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"Freakum Dress" is the seventh track from Beyoncé's second studio album, B'Day.

Background Edit

The song was produced by Rich Harrison. Knowles and Harrison had previously collaborated on her 2003 single "Crazy in Love". She arranged for Harrison, Sean Garrett and Rodney Jerkins to be given individual rooms at the studio. "Freakum Dress" is a moderate R&B song pacing in common time, written in the key of F♯ minor. The track also draws from the hip hop, funk, and dance-pop genres. In the song, the female protagonist pulls out her best dress to remind her potentially wandering mate of what he is leaving at home.

Reception Edit

The song was generally well received by music critics who complimented Beyoncé's vocals as well as the assertiveness with which she delivers the lyrics. Many of them also noted that the beat of song melds very well with the vocal arrangement and the instruments used. The music video for the song was directed by Ray Kay, with co-direction from Beyoncé, for the B'Day Anthology Video Album. "Freakum Dress" reached number twenty-five on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. The same day, it also charted on the US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles at number sixteen.

Lyrics Edit

To be or not to be
Not!
Hold up, bring the beat back
Stop! I ain't ready yet
Wait! Let me fix my hair, yes, yes
Yes ma'am, yes ma'am
Now pass me my dress, yes
I think I'm ready
Been locked up in the house way too long
It's time to get it
'Cause once again he's out doing wrong
And my girls are so real
Said it's been a minute since I had some
He's been actin' up
But he won't be the only one
'Cause when he acts wrong, that's when you put it on
Get him uptight, this is your song
Hold out your back, time to impress
Pull out your freakum dress
Oh, put your freakum dress on
Oh, put your freakum dress on
Oh, put your freakum dress on
Oh, put your freakum dress on
Oh, every woman got one
Oh, shut it down when the time comes
Oh, pull out the big guns
Oh, and put your freakum dress on
Soon as he saw me
Turned on by how the dress was fittin' right
Short and backless (backless, backless)
See my silhouette in the moonlight
Such an attraction
Keep tellin' me how my outfit's so nice
Little did he know
Ha, my man gon' take it off tonight
'Cause when he act wrong, that's when you put it on
Get him uptight, this is your song
Hold out your back, time to impress
Pull out your freakum dress
Oh, put your freakum dress on
Oh, put your freakum dress on
Oh, put your freakum dress on
Oh, put your freakum dress on
Oh, every woman got one
Oh, shut it down when the time comes
Oh, pull out the big guns
Oh, and put your freakum dress on
All the ladies, you ain't these
All dressed up in your dresses
And your bestest with no reason
Get ready to freakum, freakum
When you put it on it's an invitation
When they play your song, get on up and shake it
Work it out your back, you don't have to waste it
Spin it all around then take it to the ground and
When you put it on it's an invitation
When they play your song, get on up and shake it
Work it out your back, you don't have to waste it
Spin it all around then take it to the ground and ooh
'Cause when he act wrong, that's when you put it on
Get him uptight, this is your song
Hold out your back, time to impress
Pull out your freakum dress
Oh, put your freakum dress on
Oh, put your freakum dress on (freakum, freakum, freakum)
Oh, put your freakum dress on (freakum, yeah)
Oh, put your freakum dress on
Oh, every woman got one (every woman got one)
Oh, shut it down when the time comes (time comes)
Oh, pull out the big guns
Oh, and put your freakum dress on
Ladies look it here
When you been with your man for a long time, oh
Every now and then you gotta go in the back of that closet
And pull out that freakum dress, oh
I got my freakum dress on
I got my freakum dress on, oh
I got my freakum dress on
I got my freakum dress on, oh