Is "Sorry" About Jay Z? Beyonce's New Song Has Some Telling Lyrics

INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Rapper Jay Z and singer Beyonce with daughter Blue Ivy Carter onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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On Saturday night, music fans, after reeling from the loss of Prince, were treated to a bit of happiness. Beyonce dropped her new visual album Lemonade on Tidal after an hour long special on HBO of the same name, and since it's been about three years since we've received the musical blessings of Queen B, you best believe that the news was welcome. The album is already trending, but one of the songs is gaining a lot of attention. Is Beyonce's "Sorry" about Jay Z? Let's examine the lyrics.

The Lemonade HBO special didn't shy away from addressing the rumors that she and husband, and father of their child Blue Ivy, confronted infidelity. The special hinted that Jay Z cheated on Beyonce, but nothing was explicit. That's how Beyonce rolls, though. Innuendo is key. Bustle reached out to Beyonce and Jay Z's reps for comment, but has not yet heard back.

So! Could Beyonce's new song "Sorry" reveal what she went through during the alleged infidelity? Here are the lyrics:

Sorry, I ain't sorry
Sorry, I ain't sorry
I ain't sorry, n*gga, nah
Sorry, I ain't sorry
Sorry, I ain't sorry
I ain't sorry

The first refrain would make it seem like the storyteller has something to apologize for, but really, it seems like she's actually saying "sorry not sorry" for her reaction to being the victim. Then the first verse goes:

He trying to roll me up
I ain't picking up
Headed to the club
I ain't thinking 'bout you
Me and my ladies sip my D'USSE cup
I don't give a fuck, chucking my deuces up
Suck on my balls, pause, I had enough
I ain't thinking 'bout you
I ain't thinking 'bout

And then the bridge gives us a hint at how she really feels:

Middle fingers up, put them hands high
Wave it in his face, tell him, boy, bye
Tell him, boy, bye, middle fingers up
I ain't thinking 'bout you

The hook, which is starts off the song repeats again. 

Then we get the second verse:

Now you want to say you're sorry
Now you want to call me crying
Now you gotta see me wilding
Now I'm the one that's lying
And I don't feel bad about it
It's exactly what you get
Stop interrupting my grinding
I ain't thinking 'bout you

We get the hook again here, then the third verse:

Looking at my watch, he shoulda been home
Today I regret the night I put that ring on
He always got them f*cking excuses
I pray to the Lord you reveal what his truth is

I left a note in the hallway
By the time you read it, I'll be far away
I'm far away

But I ain't f*cking with nobody
Let's have a toast to the good life
Suicide before you see this tear fall down my eyes
Me and my baby, we gon' be alright
We gon' live a good life
Big homie better grow up
Me and my woodies 'bout to stroll up
I see them boppers in the corner
They sneaking out the back door

He only want me when I'm not there
He better call Becky with the good hair
He better call Becky with the good hair

And that's the song. 

Now, does every song by an artist have to autobiographical? Not in the least. But Beyonce has a tendency to reveal her truth through music — see "Blue" and "Heartbeat," a song about her miscarriage — so it's possible that "Sorry" references her emotions after Jay allegedly cheated on her. The lyrics "Today I regret the night I put that ring on/ He always got them f*cking excuses" sounds like someone regrets their marriage, and "Me and my baby, we gon' be alright/ We gon' live a good life" sounds like someone who knows that despite a divorce or a split, she and her child are going to be just fine.

There are strong suggestions throughout Lemonade that Jay Z and Beyonce experienced a bumpy road in their marriage (even the name itself implies that she ended up with something sweet after being dealt something bitter) but until she reveals without question the motivation for "Sorry," we're left to speculate. 

Regardless if the song is from Beyonce's heart, it's for Beyonce's fans:

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An anthem is an anthem, no matter what the intention. 

Lemonade, with "Sorry," is currently on Tidal.

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