The subject matter instantly caused fans far-and-wide to speculate that the album must be about Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s marriage but now, in an interview with Genius, one of Queen Bey’s songwriters is setting the record straight.
Speaking specifically of the ballad “Love Drought,” writer Ingrid Burley revealed that the song isn’t about Beyoncé and Jay-Z. In fact, the song isn’t about a couple at all. Instead, Burley divulged that the track is about her own troubled relationship with her label.
“I wrote ‘Love Drought’— I was very frustrated with the label at the time. Two years ago. I was very new,” Burley told Genius. “Two of the people who were running the label at the time had lied to me and told me that Beyoncé wasn’t currently listening to any new music.”
Burley said she was so upset, she ended up writing “Love Drought” in 30 minutes. The songwriter even revealed that the emotional hook where Beyoncé sings “you and me could move a mountain, you and me could calm a war down,” is actually about Burley’s own relationship with music.
We never would have guessed that this is what “Love Drought” is really about, but we’ll definitely be looking at the ballad through a new set of lenses now!