Lizzo, Grrrls: the meaning and history of the text

On June 10, 2022, Lizzo released a new song, Grrrls(urban slang for girls“Girls”) and, as it happened About Damn Time, wek people immediately went crazy on social media and music communities: the song is heard a lot, the atmosphere is cheerful and bright, and people want to know the lyrics and find out what the real meaning might be. There was also a controversy for a few days over the use of a very specific word, a controversy that was resolved almost immediately. In this article we will give all the information about the text, its meaning and its history.

Below you can find the official streaming of the song.

Lizzo, Grrrls: the text and its meaning

We know this: Lizzo is a girl with a strong character. He had his own path of personal growth (that was the main argument behind it About Damn Time) and now he just wants to live his life to the fullest and be respected. If that doesn’t happen, it’s still a way to get more involved with Lizzo. Grrrls it’s a song about how close friends stay close when we need to ally against people who bother us and make us angry, giving them the reaction they deserve..

Grab my bag, b *** h, grab my bag
Do you see that ** t? Stop me
I’m about to knock someone out
Me, where is my best friend?

Save my bag, bitch, save my bag
Do you see that shit? Hold me still
I’m about to knock someone out
Me, where is my best friend?

This is the beginning of the song. Lizzo is furious with someone and we will soon know who they are. Right now he’s focusing on what he’s feeling. And about what she needs: When she’s out of control, she needs her best friend by her side. Because in the end, only she could calm her down. Or if that is not possible, he will stay with her in his battle.

She’s the only one I know who deters me from the deep end

She’s the only one I know who can really change my mind

The two friends are so close that Lizzo mentions codependence, a form of mutual dependence between two people. Sure it’s a metaphorical image, but it helps to understand the deep connection between the two: they are also complicit in their business, Lizzo says they are both CEOs (could refer to Kristen Dykstra, president of the modeling brand founded by Lizzo ago years).

Because this is my girl, we are co-dependent
If she’s with him, I’m with him
Yes, we fight, take care of yours
You, you, you, you, you-su-lu
This is my little girl, the CEOs
And dancing like a CE-ho
We’re about to throw ties at them
Let’s do this

Since this is my girlfriend, we are co-dependent
If she’s there, so am I.
Yes, we fight, take care of yours
You, you, you, you, you-su-lu
This is my girlfriend, we are CEO
And we dance like a CE-ho
We are about to launch the attack on them
Let’s make a mess

So who made Lizzo angry? We find out in the last verse of the song:

I’m going to Lorena Bobbitt with him, so he’ll never hit again
No, oh, you can’t fuck me again now, bro

I become Lorena Bobbitt with him, so I never do it again
No, oh, I never did it again, brother

This is a boy, who did something wrong. Lizzo will make them pay. Citing Lorena Bobbitt, a case that caused a scandal in the 90’s and is perhaps not entirely known to younger generations.

Who is Lorena Bobbitt and why does Lizzo mention her?

Lorena Bobbitt is a girl who, in 1993, cut her husband’s penis with a knife while sleeping. Why she did it was not entirely clear: when she was arrested, she said her husband was a selfish man, while during the trial she claimed she was raped. After what she did, she drove away, threw her husband’s penis, and then called the police, who finally found him. She re-sewed on her husband’s body after complex surgery. Lorena Bobbitt was declared incompetent and willing, therefore not fully responsible for her actions.

“Going Lorena Bobbitt,” as Lizzo says in her song Grrrls, metaphorically means going crazy and doing something violent and definitive against a man. That is, if Lizzo wants to give an idea of ​​how dangerous it can be when she is angry, and if she wants to scare a man away from the possible consequences of arguing with her, Lorena Bobbitt is the right image to present.

The true meaning of the song Grrrls di Lizzo, then, is this: don’t mess with me, or you could end up in serious trouble. Also because I have my best friend always by my side.

“Brush”: There was an insult Grrrls?

Surprisingly, social media users reacted strongly to the first text of Grrrls for Lizzo. The reason is the use of words “I’m a brush”, which were originally instead of “hold me back”. The word “brush” has been interpreted by many as an insult to the disabled. “Brush” is the abbreviation for spastic, but in urban slang it means to be in a bad mood and too dramatic. And Lizzo says it herself, not someone else.

It is obvious that Lizzo did not want to insult anyone using this term, and the meaning of this expression is a metaphorical description of being out of control with anger. However, just days after the controversy, Lizzo announced in this tweet to have officially changed the text, to be “part of the change we all want to see in the world”.

Lizzo, Grrrls: text and translation

Grab my bag, b *** h, grab my bag
Do you see that ** t? Stop me
I’m about to knock someone out
Me, where is my best friend?
She’s the only one I know who deters me from the deep end

Save my bag, bitch, save my bag
Do you see that shit? Hold me still
I’m about to knock someone out
Me, where is my best friend?
She’s the only one I know who can really change my mind

Because this is my girl, we are co-dependent
If she’s with him, I’m with him
Yes, we fight, take care of yours
You, you, you, you, you-su-lu
This is my little girl, the CEOs
And dancing like a CE-ho
We’re about to throw ties at them
Let’s do this

Since this is my girlfriend, we are co-dependent
If she’s there, so am I.
Yes, we fight, take care of yours
You, you, you, you, you-su-lu
This is my girlfriend, we are CEO
And we dance like a CE-ho
We are about to launch the attack on them
Let’s make a mess

Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo, woo-hoo)

Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo, woo-hoo)

Let me take those earrings off
And hit the boosie ratchet with my friends
Woah-oh, woah-oh
Woah-oh, woah-oh
I’m going to Lorena Bobbitt with him, so he’ll never hit again
No, oh, you can’t fuck me again now, bro

Let me take those earrings off
And I take the dam with my friends
Woah-oh, woah-oh
Woah-oh, woah-oh
I become Lorena Bobbitt with him, so I never do it again
No, oh, I never did it again, brother

This is my girl, we are co-dependent
If she’s with him, I’m with him
Yes, we fight, take care of yours
You, you, you, you, you-su-lu
This is my little girl, the CEOs
And dancing like a CE-ho
We’re about to throw ties at them
Let’s do this

Since this is my girlfriend, we are co-dependent
If she’s there, so am I.
Yes, we fight, take care of yours
You, you, you, you, you-su-lu
This is my girlfriend, we are CEO
And we dance like a CE-ho
We are about to launch the attack on them
Let’s make a mess

Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)

Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo, woo-hoo)
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo)
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either
Where are my girls, where are my girls? (Woo-hoo, woo-hoo)

Uh-huh, okay, where are my ladies?
Uh-huh, okay, where are my ladies?
Uh, hold me down
Uh, hold me back
Uh-huh, okay, where are my ladies?

Uh-huh, okay, where are my girls?
Uh-huh, okay, where are my girls?
Uh, hold me down
Uh, keep me quiet (stop)
Uh-huh, okay, where are my girls?

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