Beyonce‘s Lemonade caused a stir when it was released; many listeners assumed it was a confessional–the singer railing against infidelities of her husband, Jay Z. But Ingrid Burley, co-writer of “Love Drought,” is clearing the air of speculation regarding that particular song.
Burley told Genius that the line “Ten times out of nine, I know you’re lying. But nine times out of ten, I know you’re trying” was not aimed at Jay Z but was Burley’s own dismissive–and the target was Beyonce’s label, Parkwood Entertainment.
“I wrote ‘Love Drought,’ in all seriousness I was very frustrated with the label at the time,” says Burley in the video interview. “Two years ago. I was very new. Two of the people who were running the label at the time had lied to me and told me that Beyonce wasn’t currently listening to any new music. And then I got to the studio to go to her writing camp literally four days later in L.A. They start playing me music. And Mike Dean was there…it was very inspiring. So, then the A&R is like ‘Yeah, it’s amazing. I have to read to you Miss B’s notes about their music.’ And she starts reading these notes. And I’m like ‘They just told me that she’s not listening to any new music.’ Which doesn’t even sound right. I was so pissed.”
Burley continued to explain the connection between the first line of the song and her frustration with the label.
“I wrote the song in like 30 minutes,” she said. “I was just thinking as I’m looping this beat I couldn’t get out of my head the fact that they just lied to me. And I was just like ‘Ten times out of nine, I know you lying.’ Then I was like ‘Ingrid, too much.’ ‘But nine times out of 10, I know you trying.”
Now, if only someone can tell us who the elusive “Becky” is, we’d really appreciate it!
Either way, what do you think about Burley’s explanation? Does it change your mind about Lemonade in relation to Bey’s relationship? Let us know in the comments below.