Work It Out
Beyoncé Lyrics


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(Sing it girl)

How ya doin', honey, baby
You know I don't ask for much but
For a girl spendin' time alone
Can be pretty rough

But I get a knock on my door
You know it's yours for sure
We can't wait for the bedroom so
We just hit the floor (sing it girl)

Is y'all alright?
I don't know
But I know what's happened to me, girl, hey (sing it y'all)
Is y'all alright?
Uh, break it down now (sing it girls)

Is y'all alright?
I don't know
But I know what's happened to me, girl
Is y'all alright?
Uh, break it down now

See you gotta work it out
See you gotta work it out
A brotha gotta work it out

Child, blow your horn now
Come on, child, blow your horn now
Child, blow your horn now
Come on, child, blow your horn now

So we shakin' back and forth now
Just keep it coming babe
Treat my body like a guitar
You got to, you got to keep on strumming babe
But in the back of my mind
(I wonder) is it gonna be the last time
Well if it ain't nobody loving and you gon' keep it coming
Well baby with me that's fine

Is y'all alright?
I don't know but I know what's happening to me girl
Is y'all alright?
Uh, break it down now (sing it, c'mon)

Is y'all alright?
I don't know but I know what's happening to me, girl (c'mon)
Is y'all alright, uh?
Huh, break it down now

See you gotta work it out (sing it)
See you gotta work it out
Brotha gotta work it out, ohh whoa

Child, blow your horn now (hey)
Come on, child, blow your horn now
Child, blow your horn now
Come on, child, blow your horn now

I like this!
Oh hey
Uh look it here, ha bridge

So baby hold me
Like you don't wanna let go
I'm feeling foxy
'Cause boy you working it out
Daddy you given me a taste of your honey
I want the whole bee hive
I'm gonna call you my sugar
'Cause I (I) had the sweetest time (the sweetest time)

See you gotta work it out
See you gotta work it out
Brotha gotta work it out

I like it when the horn go
I like it when the horn go
I like it when the horn go
I like it when the horn go

Ha! Austin better work it out
Ha! Foxy better work it out




Ha! AP3 better work it out
Ha! AP3 better work it out

Overall Meaning

In "Work it Out" by Beyonce, she sings about how hard it can be to be alone, but when her lover comes knocking on her door, they are ready to hit the dance floor instead of waiting for the bedroom. She encourages everyone to "work it out" and "blow their horn," using the metaphor of playing a guitar to describe how her lover should treat her body. Though she wonders if this will be the last time, as long as they keep coming back to each other, everything will be okay.


Line by Line Meaning

How ya doin', honey, baby
Beyonce is greeting her partner in a sweet, romantic way.


You know I don't ask for much but
Beyonce is sharing that she doesn't usually ask much from her partner.


For a girl spendin' time alone
Beyonce is referencing to how difficult it is for her to spend time alone.


Can be pretty rough
Beyonce is conveying that spending time alone can be tough.


But I get a knock on my door
Beyonce is letting her partner know that someone is at her door.


You know it's yours for sure
Beyonce is stating that it's her partner who is at the door.


We can't wait for the bedroom so
Beyonce is implying that they cannot wait to go to the bedroom.


We just hit the floor (sing it girl)
Beyonce is alluding to dancing up a storm with her partner.


Is y'all alright?
Beyoncé is asking if everyone is okay.


I don't know
Beyoncé is unsure about everyone's well-being.


But I know what's happened to me, girl, hey (sing it y'all)
Beyoncé is aware of what's happening in her life.


Uh, break it down now (sing it girls)
Beyoncé is asking for someone to break it down and sing it out.


See you gotta work it out
Beyonce is implying that it's important to work things out.


A brotha gotta work it out
Beyonce is emphasizing that her partner has to work things out as well.


Child, blow your horn now
Beyoncé is asking someone to play a horn.


Come on, child, blow your horn now
Beyonce is encouraging someone to play the horn.


So we shakin' back and forth now
Beyonce is dancing with her partner.


Just keep it coming babe
Beyonce is requesting her partner to keep the momentum going.


Treat my body like a guitar
Beyoncé is asking her partner to treat her body like an instrument - to take care of it.


You got to, you got to keep on strumming babe
Beyonce urges her partner to continue giving her attention and affection.


But in the back of my mind
Beyonce shares that she has a thought in the back of her mind.


(I wonder) is it gonna be the last time
Beyonce is questioning if it will be the last time she does this with her partner.


Well if it ain't nobody loving and you gon' keep it coming
Beyonce is okay with her partner being the only one who loves her if they continue their actions.


Well baby with me that's fine
Beyonce states that she is okay with her partner loving her the most.


See you gotta work it out (sing it)
Beyonce is reiterating that it's essential to work things out.


Brotha gotta work it out, ohh whoa
Beyonce is emphasizing that it's especially important for her partner to work things out as well.


Ha! Austin better work it out
Beyonce is calling out Austin to work things out.


Ha! Foxy better work it out
Beyonce is calling out Foxy to work things out.


Ha! AP3 better work it out
Beyonce is calling out AP3 to work things out.


Ha! AP3 better work it out
Beyonce is calling out AP3 to work things out.


Daddy you given me a taste of your honey
Beyonce has had a glimpse into her partner's inner self.


I want the whole bee hive
Beyonce desires to know more about her partner beyond just a taste.


I'm gonna call you my sugar
Beyonce is naming her partner in a sweet way.


'Cause I (I) had the sweetest time (the sweetest time)
Beyonce is calling out that she has had the best time ever because of her partner.


I like it when the horn go
Beyonce enjoys the sound of the horn.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, Peermusic Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Beyonce Gisselle Knowles, Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams

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Comments from YouTube:

@Ciclopea2

One of the funkiest most underrated Beyoncé songs, she stood out as an original and set trends instead of following them, a unique Diva, love this era.

@jackdalton3246

Ciclopea2 you heard of Tina turner? That’s her style right there.

@chinonyeezeamii4221

CICLOPEA2, Big lie. She copied Tina Turner to the max in this video. Useless video with that thrusting scene.

@steflondon88

seems very Tina Turner here.

@tmn8547

You guys are spot on in this comment section. I’d like to add that she was also inspired greatly by the legendary Pam Grier during this era as well. From the afro to the character “Foxy Cleopatra “ to the kick and punch that she does in this video. In fact, Pam Grier did the same kick and punch in the 1970s iconic blaxploitation film “Foxy Brown”. Just take a look at the opening scene. I remember Beyonce saying that she studied Pam Grier’s work before filming this movie. Although I’m a millennial, I believe in studying the architects and pioneers in the business.

@oshane6923

@@lasurratt
How could she copy Amerie when her record dropped years before Amerie even started producing her album?
Don't try to rewrite history without at least getting the facts.

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@xrystal89

This woman really went through an entire range of styles and musical genres-and NAILED every one of them.

@OhthatsAlisha

Straight facts!!! 🙌🏾

@byroncash9606

We’d be happy je

@alanduran-gonzalez8060

Except the part where more twerkin was needed to make dem video more ghetto fabulous jejeje 😹

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