Lyrics & Narrative You dont listen to herId listen to her You dont care how it hurtsCause I know how it hurts Until you lose the one you wantedWhen you lose the one you wanted Cause youre taking her forCause hes taking you for granted grantedAnd everything you had got And everything you had gotdestroyed destroyedThe lyrics portray a narrative throughout the song which is followed in the musicvideo. The characters are shown in role reversal with the artist acting in place ofher husband. The music video follows an everyday life for the couple in theirreversal roles, with the lyrics reflecting the behaviour into the feelings she feelswhen he acts when not with her. Towards the end of the video, it is visuallyrevealed that the characters are acting in reversed roles, this is also where thelyrics change from how the artist believes the male should act to how sheunderstands how he feels when acting against her. The action and the lyrics runparallel with each other. Within the music video, Beyoncé is trying to express herfeelings, as well as enable to relate it to other women in a relationship.
Music & NarrativeThe music is at a steady tempo which may again reflect the narrative of a normalday. However at around 4:00 the music cuts for dialogue, this reflects that thereis an important change to the narrative. In this case this is where the characters’role reversal is revealed to the audience and they change back to their correctroles. With the change to the narrative revealed,the music then starts again at a slower pacebuilding back up to the normal tempo of thesong.
Mis-en-sceneThe music video includes two main characters; the artist herself and her husband inthe film. The characters are both dressed to what the audience believe is theirprofession, a Police woman and an Office worker. Portraying the characters in workattire shows the audience that the characters are just two normal people livingtheir lives.The song is about relationship problems and how theman should treat a women in a relationship ineveryday life from a women’s point of view. With thedress portraying the charactersas normal people, the videomay reflect that normalpeople in life, maysuffer relationshipproblems like the characterswhich the audience may relate to.
GenreThe genre of the song is pop / R&B. The music video reflects this through a laidback mise en scene. The simple clothing, make-up, location and narrative mayall contribute to the genre that is usually linked to the artist.
CameraworkThe music video contains a range of camera shots, however the most common ismid-close ups of the characters. An example of this is at 1:45 when the colleaguesare seen looking at each other. The close up increases the intensity of the maleand female’s relationship as they are seen looking at each other making theaudience guess what each of them are thinking. Another example of this is theclose ups of the ‘husband’s’ reaction when his wifeignores his call at 2:08. This increases theaudience’s knowledge of his position andagain make the audience guess how hemay be feeling.
EditingThroughout the music video, it is shown in black and white. This may be used torepresent that the breakdown in relationships is a re-occurring problem whichhas been around for a long time. The narrative is followed with continuity editingshowing the differences in the day of the two characters. The majority of themusic video is showing the women playing the role of the man’s everyday life.Towards the end of the song we see that the role reversal showing the sameshots, for example of both of the characters walking down the stairs. Before therole reversal is shown visually we see a fade to black. This may represent thechange to make it obvious to the audience that the role reversal is apparent andalso to give a break in the song for dialogue.
Star Imagethe camera is used to sell Beyoncé as a performer. Various of times theaudience get close ups of her but also of the story. Beyoncé isnt dressed upin usual costume in this video because it fits the lyrics to be under dressed.The body language of Beyoncé is how the lyrics perceive her to be. Shessaying “if I were a boy” dressed as a male so her body language is alsomasculine. Her confident masculine performance shows how confident sheis in putting on a difficult role. During the video she still has her flawlessshots and close-ups showing that this is still her usual look. Beyonce’s imagein this particular music video almost allows her to become like an idol toother women around the world. This music video also shows another side toher, other than her good looks and sexyness. This music video goes deeper,and almost lets the audience get to know a bit more about the artist herself,and her personality, rather than just her original look. In this video the artistis almost showing the us, the audience that she as well is a normal woman,with complications and that even her life can be hard.