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Beyoncé – If I Were A Boy lyrics
If I were a boy
Even just for a day
I'd roll out of bed in the morning
And throw on what I wanted and go

Drink beer with the guys
And chase after girls
I'd kick it with who I wanted
And I'd never get confronted for it
Cause they stick up for me


If I were a boy
I think I could understand
How it feels to love a girl
I swear I'd be a better man
I'd listen to her
Cause I know how it hurts
When you lose the one you wanted
Cause he's taking you for granted
And everything you had got destroyed


If I were a boy
I would turn off my phone
Tell everyone it's broken
So they'd think that I was sleeping alone

I'd put myself first
And make the rules as I go
Cause I know that she'd be faithful,
Waiting for me to come home, to come home
.

If I were a boy
I think I could understand
How it feels to love a girl
I swear I'd be a better man
I'd listen to her
Cause I know how it hurts
When you lose the one you wanted
Cause he's taking you for granted
And everything you had got destroyed

It's a little too late for you to come back
Say it's just a mistake,
Think I'd forgive you like that
If you thought I would wait for you
You thought wrong


But you're just a boy
You don't understand
And you don't understand, ohhhh
How it feels to love a girl
Someday you wish you were a better man
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

But you're just a boy
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  • h
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    hotmama008
    I like this song I never notice while I'm listening to it my tears flow unto my face. Every words of the lyrics brought me back the same situation with my guy. Its same way I wanted to expierince, be the man that I want him to be. The one who understand me, listen to me, and never neglects me and the most of all love me. Its really hard to find that guy, but if only I have that kind I will never let him go.
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    beautifier
    Alright. I do love this song, but to be honest I don't agree entirely with the meaning. And this is coming from a girl.
    First of all, I expected all of this. All of these comments of how boys are cheaters and that girls are always the ones that are hurting. Okay, number one, that isn't even true. Not all boys are cheaters, and girls aren't the only people who get hurt. It's really just as simple as that.
    I've been heartbroken a hell lot of times but even then I don't blame everything on males and always say it's their fault. To be honest, it's immature, and we need to accept the fact that both genders have their flaws and imperfections. It's an unavoidable fact.
    You know, girls, sometimes there'd be times where boys would feel exactly what you are now.
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  • U
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    Unregistered
    If you've seen the music video, Beyonce is showing us what life would be like if the male and female roles were reverse. She's giving us an insight to show us that it's not fair to either genders to be cheated on, lied to, and be neglected by their partners as he/she goes off with their best buds to a bar, or flirting with another man or woman.

    She's also saying that if you know what you're about to say or do that will hurt your partner, then you shouldn't because you know how it feels to be treated badly. So why should you let him/her go through it as well?
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  • dogzrule
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    dogzrule
    This song is explaining what the typical boy would do these days. They say that they love you and then cheat, leave you home alone, and have fun without you. She is saying that she wishes that she could be the boy and drink beer chase girls make their owns rules and still have the girl they supposedly love. She is now telling them that you can't treat women any kind of way and if you love them then you should treat them fairly. No one wants to be treated that way!
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  • i_sTill_LoVe_U_Munch
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    i_sTill_LoVe_U_Munch
    I really like this song. If I were a boy I wish I could understand what the hell put on their minds to hurt the feelings of the girl who truly love them. They do all he can to make you fall then suddenly if you really inlove with them they broke your heart. How stupid to all the guys who did this kind of stuff.
    To all the guys out there. Listen! Stop pretending that you love that girl. Stop saying that you love her. I hate all guys who always make paasa to all the girls. Love is not a game!
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  • ChrisFishA-CrossRiff
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    ChrisFishA-CrossRiff
    I will agree with the post before me. It's not all guys. And some girls do the same thing (but again. Not all girl). Yes, there are guys who cheat on a mistreat their girlfriends, but that's a very small percent of the guys. And they're so easy to find. I can spot a creep a million miles away. But sure enough, a girl is attracted to him because he's cute, or because he has money, or because he said something nice. Girls, open up your eyes and stop opening up your legs. I hate to say it, but it's true. Girls will stay with an abusive or non attentive guy just because he makes her feel good (sexually, financially, etc). Now, don't think I'm leaving the guys out. Her first verse was very accurate. Guys are the biggest candidate for the word 'slut' because of the amount of girls we use. A guy has s** with 10 girls and he's a hero. A girl has s** with two guys and she's a s***. Doesn't make sense. And it doesn't even have to be s**. I can personally say that I've only has s** with one girl (my wife). But I've broken so many hearts by dating other girls and leaving them for no reason. It's trashy and elementary. We (meaning everyone) just need to grow up and stop using each other as tools and toys.
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  • U
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    Unregistered
    The song is about how her boyfriend is treating her. She's saying in the song, that if she was a boy she wouldn't do all those hurtful things to a woman behind her back, because she knows that it's unfaithful and understands how hurtful it is.

    Also I think the videos shows about their life style being switched to show to some certain male (and perhaps female) viewers to get the idea that no matter what the gender the person is, that if you're doing something wrong behind your partner's back, you're hurting them and not caring about their feelings.

    When you see or know when someone who is being unfaithful to their partner, you just want to ask them, "Why do you bother being in a relationship anyway? You're just causing problems for yourself and especially to your partner who's faithful to you."
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  • U
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    Unregistered
    This song means a lot to me because it reminds me of how I am. My guy always runs off and does stuff where he wont answer his phone or he will be hanging with the guys for such a long time that I start to worry. I never like it and if I was in his place. I would completely be with my girl. Its like he thinks I'm an object and I don't care about anything and I don't care when he runs off. He thinks I wont go anywhere or change anything. If I were a boy I would always be with my girl and I would never take her for granted or treat her in any wrong way. I guess the reason I would be a better guy is because I know how if feels. I realize it sounds like in taking lyrics from the song but it is so true. I love reading the lyrics and thinking about the stuff it the same. I also love doing that with the other comments to see how many people are like me and always have their guy running off or taking us for granted.
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    Jacci78
    one day your going to want that specific girl who wasn't perfect but tried to be for you the girl that wanted nothing more than to love you; the girl who sees your flaws but values them, the girl who can't bring herself to hate you even though you probably deserve it. Who realized that she may never have your heart but will carry the image of you. Forever and when you realize that's the girl your looking for.
    She'll be with the guy who already knew.! .
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    gardian
    What destroys most relationships is not the act of cheating but instead the act of lying about cheating and that goes for either partner. Most people who say they have a problem with cheating actually have a problem with communication and trust.
    Either partner can be "caught up in the moment" and do something that would be considered cheating by the other partner, but it becomes a "big deal" when a "mistake" is used to devalue an entire relationship and the person who did the mistake.
    People are human, mistakes happen, and every religion teaches forgivens and acceptence.
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  • a
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    Aliehs88
    Abby09:
    in the video att the end. "she said,"its not like I'm sleeping wih a guy". n he said,"yo I said its not like I'm sleeping with a girl".
    That part was when we see what the real story was. That is, her boyfriend was really the policeman (not her), and at the party, it was her boyfriend who was flirting with his colleague. So when they got home and had their argument, that line was really her boyfriend's (no more in reversed roles as it was throughout the song till that point).
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  • n
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    nixonvuitton
    Thanks Chris!. Open ur eyes Ladies and make good decisions!. If you jump on a guy for the wrong reasons, he messes with you for the wrong reasons. And better I deas come along, he moves along. Most times, some Ladies just wanna use a guy, but lil would they know they're being used. I do not believe you can take what you truely love, for granted. So if someone does take you for granted and you know you've been of impeccable attitude(most times), then you should be the first to leave and not complain about it, cos he doesn't deserve you. Complains only come through when you want some support for ur own flops.
    Chris is right about guys, but riders don't ride their horses unless the horses allow them!
    Shine ur eyes pple!
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  • n
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    nixonvuitton
    It's a good song, but I must say that girls are always in the denial mode, and would rather die than accept their inadequacies!. Other than s**, I don't really see what most girls do for their guys other than wag their mouths at them. The song goes both ways but no sane guy'ld ever leave a girl that's been nice n swit with him!. So grow up! Those girls that call guys dumb, cos that's where you're forever mistaken!
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  • U
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    Unregistered
    I really love this song not because I agree with the meaning of entire song, but somehow it is good to listened to this song because at first, even if you don't experience the situation she had to share to everyone, you'll be able to realize something. And the tune was very relaxing while you we're listening.
    And eventually if we think and realize the reality today's, girls are really wish to be a man because it really happened nowadays. But not to reprove them but to realize as early as possible. So that in the end of time they wouldn't be able loss what they had already.
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  • U
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    Unregistered
    This song I can't relate but I can imagine how it hurts I mean it means she loved him but he doesn't love her he uses her and he and he doesn't listen she probably went like so you want to blah and he was like us sure so she said do you want to get it makeup done and he's likely sure she's like let's go he's like go where and *voice trails off* (lol).
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  • U
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    Unregistered
    The song show how immature men can be when it comes to relationships. Whether they intentionally hurt the woman who loves them or not, they don't really know how to confront the problem even if the problem is alredy under their noses. They don't know how to understand the feelings of women. They just say that they listen to us but they don't really understand therefore they don't really know waht to respond. In recent relationship, I did everything for the guy that I really love, I did even to have change myself just to save our relationship but it seems that he hasn't been cooperative enough and that our fights tore us apart. Even if we still love each other, he still chose to leave me because of his ambition, thinking that he can not fully concentrate in his studies (in his upcoming entry in med school) if we still continue to have these petty fights in our relationship. It hurt me so much, I was like shattered into pieces. He never listened even if I begged him not to leave me. I promised him everything but I was left with nothing. This is how I reflect my life in this song. That if I was the boy, I will choose to stay, listen and understand her and work things out for us, make her as my inspiration, and not as a distraction.
    -jsgeolagon.
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    Unregistered
    The song show how immature men can be when it comes to relationships. Whether they intentionally hurt the woman who loves them or not, they don't really know how to confront the problem even if the problem is alredy under their noses. They don't know how to understand the feelings of women. They just say that they listen to us but they don't really understand therefore they don't really know waht to respond. In recent relationship, I did everything for the guy that I really love, I did even to have change myself just to save our relationship but it seems that he hasn't been cooperative enough and that our fights tore us apart. Even if we still love each other, he still chose to leave me because of his ambition, thinking that he can not fully concentrate in his studies if we still continue to have these petty fights in our relationship. It hurt me so much, I was like shattered into pieces. He never listened even if I begged him not to leave me. This is how I reflect my life in this song. That if I was the boy, I will choose to stay, listen and understand her and work things out for us, make her as my inspiration, and not as a distraction.
    By justine g.
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    Unregistered
    This song has the meaning that boys and men know how they hurt women but they don't care because they know that girl will be there waiting foir him, being faithful to him while he is out there getting a t girls. This songs had the meaning if a girl would ever be in a man's shoes she would not treat a women like that because we know how it hurts. To be treated bad and stay waiting, hoping someday he will become a better man.
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  • U
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    Unregistered
    If I were a boy I wouldnt worry too much about my girlfriend or boyfriend going out and cheating I could just get over it and tell them that I forgive them for what they have done to me, and then that way I woulnt have any problems with my body so I would enjoy being a boy sometimes I think I'm one now, cause I wear boy clothes and I hit like one too.
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  • U
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    Unregistered
    That all guys don't understand girls or how they treat them and they really never do and if she was a boy she would do all the things men don't do show she cares love and trust and it would be better if all girls could just turn into boys and I am straight and this song makes me think of my relationship now we have been together almost 2 years now and he takes me for granted all the time and treats me like crap now.
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  • U
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    Unregistered
    I'm llyrs old going on 12 in seventeen days I noe how it feels to be treated like dirt and garbage. Its tough beyonce right gurls/women should be treated good are feelings sensitive. Boys get the concept gurls are sentive so treat us right! We don't got time to get divorce or sepearatted we wont a men not a boy! We don't always need rings we need care love and others feel wht we feeling.
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    cbppzz
    This song is very meaningful to me. I'm afraid that I have let the lady who loved me down. The mtv is very reflective of my own life with her.
    I put myself first, and I came home late. Knowing that she's at home waiting for me. She endured through with me when I'm building my career. She loves me totally, and I broke her heart.
    I'm using this song to remind myself daily the pain I caused her, and to seek solace in my own condemnation.
    And I will be a better man, though I know it's too late. Just like the song.
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    mckulit_raichu
    If I were a boy. Well what a wishful thinking. But I think if she were a boy she wouldn't even say those things. How can she be so sure that she'd be a better man? Who knows maybe she'll also do the same mistake as the boys in her life did to her. She's only saying that because she's girl, hoping things will be better if she's one of the guys. Oh well. As for me, I don't want to be a boy. I love being a girl and I like the boys for who they are.
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    redballoons
    "IfIWereIBoY" for my spcial gf hu jst broke hr heart cz of some stupid guy. I would rily tky ker of her. Cook her fave food. Cuddly hr wyl watching hr fave cartoon movies. =) do some of hr homework or even d laundry, tke hr to a beautfl plce, dance w hr, whispr to hr ears dat shes cherishd & treasrd, hold her hands until shes d one hu needs to let go, hold her tightly as if there's no tomorrow, really make her feel very special coz she rily is, and will always be. And most of all I wont cheat on her, coz I love her. But, I'm not a boy, I'm not his boy. So, my gf still is brknheartd. =(
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    glow
    I know exactly where she's coming from when she sings this. I know how it feels when it feels like nobody understands, especially not guys, not men, not boys. They think you'll shrivel up and die if you have to go without them for a day. No, we wont die. We just wont live. Sometimes it feels like they just don't understand that you want to be held and called beautiful and loved and looked and smiled upon. I'm not steriotyping anybody because sometimes boys arent like that. Sometimes, boys really do understand. They're just really hard to stumble across. I hope that they realize that not all girls are s***s, that we will be faithfull, and that no matter how bad they hurt us, its always the hardest to stop loving somebody that you've fallen completely head over heels for.
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    dhabal
    Jz 2 be fair 2 ol…. How cud a man understand a girl? Or how can A boy be A man if A girl. Don't have any space in her heart 4 forgiveness nd let herself be totally eaten by her pride. Not ol guys are jz boys. Dey become A boy becoz of "O-T-H-ER-" girls. But how about A real man. Hu is cheated by A girl. Life shud B fair. Dats ol we wanted ryt. So girls shud understand too how it fels 2 B A boy/Man or else it jz wont work. Ryt? Its not olweiz ryt dat girls shud be understod at ol times. It depends. But I think in this song. D man is reli jz A boy(better slap dat kind of boy). So girls beware of such guys. Don't give up everything or else. Watever? ",
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    killacoco
    Well let me be the one to actually say that I dislike beyonce immensly. I like only bout 3 songs out of every song she has sung, whether she wrote em or not I don't care. But I will say that when I hurd this song 4 the 1st time I listened to the lyrics 1st & I agree with whoevr wrote the song. Along with almost evry female n the world I would like 2 c what it would b like 2 b a boy 4 a day. 2 understand y they hurt the real dames out there. The 1's hu don't care about the cash flo & his pinto(or bus card) & if I can make a girl feel love 4 jus 1 day jus so she could hav hope I would. I absolutely love this song & I must admit that beyonce put her heart n2 it. This is the bst I hav evr hurd her sing.
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  • cherylcole
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    cherylcole
    This song is really good, I love beyonce, sorry bout last comment, didn't mean to send it, just mucking about =( I didn't mean it either! Anyway, back 2 the song, well it is incredible, fantastic, amazing(egt.) And the lyrics are incredible. I love the video, and the whole thing, just great! If I were a boy I would do most of the things Beyonce sings about in this song, it really full of emotion and meaning.
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    Unregistered
    This song can have many different meanings but I love the way they portrayed the meaning of the song in glee, in glee there was a transgender girl crying because High school boys were bullying her but they didn't understand her so they judged her and it was very sad because she never did anything to they yet they chose to judge instead off trying the slightest bit to understand her. This is something that happens in a lot of high schools or in life in general when you don't understand or don't know instead of judging you should try to understand.
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      hotmama008
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      beautifier
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