The truly phenomenal Mary J. Blige is one of the most legendary female songwriters and vocalists ever born.
Hailing from The Bronx borough of New York City, she began her storied career in the late 1980s while still a teenager. By 1991, production on her debut album, “What’s the 411?” had begun.
Needless to say, the album was an instant classic.
Blige is known for her riveting songs, which deeply reflect her life experiences. No doubt her music is full of real world wisdom and advice.
Here are 6 times her lyrics were the answer to life’s problems.
1. “Real Love” (off What’s the 411?)
So I try my best and pray to God
He’ll send me someone real
To caress me and to guide me
Towards a love my heart can feel.
These lyrics right here used to infuse hope into my soul.
The message is simple: Pray and always leave it up to The Almighty to send you the right person to love.
2. “Not Gon’ Cry” (off the waiting to exhale soundtrack)
I should have left your ass a thousand times!
Need I say more? How many times have we all stayed in a relationship with a man that we should have left a long time ago? This is one of those ‘you live and you learn’ situations.
3. “Reminisce” (off What’s the 411?)
I can see you standing there alone
like an angel tryin’ to find his way home
I don’t remember how we fell apart
Here we are again, c’mon, right into my heart.
This song actually applied to a long lost love of mine I eventually reconciled with. The lyrics in this song are deep, and they thoroughly applied to a certain era of my life. Mary tells you here that when you get a second chance at love, it always happens naturally. Trying to force it usually ends up in disaster.
4. “My Life” (off My Life album)
Life can be only what you make it
When you’re feelin down
You should never fake it
Say what’s on your mind
And you’ll find in time
That all the negative energy
It would all cease
And you’ll be at peace with yourself
You won’t really need no one else
Except for the man up above
Because He’ll give you love.
This song and these particular lyrics used to bring tears of joy to my eyes. No matter what I was going through, these words would help me keep my faith intact. This song used to make me feel like I could conquer whatever ugly the world threw at me. These lyrics definitely teach you about self-worth. Getting acceptance from people is the least most important thing in the world when you have The Lord’s favor.
5. “Be Happy” (off My Life album)
How can I love somebody else
If I can’t love myself enough to know
When it’s time,
Time to let go.
Can I get a Amen for this one! Far too many times, we ladies want love from a man when we don’t have the right amount of love for ourselves. This is extremely important to remember during life’s trials. People will always treat you in the manner you treat yourself. Again, self-love is the first and foremost thing to have before you try to love somebody else.
6. “No More Drama” (off No More Drama album)
Broken heart again
Another lesson learn
Better know your friends
Or else you will get burned
Gotta count on me
Cause I can guarantee
That I’ll be fine.
Tell ’em again, Ms. Mary! Keywords: BETTER KNOW YOUR FRIENDS! I swear I had to learn this one the hard way. Your circle is always going to change as you grow older. Life is full of revolving doors, and betrayal can even come from the people you’ve known the longest. Mary shows how keeping your eyes ahead often leads to better days.
I hope you have enjoyed this list of timeless song lyrics from one of the best artists of the modern era. Mary J. has a way of talking you through your own life as she gives you a journey through hers.
This list actually doesn’t do her music enough justice. Her catalog is full of classics that are overflowing with life changing advice. Next time you tune into the Queen of hip hop soul listen carefully. She might give you the answers you’ve been looking for.
Until next time,
Peace and love and remember to let the right frame of mind lead your heart.