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    Posted: Jun 19 2011 at 12:42am
Particularly this song.



and most importantly this simple verse ?

If we were made in His image
Then call us by our names
Most intellects do not Believe in God
But they fear us just the same






I purposely googled this song just to see if anyone would nail the lyrics right on the spot -or- dramatically (and foolishly) misinterpret what she was saying.

and on this site there were black people who were drastically misinterpreting what she meant:
http://www.sing365.com/music/archive.nsf/Erykah-Badu-On-and-On-Reviews/8448BE7D26FBFA5648257694000D14CA

I was pissed some were saying she's a devil worshiper,etc. Angry

so for any bhm'ers who couldn't get what she meant (even though the context was unbelievably easy for most blk folk to understand)

Here's a CORRECT interpretation of what she meant in the above verse:

If we were made in His image- she is obviously referring to the fact that
blacks were the first humans on earth, created as a direct representation of god, being the first people on the planet.


Then call us by our names- she is talking about how blacks have been systematically excluded and degraded/targeted with racism, yet we are a direct image of god, and should be acknowledged exactly for what we truly are, hence "call us by our names"

Most intellects do not Believe in God
But they fear us just the same-


This is the easiest part of the verse to understand, yet it seems just about EVERYONE on that website misinterpreted it, it was so annoying to read everyone's idiotic responses, like hello ? , how can ppl (especially blk) misinterpret "they fear us just the same"

...and no, she is not talking about "us" all being god's children in a battle against "them". She is specifically referring to the mistreatment of blk ppl in society.

Basically, what she meant was:

A lot of times, people will hear a (psuedo, Because "the man who knows something knows he knows nothing at all" lol.) intellects will proudly state that they are atheist, and don't believe in god.

This is where Erykah incorporates sarcasm lol, when referring to these white psuedo-intellects

because often times these ppl will be so bold to state how they don't believe in a "god", but seconds later when they're walking to their car in an alley/parking lot, they will be scared as heck when encountering a black person, god's child, hence "they fear US just the same"

I'm 18 and i completely understand the context of which she wrote this song.

How can any black person misinterpret this ? Stern Smile


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 19 2011 at 1:23am
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 19 2011 at 1:37am
not a fan....respect but not a fan so idc

on not it's not hard to understand


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 19 2011 at 1:44am
Some people's minds are just closed, I don't get it. I have seen people take metaphors too literally. "I bleed your love" .... The illiterate will say "oh, he must have cut himself and is bleeding, right? Let's head to the ER" They only scratch the surface. I don't know. Anyhow, I'm not really a fan of Erykah Badu but I do like that song a lot!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 19 2011 at 1:59am
I'm a fan! I love her and I totally understand the meaning of her lyrics. We live in a world that is unfortunately incapable of looking beyond the very literal. Everything is so blunt and overt these days. Nothing is left to the imagination, which is why a lot of people don't have any imagination. Erykah is a great metaphorical songwriter. That's one of the things about her that makes me a fanSmile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 19 2011 at 9:58am
I love everything about Erykah Badu! But alot of ppl see her as some crazy azz chick with crazy azz hair who sings crazy azz songs.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 19 2011 at 11:21am

I feel a little embarrassed. An 18 year old had to break down the meaning of this song to me. WOW! But, thank you, anyways. I have to admit that I had no idea what she was talking about myself. I've always liked that song but didn't understand until now.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 19 2011 at 1:10pm
people just arent used to it. it can go over a lot of people's heads
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 19 2011 at 2:14pm
Originally posted by mscaribbeanma mscaribbeanma wrote:

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i know you get it Wink

reading your siggy in that "Say It. I Dare You" thread, made me google it and wonder if others understood it as well
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