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Drinking Watermelon: What Beyonce is singing about

Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in Sexy Saturdays

Ms. Robin, Sex Goddess logo  Given that April is Alcohol Awareness Month and the increasingly popular song, Drunk in Love by Beyonce, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put my 2 cents in regarding the somewhat ambiguous line “I been drinkin’ watermelon…” It was only a matter of time.

First, let me give props where they are due – Beyonce did the damn thing as a Black woman! I’m proud of the fact that she shut down iTunes when she released her latest album this past December without any prior album marketing or promotions! Good job, Bey! Second reason to give her props here is that this album is lyrically superior to previous albums – or so I’m told – I’m actually not a big fan of a Beyonce. However, I am also partially basing this on the numerous articles that popped up during my search to learn what Beyonce is talking about when she delivers that oh so intriguing line about drinking watermelon in Drunk in Love. This song has been on the billboard charts for the past 15 weeks, reaching as high as 2nd place. More importantly, the song is my 3 year-olds favorite song right now, so when I read somewhere that Beyonce may be singing about drinking sperm – my mommy censor went off. With good conscience, I could not let my daughter run around singing about drinking sperm.  In contrast, the Sexologist in me was more interested in the song and Beyonce than ever before.

What is Beyonce singing about? Anyone who has ever tried watermelon knows there are often tons of seeds which you may end up SS drunk in loveswallowing. According to Urban Dictionary, “drinking watermelon” reference to drinking a male’s seed, or sperm. While some people think Beyonce is referring to swallowing Jay’s metaphorical “seed,” others think the line is a cultural reference because she is Black and all Black people love watermelon – or so the stereotype goes. I reject both of these ideas as being ridiculous, especially when you put the song into context. After pulling the song lyrics and carefully reading and analyzing them I am almost 100% sure that when Beyonce sings that she has been “drinking watermelon” that she is in fact, singing about an alcoholic beverage – not drinking her husband’s sperm.

In the first verse, Beyonce opens with “I’ve been drinking, I’ve been drinking. I get filthy when that liquor get into me…” A few lines later in the first verse, she continues “…why can’t I keep my fingers off it, baby I want you…” This is the initial reference that the song is about sex under the influence of alcohol. If that wasn’t clear enough, the hook comes in with her singing “…drunk in love, we be all night…” While I could go through this song line by line and break it down that is not necessary to prove the watermelon line is about a beverage and not sperm.  When researching the possibilities of what the line means, I came across a drink recipe that gives the exact ingredients Beyonce sings about – Armand de Brignac, D’Usse, and watermelon juice or vodka, depending on which recipe you choose, either way the name of the drink is, wait for it…WATERMELON. “Boy, I’m drinking. Get my brain right. Armand de Brignac. Gangsta wife…” this is a reference to the first ingredient in the above mentioned drink. Armand de Brignac is an expensive champagne. From previous songs we know that Beyonce and husband Jay-Z are into the finer things in life such as champagne. When hubby Jay comes in, he raps “that “D’Usse is the ****. If I do say so myself.” Not only is D’Usse the 2nd ingredient in SS drunk in love 2the Watermelon drink, but also a high end cognac made by Bacardi for which Jay-Z is the official celebrity spokesperson. Shameless plug? Last hint that the song is about an alcoholic beverage comes in the final verse which includes the now infamous line in the last verse of the song:

I been sippin’ that’s the only thing that keeping me on fire, me on fire

Didn’t mean to spill that liquor all on my attire

I been drinking watermelon

I want your body right here, daddy I want you, right now…

Though I understand why some people think this song is about swallowing and drinking sperm now that I know what “drinking watermelon” can also mean. However, Beyonce is clearly referring to a watermelon based drink, hence the word “liquor”. So, there you have it – debate settled! Interesting fact, there is a new waterless drink, WTRMLN WTR, that claims to boost libido as a result of high levels of Citrulline – an amino acid said to relax and dilate blood vessels. WTRMLN WTR is made of pressed fresh melons and rinds. This sounds like a drink I’m going to have to try! Unfortunately, this drink has just made it to the West Coast and I have yet to find it.

Noticeably, I have not addressed the larger issues with this song – the fact that there are multiple references to sex under the influence which brings up the question of ability to consent in California, not being able to recall what occurred during sex which is never okay, as well as a reference that may be understood to many as intimate partner violence. Guess what, April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Maybe I’ll take a look at this song through that lens soon. Until next Saturday…

Keep it safe and sexy,

Ms. Robin, the Sex Goddess

Have a topic or question you’d like me to address in a future Sexy Saturdays article? Send it to me at RMills@sexucation.org.

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