Beyonce released the song "If I Were a Boy" in 2008. The lyrics of this song are a clear statement of the female artist's distaste for the gender roles in the society. Rather than just sing about how a girl's life would be better if she were a boy, Beyonce puts herself in the position of a man and explains what she would do in such a situation.
If I Were a Boy is an acoustic guitar driven midtempo pop ballad with some folk rock influences. Beyonce's vocal performance is tormented and she ornaments the vocal lines with melodic crescendos. During the final chorus, she stretches her voice an octave higher.
In the video, Beyonce wears a black dress and a police uniform. She also wears a pair of diamond earrings. This is all to promote her new album.
The music video is a black and white mini-movie. It features Beyonce and her partner. Unlike most of Beyonce's other videos, it lacks a lot of props. However, it adds a lot of emotion with its simple yet effective black and white color scheme.
"If I Were a Boy" is a great example of a well-written and a catchy title. Lyrics and a well-structured story make this a song worth a listen.
While Beyonce's lyrics may be a tad cheesy at times, "If I Were a Boy" does the job. The narrator is a woman who has been treated unjustly. Ultimately, she makes the choice to switch positions with her lover.