There were plenty of water-cooler moments during last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, but the one that undoubtedly left the most tongues wagging was Beyoncé’s onstage reveal that she and hubby Jay-Z are expecting their first child together. Congrats to the soon-to-be parents!
Now, we can only guess at the kinds of feverish preparations underway in anticipation of the arrival of Baby Knowles-Carter, but if we were the wagering sort, we’d bet it includes copious reading bouts of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” punctuating by shopping outings for infant-size leotards. But, really, we don’t think Beyoncé needs to stress it. She’s got plenty of maternal musings stockpiled into her prolific song catalog. So, as Auntie Crush’s baby gift to Bey and Jay, we’ve rounded up five gleaming gems after the jump!
Song: “Girls (Who Rule the World)”
Lyrics: “Who runs the world? Girls / Some of them men think they freak this like we do / But no they don’t”
Takeaway: On the surface, this powerhouse seems like pointed girl-power propaganda for Beyoncé Jr., but really, it’s just as much a cautionary tale for boys who think they are all that. Best be listenin’ up, Jay Jr.
Song: “If I Were a Boy”
Lyrics: “You don’t listen to her / You don’t care how it hurts / Until you lose the one you wanted / ’Cause you’re taking her for granted / And everything you had got destroyed”
Takeaway: Hear that, baby boy. Here’s a guidebook to everything you shouldn’t do in a relationship.
Song: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Lyrics: “If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it”
Takeaway: And while we’re at it, if you heed the advice of “If I Were A Boy,” and land a lady you want to spend the rest of your life with, for heaven’s sake, put a—oh, you heard Mama B already. We don’t need to be a broken record.
Song: “Love on Top”
Lyrics: “(They say love hurts) / But I know / (It’s gonna take the real work) / Nothing’s perfect, but it’s worth it after fighting through my tears”
Takeaway: It’s fitting that this tidbit of advice comes from the tune Beyoncé crooned to announce her pregnancy. And they’re wise words, indeed. Remember little baby girl or boy, true love ain’t easy. (It’s not called “Dangerously in Love,” for nothin’!)
Song: “Get Me Bodied”
Lyrics: “A little sweat ain’t never hurt nobody”
Takeaway: If you want a bootilicious body like Beyoncé, you’re gonna have to sweat. So slink into that infant-sized leotard and get your dance on!