&Quot;Bag Lady&Quot; A Critique And Analysis

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Erykah Badu's song "Bag Lady" is a prime example of the healing power of music, and the lessons that can be taught through music. Erykah Badu's "Bag Lady" serves as a wake up call for women across the world. From the first verse of the song until the last verse when the song begins to fade, Badu's words evoke feelings of emotion that women can relate to. Badu's lyrics also help women find some type of inner peace to get over their problems, in a way that will best help them free their spirit.

Badu's first verse says "bag lady, you gon' hurt your back/ Draggin' all them bags like that/ I guess nobody ever told you/ All you must hold on to is you, is you, is you"(Badu). This verse says that there is no since in holding on to the pain, anger and disappointment that manifests itself on our bodies, when the end result will most likely be the same. Women often end up with a chronic illness or one of many life threatening diseases because of a tendency to hold on to so many "bags" or aggression. When Badu says "All you must hold on to is you, is you, is you"(Badu) she is saying that women should not worry about things that they cannot control, and that their primary concern should be themselves, because worrying about situations or problems that can not be changed continuously brings a person down.

Erykah Badu's second verse says "One day all them bags gon' get in your way" (Badu) repeating it three times and then proceeding to the last line of the verse which says "So pack light"(Badu). Through this verse, Badu is emphasizing the fact that women must learn how to let go of the excess baggage that pulls them down, regardless of what it may be, in order to survive. When Badu says "So pack light" (Badu) she means that women should take care of themselves, because no one else will.

Erykah's third verse says "Bag lady you gon' miss your bus/ You can't hurry up `cos you've got too much stuff" (Badu). This excerpt from the song expresses that when women spend time focusing on the negative people and the negative experiences, they will end up missing out on good opportunities to improve themselves. Women are too busy living in the past and not focusing enough on what the future may have in store. Meanwhile those who have caused the hurt move on with their lives not caring about the hurt they have caused. Badu says "When they see you coming they just take off running/ From you, its true, oh yes they do" (Badu). Meaning that no matter how many relationships come together that should never be, women still get involved knowing that they have some unresolved issues to work out themselves. Out of fear of being alone or losing out on a "good man," women will hide their true feelings with their good looking hairdos, nice clothing, and phony smiles. In the end, the person that they got involved with will notice their true colors and take off running because they do not want to deal with what ever issue that woman has.

The fourth verse ties into the...

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