Beyoncé Knowles
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
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Original Translation of Slang

All the single ladies (repeated 7 times)
Now put your hands up
Up in the club, we just broke up
I’m doing my own little thing
You decided to dip, but now you wanna trip
'Cuz another brother noticed me
I’m up on him, he up on me
Don’t pay him any attention
'Cuz I cried my tears, three good years
Ya can’t be mad at me

All the single ladies (repeated 7 times)
Now put your hands up--
up in the club! We just ended our relationship.
I’m here on my own.
You decided to leave me, but now you are getting upset
Because another man noticed me.
He and I are very interested in each other.
Don’t pay any attention to him,
because I cried my tears. I spent three years with you.
You have no right to be angry at me.

CHORUS (repeated two times)
'Cuz if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it
If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it
Don’t be mad once you see that he want it
If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it

CHORUS (repeated two times)
Because if you liked our relationship, then you should have given me a wedding ring.
If you liked our relationship, then you should have given me a wedding ring.
Don’t be angry because someone else likes me.
If you liked our relationship, then you should have given me a wedding ring.

I got gloss on my lips, a man on my hips
Got me tighter than my Dereon jeans
Acting up, drink in my cup
I could care less what you think
I need no permission, did I mention
Don’t pay him any attention
'Cuz you had your turn
But now you gonna learn
What it really feels like to miss me

 

I'm wearing lip gloss, and I am dancing with a man who is holding me as tight as the tight Deréon brand jeans I'm wearing.
I am having a great time and drinking alcohol.
I don't care what you think, and
I need no permission from you to dance with someone else. I already said,
"Don’t pay him any attention."
Because you had your turn to be with me,
But now you are going to learn
What it really feels like to miss me.

CHORUS (repeated two times)

Don’t treat me to these things of the world
I’m not that kind of girl
Your love is what I prefer, what I deserve
He’s a man that makes me and takes me
And delivers me to a destiny, to infinity and beyond
Pull me into your arms
Say I’m the one you own
If you don’t, you’ll be alone
And like a ghost, I’ll be gone

  CHORUS (repeated two times)

Don’t treat me to expensive and luxurious things.
I’m not that kind of girl.
Your love is what I prefer and what I deserve.
He’s a man who makes me and takes me
And delivers me to a destiny, to infinity and beyond
Pull me into your arms
Say I’m the one you own.
If you don’t, you’ll be alone,
And like a ghost, I’ll be gone.
All the single ladies (repeated 7 times)
Now put your hands up!

CHORUS
  All the single ladies (repeated 7 times)
Now put your hands up!

CHORUS

 

 

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Deréon
The House of Der
éon is Beyoncé Knowles' clothing company.

to infinity and beyond
It seems an unlikely reference, but this was a famous quote from the 1995 animated children's film Toy Story, in which it was spoken by an astronaut doll called Buzz Lightyear.

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