Skip Nav
LGBTQ Pride Essays POPSUGAR Australia
News
30 People Reflect on What Pride Means to Them
The Royals
Prince Harry Revealed Whether He Wants a Baby Boy or Girl, and Now I'm An Emotional Mess
TV
Your First Look at Bloom: Stan's New Supernatural Drama That Will Hit Close to Home
The Royals
Here's All the Photos From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Australian Tour
The Royals
24 of the Most Hilarious Signs People Have Made For Prince Harry

Beyonce Lemonade Album Meaning

Here's Why Beyoncé Titled Her New Album Lemonade

Beyoncé debuted her new visual album, Lemonade, with an hour-long musical film on HBO Saturday night, then released it via Tidal shortly after. The superstar singer spilled lots of truth about her marriage to Jay Z, as well as the relationship between her parents, Matthew and Tina Knowles. In the final section of the film, titled "Redemption," Beyoncé recites words about her late grandmother, Agnéz Deréon:

Take one pint of water, add half pound of sugar
The juice of eight lemons, the zest of half lemon
Pour the water from one jug, then to the other several times
Strain through a clean napkin
Grandmother, the alchemist
You spun gold out of this hard life
Conjured beauty from the things left behind
Found healing where it did not live
Discovered the antidote in your own kitchen
Broke the curse with your own two hands
You passed these instructions down to your daughter
Who then passed it down to her daughter.

Throughout the film, imagery of a Southern plantation home is featured, as well as actual home video footage of Beyoncé and her family — one such clip shows Jay Z's grandmother Hattie White speaking to the crowd during her 90th birthday party, which the couple attended in April 2015. During the speech, Hattie says, "I had my ups and downs, but I always found the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade." Beyoncé paid tribute to both women with her album title while also paying homage to the sweet, sugary drink that has brought women in the South together for centuries.

Image Source: HBO
More from POPSUGAR
From Our Partners
Ariana Grande's Performance on Wicked Special Video
Maroon 5 "Girls Like You" Volume 2 Music Video
Aladdin Reboot Photos
Camila Cabello's "Consequences" Music Video
Taran Killam's Reaction to Cardi B at American Music Awards
Jennifer Lopez 2018 American Music Awards Performance Video
Best Lady Gaga Ballads
Sexy '90s Music Videos
Sex Playlist
Sexy Music Videos Collaborations
Songs You Can Walk Down The Aisle To At Your Wedding
Best Hit Songs From Late 1990s and Early 2000s
From Our Partners
Latest Celebrity
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds