Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

Hey there! This article was written in 2006.

It might not have aged well for any number of reasons, so keep that in mind when reading (or clicking outgoing links!).

Love is not a commodity

Posted 21 November 2006 in beyonce, love, lyric, music, and romance

Vanessa had a super-catchy song linked in her AIM profile - "Irreplaceable" by Beyonce. Here's a sampling of the lyrics:

I could have another You in a minute
Matter of fact he'll be here in a minute, baby

I can have another You by tomorrow
So don't you ever for a second get to thinking you're irreplaceable

Baby I won't shed a tear for you
I won't lose a wink of sleep
'Cause the truth of the matter is
Replacing you is so easy

The song has a great hook, but it's straight up depressing. It treats romance as a commodity market, wherein the partner can be immediately replaced by any available drop-in replacement. I recognize the value of the viewpoint from which the song was written (the transformation of pain into empowered indignation, which can help assuage the pain). Nonetheless, it dehumanizes and devalues romance. I can't help but think that being replaced so quickly is downright vitriolic.

Love is not a commodity.

*[AIM]: AOL Instant Messenger