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Beyonce’s ‘Drunk in Love’ is today’s Song of Solomon

Beyoncé and Jay Z perform "Drunk in Love" at last night's Grammys - Photo by Mixxula via Flickr (
Beyoncé and Jay Z perform "Drunk in Love" at last night's Grammys - Photo by Mixxula via Flickr (

Beyoncé and Jay Z perform “Drunk in Love” at last night’s Grammys – Photo by Mixxula via Flickr (

A side-by-side look at Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” (which she and husband Jay-Z performed at last night’s Grammys) and Song of Solomon — the book of the Bible celebrating sexual love between a husband and wife — presented without commentary.

Drunk in Love

Why can’t I keep my fingers off it, baby?
I want you, na na
Why can’t I keep my fingers off it, baby?
I want you, na na


Song of Solomon

Chapter 5, verse 1

I come to my garden, my sister, my bride;
I gather my myrrh with my spice,
I eat my honeycomb with my honey,
I drink my wine with my milk.

Eat, friends, drink,
and be drunk with love.

Drunk in Love

We woke up in the kitchen saying,
“How the hell did this shit happen?”
Oh baby, drunk in love we be all night
Last thing I remember is our beautiful bodies grinding up in the club

Song of Solomon

Chapter 1, verses 12-14

While the king was on his couch,
my nard gave forth its fragrance.
My beloved is to me a bag of myrrh
that lies between my breasts.
My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
in the vineyards of En-gedi.

Drunk in Love

No complaints from my body, so fluorescent under these lights
Boy, I’m drinking,
Park it in my lot 7-11
I’m rubbing on it, rub-rubbing, if you scared, call that reverend
Boy, I’m drinking, get my brain right
Armand de brignac, gangster wife
Louie sheets, he sweat it out like wash rags he wear it out

Song of Solomon 7:10 - Photo by Sapphire Dream Photography via Flickr (

Song of Solomon 7:10 – Photo by Sapphire Dream Photography via Flickr (

Song of Solomon

Chapter 8, verses 8-10

We have a little sister,
and she has no breasts.
What shall we do for our sister,
on the day when she is spoken for?
If she is a wall,
we will build upon her a battlement of silver;
but if she is a door,
we will enclose her with boards of cedar.
I was a wall,
and my breasts were like towers;
then I was in his eyes
as one who brings peace.

Drunk in Love

Then I fill the tub up halfway then ride it with my surfboard, surfboard, surfboard
Graining on that wood, graining, graining on that wood
I’m swerving on that, swerving, swerving on that big body
Been serving all this, swerve, surfing all in this good, good

Song of Solomon

Chapter 6, verses 5-7

Your hair is like a flock of goats,
moving down the slopes of Gilead.
Your teeth are like a flock of ewes,
that have come up from the washing;
all of them bear twins,
and not one among them is bereaved.
Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
behind your veil.

Beyonce and Jay Z at the O2 in London - Photo by idrewuk via Wikimedia Commons (

Beyonce and Jay Z at the O2 in London – Photo by idrewuk via Wikimedia Commons (

Drunk in Love

(Jay Z)

We sex again in the morning, your breastases is my breakfast
We going in, we be all night

Song of Solomon

Chapter 4, verse 5

Your two breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle,
that feed among the lilies.

About the author

Laura Turner

Laura Turner is a writer and editor living in San Francisco. In addition to being a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s “Her.meneutics” blog, she has also written for publications such as Books & Culture and The Bold Italic. She is interested in the intersection of church and culture.


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  • As if!!! This is BLASPHEMY! How can you compare that stupid song with the bible! This is no where near the beautiful scriptural love of the Song of Songs or the Song of Soloman. NEVER… They come out with some dumb articles. SMH!

  • This is great. I think that is a great compassion in that it shows that The Word of God got it right first in expressing the dynamic of romance between lovers.

    Great work!

  • Look at the days we live in where biblical comparisons try to justify with compromises creating false loop holes for things of the world like this to be accepted with such open arms. We live in a day & age where people try to use the God type passion to sell there secularism. It was obvious with “Locked out of heaven” and now you can clearly see it in this and so where are we getting off praising this?

  • Laura Turner apparently suffers from the love of the world. She wants so badly to be perceived as intelligent, informed, and included that she is willing to compromise any semblance of Biblical truth. She seemingly wants so badly to be thought of as wise by those who hate God, that she will do anything and make any accommodation in her reasoning to intersect with the thinking of the world. I find her comments disgusting and straight from the pit of hell. And it is disappointing that CT has no more discretion than to allow this pitiful comparison of filthy, crude language to the Word in one of its publication channels. Stating that she made an “astute comparison between the Grammy performance and the erotic biblical book, Song of Songs” is heresy at worst and laughable at best. The lack of intellectual honesty displayed by both Turner and CT is transparent for its purpose – to be thought of as wise by the world, to be accepted by a morally bankrupt culture and its leaders, to defy Jesus’s commandments and supporting teaching in the New Testament to seek to in the world but not of the world. Just a sad, pathetic exercise in self indulgence and intellectual bankruptcy. I doubt you will post this because you don’t want to contemplate the truth found in my comments.

  • Please allow the following correction to my post:

    “I find her COMPARISON ( I wrote “comments”) disgusting and straight from the pit of hell.

    I apologize for my mistake.

  • I suppose you consider yourself entertaining and funny. Your post here is about as funny and entertaining if I wrote a post that used ebonics to degrade blacks and made the claim at the banner line, “You mite be a niggah if……”

    Which of course, would be degrading and disrespectful to a whole class of people.

    You are really impressed with yourself. So nice that you can live above the rest of us and we can look to you for our moral direction and enlightenment.

  • This seems to show more of a contrast. Little of Jay Z and Beyonce’s excerpts (provided in this article) show them praising the other’s body or anything else. The excerpts seem to focus on the sex act with euphemisms (sure, Song of Solomon has some of that), but theirs seems more crude and just focused on the acts and the drunken feelings…not why they love each other.

  • It appears as though this comparison is to show that even back in biblical days, partners engaged in love acts for enjoyment of each other – not just for procreation as some of us have been led to believe. While the euphemisms use much different jargon (most of us don’t speak in parables these days), the sentiment is the same. When you’re married – you can enjoy your husband or wife as the two of you see fit. Nothing blasphemous there.

  • Please respect God before he takes your life away from you. Do better things with you time and grow up from that shallow comparison u did.

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    (ACHILLIES, ATHENA, ALEXIES, ALBA, BOUNCE are talking to the school board about the little guys being slavery driven with school work today. They have just flown in on their quads yes flying quads. The Raptors they just flew in on are to show the little guys “a thing or two about a thing or two.” When they get to the board there is a room full of students wanting the board to do away with their homework assignments. They want the schools to be taught like “Adult School.”)

    (Music ACHILLIES walks in with a radio to play Avril Lavignes “Here’s To Never Growing Up.”)
    ACHILLIES you guys are the board of schools that are responsible for the little guys class parties, homework, class work, projects work oh just the work. We get we might not be the best choice for speaking for the little guys being how in the family we have “Rangers Apprentice” and “Assassins Creed” as our casted characters for future movies in the Heavens sort-a-speak. We are just here to pass the idea to the schools and then to the little guys that it is okay to get fat and not do homework.

    ATHENA little guys should not do any homework or any types of school work along with tests. We get work when we grows up we want to go to the Naval Academy to be a Marines Jetfighter Pilot so we get work. Little guys do not know that they should not have to do any type of work in, out of class or take tests. Tests do not measure what you know. What you know is what you can say not what you can answer on a test. The nerds that get good grades on tests might not know for example how to date for the smaller guys how to be around girls. Maybe the little guys are fat because they do too much nerdy homework.

    ALEXIES classes should be easy, learning should be done easy enough for people to understand and learn. Teachers are busy with a type of confusion, talking over little guys heads or so. Little guys sometimes do not pick up on what is being taught. Maybe teachers need a few classes on how to be around the girls.

    ALBA “when you’re too cool for skool” they say you do not want to go to dates or dances with the ugly girls. Anyways boyz do not realize that on some planets boyz get home from skool and do not have to talk to their sister or girls the whole time while their out of skool playing video games. School is too much for everybody. Teachers are being taught to tell students to cheat and school looks to be the ugly girl present day. In class all the students should have to do is kick back and listen but the skeptics say they should work. We think they should work for a living sucking down sodas and playing on the jungle gyms or so.

    BOUNCE little dudes need to be allowed to play. Right now the little guys have 0 time to play outside with other little dudes or so. The little dudes have been attacked by the bads and the bads have them in “time out” from playing video games and such. Skeptics are telling the schools students need work but students need “time outs” sometimes too. Yo critics, skeptics the little dudes need time to party.

    ACHILLIES schools are run by people saying little guys need more class work, class time, classes. Would a good person be there saying all these things to increase the workloads. Would a good person do any of these things to the school systems. These people have little claim to school but the boards are letting them increase class work and such. The bads are saying dudes are getting smarter but they are just as dumb as they ever were. Had to say it that way for you all to “feel me.” Now while you’re “feeling me” all students should have less class time to go out and play and to not be slaves of school sort-a speak.

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  • I agree!!!! There is no comparison with Song of Solomon and this song. The Song is talking about pure love not filled with lust and vile.

  • Wake up “WORLD” Jesus is comming and real soon the Lord is commin are u ready! Will ur heart be right if he came tonight???

  • I really don’t see how this song is about “pure lust” when Jay Z and Beyonce are MARRIED themseleves. Plus the term “Drunk in Love” is just a metaphor used to describe how they feel about each other. I personally don’t see nothing wrong with the comparison(unless you have a problem with Black married couples openingly expressing their love for each other).

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