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Destiny's Child
Bootylicious
written by: Beyoncé Knowles/Rob Fusari/Falonte Moore/Stevie Nicks
from the album: Survivor
buy it: here

download Destiny's Child lyrics and sheet music
 
break/doWn
by: matt halverson

This week's selection, "Bootylicious," by Destiny's Child, proves that even simple pop songs can have a deeper meaning that needs a little examination. Sure it has a catchy beat (a deft swipe of Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen") and a chorus that's fun to sing along to, but what the hell does "I don't think you're ready for this jelly" really mean? Ask ten people and you'll get ten answers - even Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle themselves can't put it into words - but at Music-Critic.com, we've cracked the code.

Would you like some toast for that jelly?

Original Lyrics broken/doWn

Kelly, can you handle this
Michelle, can you handle this
Beyoncé, can you handle this
I don't think they can handle this
Woah

"Destiny's Child" on three:
Kelly (One!)
Michelle (Two!)
Beyoncé (Three!)
Destiny!

Barely move, we've arrived
Lookin' sexy, lookin' fly
Baddest chick, chick inside (uh)
DJ, jam tonight (uh)
Spotted me (uh) a tender thang (uh)
There you are, (uh) come on baby (uh)
Don't you wanna (uh) dance with me (uh)
Can you handle, (uh) handle me

You may be surprised at our success, but we're not (Did you notice how many times we changed the members of the group?)
And as if that's not enough - damn we look good
I may look sweet and innocent, but inside I'm the sex nymph your mother warned you about
Mr. DJ, make sure you play songs that will make the men in this room hornier than they already are
Wait - stop the music, I just found the man I'm taking home tonight
Hey there, is the fact that I'm shaking my ass in your face an obvious enough sign that I want you?
I see you staring at me (I look good, don't I?), but you're gonna have to do more than that to get in my pants
Are you sure you're man enough?

 

You gotta do much better if you gone dance with me tonight
You gotta work your jelly if you gone dance with me tonight
Read my lips carefully if you like what you see
Move, groove, prove you can hang with me
By the looks I got you shook up and scared of me
Hook up your seatbelt, it's time for take off

I don't know where you learned to dance, but you're embarrassing both of us
Seriously, there are a lot of other guys I could be dancing with, so get it together
Now take your eyes off my cleavage long enough to pay attention to what I say
You're not going home with me unless you show me you can handle me on the dance floor
Oh no, am I being too forward? Am I more aggressive than you're used to?
If you think I'm getting a little freaky right now, just wait till I get you in bed

Chorus:
I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this
'Cos my body too bootylicious for ya babe

I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this
'Cos my body too bootylicious for ya babe

Chorus:
So far, you've given me no reason to believe you're capable of living up to my sexual expectations
I've been with a lot of men, and you don't seem to stack up
But I'm going to lead you on all night, making you think you might have a chance, just so you'll keep buying me drinks
Of course, it's possible I'm just a little too full of myself

Repeat Chorus

Baby, can you handle this
Baby, can you handle this
Baby, can you handle this
I don't think you can handle this
Woah
You're still trying to get with me, huh?
You don't give up very easily
Are you sure you know how to hang with a girl like me?
I've got my doubts, but we'll see where this goes
I'm about to (uh) break you off (uh)
H-town (uh) gon' hard (uh)
Lead my hips, (uh) slap my thighs
Swing my hair, square my eyes (uh)
Lookin' hot, smellin' good (sss)
Groovin' like (uh) I'm from the hood (ooh)
Look over my shoulder, I blow you a kiss
Can you handle, handle this
You thought I was hot before? Watch what I'm about to do
See this move? I learned this one in Houston (my home town)
It's a little ditty that involves me seductively swiveling my hips and slapping my ass (not so subtle, huh?)
I can even toss my hair around my head (like in those Pantene Pro-V commercials) and still keep my eyes on you
I can't get over how good I look tonight, not to mention that expensive perfume that's doing a good job of covering the sweat I'm working up
I may look refined, but I can dance like the girls from downtown
I'm gonna go to the bathroom to look at myself in the mirror, but if you stay right there, I might just come back
I still can't believe you've lasted this long
I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this
'Cos my body too bootylicious for ya babe
I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this
'Cos my body too bootylicious for ya babe
Repeat Chorus (2x)
Move your body up and down (whoo)
Make your booty touch the ground (whoo)
I can't help but wonder why (whoo)
Is my vibe too vibealacious for you, babe
I shake my jelly at every chance (uh)
When I whip with my hips you slip into a trance (uh)
I'm hoping you can handle all this jelly that I have (uh)
Now let's cut a rug while we scat some jazz
Ok, I'm back. Now it's time for us to grind up against each other and simulate sex on the dance floor
You still need to prove how limber you are so I'll know what to expect in the bedroom
I've mocked you and challenged you all night, but you're still here
Sometimes my ability to hypnotize a man with my body amazes even me
But let's be honest, I'm kind of a slut, so I have a lot of practice
The more I make you think you might get to have sex with me, the easier you get to manipulate
Now that I've committed to going home with you, I hope you can satisfy me
But until we leave, let's make some funny noises and pretend that we're Cab Calloway

Ba ba day da dow da day
Ba ba day da dow da day da dow
Ba bay bay bow bow bow

I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this
'Cos my body too bootylicious for ya babe

I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this
'Cos my body too bootylicious for ya babe

I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this jelly
I don't think you ready for this
'Cos my body too bootylicious for ya babe

Cheesy imitation of scat

Chorus (3x)

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