Schoolin' Life

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About Schoolin' Life

"Schoolin' Life" is a song recorded by American recording artist Beyoncé for the deluxe edition of her fourth studio album, 4 (2011). It was written by Knowles, Terius Nash, Shea Taylor as well as Carlos McKinney while production was handled by Knowles, The-Dream, and Los Da Mystro. Jordan Young, also known by his stage name DJ Swivel, mixed the song at New York's Jungle City Studios. Containing elements of disco and dance-pop music, "Schoolin' Life" is an uptempo R&B and funk song, in which Knowles employs guttural vocals and uses her head voice. Having a retro nature, the song is built on a 1980s-inspired dance beat, and is instrumentally complete with old school synthesizers, drum kits, electric guitars, and horns. Lyrically, the song features Knowles schooling everyone from their 20s to their 50s. She gets feisty as she reflects on lessons she learned in her own life and affirms that she hasn't certified as a teacher, a preacher or a doctor, but is willing to perform their various duties regardless. "Schoolin' Life" was well received by contemporary music critics, who noted its aural resemblance to Prince's prime work, praised its production, and coined it as one of the catchiest upbeat songs Knowles has ever recorded. It appeared on several critics' lists of the best songs of 2011. Following the release of 4, "Schoolin' Life" charted at number 155 on the South Korean International Singles Chart. The song was used in the eighth season of the American television reality program and dance competition So You Think You Can Dance. It was part of Knowles' set list during her residency show Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live. 


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2011
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This is for them twenty somethings
Time really moves fast, you were just sixteen
This is for them thirty somethings
That didn't turn out exactly how your mom and dad wanted you to be
This is for them forty somethings
Well raise up your glass and laugh like a motherfucker
This is for them fifty somethings
Hell, you're halfway there, baby take it to the head

Mom and dad tried to hide the world
Said, the world is just too big for a little girl
Eyes wide open, can't you see
I had my first heels by the age of thirteen
Mom and dad tried to hide the boys
I swear that just made them want me more
At fourteen they asked me what I wanna be,
I said "Baby twenty one, so I'd get me a drink."

I'm not a teacher, babe, but
I can teach you something
Not a preacher, but 
We can pray if you wanna
Ain't a doctor, but 
I can make you feel better
But I'm great at writing physical love letters
I'm a freak, all day, all night ooh
Hot, top, flight, boy out of sight
And I'm crazy, all day, all night
Who needs a degree when you're schoolin' life?

Oh-ooh, oh-ooh 
Ooh whoah oh oh oh
Oh-ooh, oh-ooh 
Ooh whoah oh oh oh (schoolin' life)
Oh-ooh, oh-ooh 
Ooh whoah oh oh oh
Oh-ooh, oh-ooh 
Ooh whoah oh oh oh (schoolin' life)

This is for them pretty somethings
Living in a fast lane, see you when you crash babe
This is for them sexy somethings
That body ain't gon' always get ya out of everything
This is for them bitter somethings
Stop living in regret, baby, it's not over yet
And this is for them trippin' somethings
That's high on life, baby, put me on your flight

I'm not a teacher, babe, but
I can teach you something
Not a preacher, but 
We can pray if you wanna
Ain't a doctor, but 
I can make you feel better
But I'm great at writing physical love letters
I'm a freak, all day, all night ooh
Hot, top, flight, boy out of sight
And I'm crazy, all day, all night
Who needs a degree when you're schoolin' life?

Oh-ooh, oh-ooh 
Ooh whoah oh oh oh (schoolin' life)
Oh-ooh, oh-ooh 
Ooh whoah oh oh oh 
Oh-ooh, oh-ooh 
Ooh whoah oh oh oh (schoolin' life)

You know it costs to be the boss
One day you'll run the town
For now make your life what you decide
Baby, party 'til the fire marshals shut this sucker down

I'm not a teacher, babe, but
I can teach you something
Not a preacher, but 
We can pray if you wanna
Ain't a doctor, but 
I can make you feel better
But I'm great at writing physical love letters
I'm a freak, all day, all night ooh
Hot, top, flight, boy out of sight
And I'm crazy, all day, all night
Who needs a degree when you're schoolin' life?

Oh-ooh, oh-ooh 
Ooh whoah oh oh oh (who needs a degree when you're schoolin' life?)
Oh-ooh, oh-ooh 
Ooh whoah oh oh oh 
Oh-ooh, oh-ooh 
Ooh whoah oh oh oh (who needs a degree when you're schoolin' life?)
Oh-ooh, oh-ooh 
Ooh whoah oh oh oh

There's not a real way to live this 
For real
Just remember stay relentless oh yeah, oh yeah
Don't stop running until it's finished, yeah yeah yeah
It's up to you, the rest is unwritten
Yeah yeah yeah

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. Their hiatus saw the release of Beyoncé's debut album, Dangerously in Love (2003), which established her as a solo artist worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy". more »

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Written by: TERIUS NASH, CARLOS MCKINNEY, BEYONCE KNOWLES

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