"Bag Lady" as written by Isaac Hayes, Andre Romell Young, Craig A. Longmiles, Brian Anthony Bailey, Ricardo Emmanuel Brown Jr. and Nathaniel D. Hale....
Bag lady you gone hurt your back
Dragging all them bags like that
I guess nobody ever told you
All you must hold onto, is you, is you, is you

One day all them bags gon' get in your way
One day all them bags gon' get in your way
I said one day all them bags gon' get in your way
One day all them bags gon' get in your way, so pack light,
Pack light, mm, pack light, pack light, oh ooh

Bag lady you gon' miss your bus
You can't hurry up, 'cause you got too much stuff
When they see you coming, niggas take off running
From you it's true, oh yes they do

One day he gon' say you crowding my space
One day he gon' say you crowding my space
I said one day he gon' say you crowding my space
One day he gon' say you crowding my space so, pack light
Pack light, mm, pack light, pack light, ooh ooh

Girl I know, sometimes it's hard and we can't let go
Oh when someone hurts you oh so bad inside
You can't deny it you can't stop crying
So oh, oh, oh, if you start breathin' babe
You won't believe it, it feels so much better, so much better baby
Bag lady, let it go let it go let it go let it go oh
Girl you don't need it
Bet ya love could make it better
Bet ya love can make it better
Bet ya love can make it better, need someone to love you right
Bet ya love can make it better
Bet ya love I bet ya love I bet ya
Bet ya love can make it better, baby baby
Bet ya love can make it better
Bet ya love can make it better, hey hey
Bet ya love can make it better,
I bet ya love I bet you love
Bet ya love can make it better
I bet ya love I bet you love, oh oh oh (Bet ya love can make it better)
Bet ya love can make it better (oh oh oh oh)
Bet ya love can make it better
Bag lady, let it go let it go let it go let it go oh
Yeah you don't need it


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"Bag Lady" as written by Brian Anthony Bailey Andre Young

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General Commentshe's telling women to let go of their baggage. i took it to be specifically baggage from relationships/men/etc... because of the "one day he gon say you crowdin my space" line. She repeats it 4 times, so it seems like a pretty important part of her message. She's saying if your hurt, admit it, think about it, solve it, cry it out, move on. Allow yourself to drop the anger/sadness/resentment/neediness/insecurities/distrust/cynicism that your broken heart is full of because it will weight you down and cause you to miss out on happiness.
    looooooooooooove this song. because it truly speaks to ALL women. (gucci bags, garbage bags, nickle bags, baby bags....)
    throwdownon September 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song means that you shouldn't live in the past because you will only be hurting yourself more and more in the end.
    Adrienne05on September 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is about shedding our material desires.
    mmbson February 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis songs about letting go of the things that arent important and holding on to your piece of mind.

    So, where my garbage bag lady
    Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go
    What about the grocery bag lady
    Betcha love can make it better
    I'm talkin' to my Gucci bag lady
    Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go
    What about my paper sack lady
    Betcha love can make it better
    What about my nickle bag lady
    Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go

    ^thats just sayin people of all classes should relate to this song. let go of the things that hold you down and move on with life. "all you must hold on to is you"
    nsdjon April 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have just created an account for the SOLE purpose to address "crisis"... Your ghetto-style of written communication makes you appear to be uneducated and is difficult for anyone with an education to decipher. I'm all for educating the ignorant so the following is the proper way to have composed your thoughts so that the average adult can understand your thoughts:

    "Yes, I agree completely with nsdj. The song is, basically, saying to forget all of the things from the past and look to the future!!! Like it said: "bag lady, you gone miss your bus; you cant hurry up cause you got too much stuff"

    It's saying that if you carry on thinking about the past, you can never move forward to have a better future; hence, she misses the bus, she's missing a good future!!! People, keep this in mind. It's a good message that people should take in and think about."

    It's still not quite grammatically correct but I thought maybe you shoiuld learn to spell first.

    Don't insult yourself with such poor written communication. Drop the baggage of thinking you have to write like you were taught by morons to look cool. Ignorance and bad communication skills should be an embarassment.
    bluwaterson June 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNow, as for my own translation of these lyrics...

    Ms. Badu tells us that in order to be free to have positive things in our lives, we must rid ourselves of the negative.

    Simple.
    bluwaterson June 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis songs about letting go of the things that arent important and holding on to your piece of mind.

    So, where my garbage bag lady
    Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go
    What about the grocery bag lady
    Betcha love can make it better
    I'm talkin' to my Gucci bag lady
    Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go
    What about my paper sack lady
    Betcha love can make it better
    What about my nickle bag lady
    Let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go

    ^thats just sayin people of all classes should relate to this song. let go of the things that hold you down and move on with life. "all you must hold on to is you"
    nsdjon April 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentye i agree completly wit nsdj..... da song is basically sayin 2 forget all of da fings from da past and look 2 da future!!! like it sed
    *bag lady you gone miss your bus
    you cant hurry up coz you got 2 much stuff*

    ^ it's sayin dat if u carry on finkin bout da past u can neva move forward 2 hav a betta future, hence "she misses da bus"... she's missin a gd future!!! ppl kep dis in mind it's a gd msg dat ppl should take in and fink about
    *crisis*on February 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI generally agree with you, throwdown. I'd like to add tht for me this song is also about women who were hurt and then they try to compensate it with new clothes and generally material stuff. They seem to think they are more worth if they wear expensive clothes (gucci bag could be replaced with a grocery bag, she would still be a great, lovable woman. I do love Erykah, she's awsome. i'm waiting impatiently for her new album.
    green.kolanaon February 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI completely agree with Throwdown.

    I think it's about a woman who has too much emotional baggage, and she is basically telling her to let go because if you hang on to it you are going to scare off any potential new relationships.


    "Girl, I know sometimes it's hard and we can't let go
    Oh, when someone hurts you oh so bad inside
    You can't deny it, you can't stop crying".
    crushcrushcrush83on May 26, 2008   Link

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