Erykah Badu Songs That Teach You Life Lessons!

Whether it's learning how to love yourself or somebody else, Erykah Badu has classic songs that teach us valuable life lessons.


    In the song "Appletree," Badu describes knowing the importance of choosing her friends and relationships wisely the same way she would pick fruit from an apple tree. This is a reminder to pick your relationships wisely, and if they don't want to get down with you, never change yourself for others! 

    Snippet of lyrics:

    See I picks my friends like I pick my fruit
    & Ganny told me that when I was only a youth
    I don’t walk around trying to be what I’m not
    I don’t waste my time trying ta get what you got
    I work at pleasin’ me cause I can’t please you
    And that’s why I do what I do
    My soul flies free like a willow tree
    Doo wee doo wee do wee

  3. Q.U.E.E.N.

    Now, if you want to talk about women's empowerment, then "Q.U.E.E.N.," by Janelle Monae, featuring Badu, is an exemplary song for that! The song teaches that women need to embrace their feminism and be provocative without worrying about judgment. 

    Snippet of lyrics: 

    Baby, me and tuxedo groove 
    Pharaohs and E. Badu
    Crazy in the black and white
    We got the drums so tight
    Baby, here comes your freedom song
    Too strong, we moving on
    Baby, this melody will show you another way
    Been 'droids for far too long
    Come home and sing your song

  4. Bag Lady

    The classic song "Bag Lady" is the perfect song to deliver advice we all need. Get rid of your extra baggage, honey! In this song, Badu teaches us that in order to grow within ourselves and build new relationships, we have to let the past go. If we continue to hold on to our baggage, it'll damage us and our future relationships.

    Snippet of lyrics:


  5. Tyrone

    You better call who? Tyrone! In this hit classic, Badu sings about her love interest that doesn't truly value her and is always bringing his boys around, specifically Tyrone. She finally realizes she can do better without her boo and tells him to get out. Ladies, if you ever need advice on how to deal with a relationship in which you're not being appreciated or coming in second to his friends, this song is for you! Badu's "Tyrone" teaches you to love yourself more than your boo who doesn't respect you.

    Snippet of lyrics:

    I just want it to be you and me
    Like it used to be, baby
    But ya don't know how to act
    So matter of fact

    I think ya better call Tyrone (call him)
    And tell him come on, help you get your shit
    (Come on, come on, come on)
    You need to call Tyrone (call him)
    And tell him I said come on

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