve
Here's a man that makes me then takes me
And delivers me to a destiny, to infinity and beyond
Pull me into your arms
Say I'm the one you want
If you don't, you'll be alone
And like a ghost I'll be gone

All the single ladies
All the single ladies
All the single ladies
All the single ladies
All the single ladies
All the single ladies
All the single ladies
Now put your hands up

Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
'Cause if you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
Don't be mad once you see that he want it
If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
Oh, oh, oh
If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it




Don't be mad once you see that he want it
If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it

Overall Meaning

"Single Ladies" by Beyoncé is a powerful feminist anthem that hails the independence and strength of single women. The opening lyrics "All the single ladies, now put your hands up" is a direct call to action for women to stand up and be proud of their single status. The song tells a story of a woman who has just broken up with her man but is not bothered by it. She flaunts her fabulous life instead of moping, making her ex feel bad for letting her go. Beyoncé is telling men that if they like a woman, they need to commit to her and not take her for granted. She makes it crystal clear that women deserve respect, love, and commitment from their partners.


In the line "If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it," the ring represents a symbol of commitment and devotion. Beyoncé implies that if a man truly loves a woman, he should take the step to show her by proposing marriage. She also doesn't shy away from her own ambition: "Here's a man that makes me then takes me and delivers me to a destiny, to infinity and beyond." The lyric expresses a woman's desire to be with a man who takes her to her potential and beyond.


Line by Line Meaning

All the single ladies
The singer addresses all the unmarried ladies in the crowd and urges them to unleash their independence by putting their hands up and celebrating their single status.


Up in the club--we just broke up
The singer narrates how she ended her relationship with her ex-boyfriend at the club they frequent.


I'm doing my own little thing
The singer is focusing on herself and her own interests after her breakup.


You decided to dip and now you wanna trip
The singer's ex-boyfriend left her and is now upset that another man is interested in her.


'Cause another brother noticed me
The singer's ex-boyfriend is jealous because another man has taken an interest in her.


I'm up on him, he up on me
The singer is dancing and flirting with another man at the club.


Don't pay him any attention
The singer is ignoring her jealous ex-boyfriend's behavior because she is enjoying her time with the new man in her life.


'Cause I cried my tears for three good years
The singer reveals that she spent three years crying over her ex-boyfriend, but now she has moved on and is happy without him.


'Cause if you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it
The singer is telling her ex-boyfriend that if he truly loved her, he should have committed to her by marrying her.


Don't be mad once you see that he want it
The singer is warning her ex-boyfriend not to be upset when he sees that another man is interested in her because he had his chance to claim her.


I got gloss on my lips, a man on my hips
The singer is confident in her beauty and has a new man in her life who desires her.


Acting up, drink in my cup
The singer is enjoying herself at the club and drinking, carefree and having a good time.


I can care less what you think
The singer is unbothered by her ex-boyfriend's jealousy and doesn't care what he thinks of her new relationship.


Here's a man that makes me then takes me
The singer is confident in her new man's ability to both impress and satisfy her.


And delivers me to a destiny, to infinity and beyond
The singer is hopeful that her new relationship will lead her down a path of happiness and fulfillment for eternity.


Say I'm the one you want
The singer is challenging her ex-boyfriend to show her that he still loves her and wants to commit to her as the new man in her life has done.


If you don't, you'll be alone
The singer warns her ex-boyfriend that if he doesn't show her he loves her, he will end up alone without her.


And like a ghost I'll be gone
The singer will disappear from her ex-boyfriend's life if he doesn't prove his love to her, leaving him alone with only the memory of her.




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@myrestaurant9560

I wish I could dance like them

@atahe4578

if you gotta dream, then strive for it bro!

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But that bitch taylor swift stole her award

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