13 Super Real Relationship Gems From Erykah Badu's Song Lyrics

When it comes to singing your life with her words, nobody does it better than Ms. Badu.

Lauren Porter Jan, 31, 2017

1 of 13 Johnny Nunez

Lyric:I just want a ticket outta town/A look around and a safe touch down

Lesson: Momentarily escaping the weight and drama of your relationship/life problems can be just what the spirit needs, as long as it’s safe and satisfying. 

2 of 13 Larry Marano

Lyric:I take for granted that you're always there/I take for granted that you just don't care

Lesson: In the game of love, sometimes you take someone for granted, but what’s most important is that you learn from that experience and that you're self aware.

3 of 13 Jamie McCarthy

Lyric:Girl I know sometimes it's hard/And we can't let go/Oh when someone hurts you oh so bad inside/You can't deny it you can't stop crying”

Lesson: We all have things we need to let go of and move on from! There is no better time than the present to say good riddance to the baggage holding you back in love and life. Leaving behind what hasn’t brought you peace and happiness is always better in the long run.

4 of 13 Rick Kern

Lyric: Then you smiled at me/So warm and sweet/I could not speak/You make me feel like a little bitty girl/What do you do to me”

Lesson: The timing might not always be right, but the magical feelings are real nonetheless.

5 of 13 Amanda Edwards

Lyric: “If we were made in his image then call us by our names/ Most intellects do not believe in God but the fear is just the same

Lesson: Learn this early—don’t let anyone ever let you call yourself out of your name. The sooner it’s known the better! 

6 of 13 Josh Brasted

Lyric:My love, what did I do/to make you fall, so far from me?

Lesson: Growing distant in love happens sometimes but sensing something is wrong, talking about it and ultimately wanting to do something about it is far better than doing nothing at all. 

7 of 13 Ethan Miller/BET

Lyric: “I'm a recovering undercover over-lover /recovering from a love I can't get over."

Lesson: Recovering from a failed relationship after you were all in is tough and can take time, especially when you’re the one who invested more emotionally. 

8 of 13 Ethan Miller/BET

Lyric: 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”

Lesson: There is nothing wrong with being selective about who you keep in your circle or close to your heart. Keeping friends around who drop knowledge, spread wisdom, encourage and uplift is always the best way to go.

9 of 13 Mindy Small

Lyric:I can make you put your phone down/Probably wouldn't even know how to unlock it

Lesson: When you’re spending time with bae, actually being in the moment makes it the most memorable.

10 of 13 Joe Scarnici

Lyric: “My mind says move on/My heart lags behind/But I don't love you any more”

Lesson: In love, it takes time to move on when your mind says one thing and your heart says the other. Even if your intuition knows that leaving is the right thing to do, until your emotional attachment is gone, the love remnants will always remain. 

11 of 13 Thaddaeus McAdams

Lyric:I think ya better call Tyrone/And Tell him come on/Help you get your shit

Lesson: When you're ready for him to go, it's time for him to go, and if he's not moving fast enough tell him to get some help. End of story.

12 of 13 Kevin Mazur

Lyric: “Take a ride on life with me/Free your mind and find your way/There will be a brighter day

Lesson: Taking chances is what life and love is all about. When you’ve choose the right company, it will always be a brighter day!

13 of 13 Mindy Small

Lyric: Whenever I got lonely/Or needed some advice/He gave me his shoulder/His words were very nice

Lesson: We all have one person who just makes everything better, whether it’s their words or just their presence. Hold them dear to your heart.