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Not a Sidechick Anthem! The REAL Meaning Behind SZA’s The Weekend

If you know me, you know I am a HUGE SZA fan. In some of my other posts, I’ve talked about how her songs have inspired me to write. She is a very talented artist. She has gained five Grammy nominations for her CTRL album and several of the songs from the album; Love Galore, The Weekend and Supermodel. The first two songs have gone platinum. Both Love Galore and The Weekend have had commercial success. BUT one of the songs, The Weekend, people have gotten the meaning confused. Many people argue and believe that SZA’s The Weekend is a “sidechick” anthem. She’s explained, through her Twitter, that the song is, in fact, not about a woman willing to be a sidechick.

 

I can see how the song’s meaning can be misinterpreted, but looking deeper into the lyrics can help clarify. So, let’s begin with the first verse:

 

You say you got a girl

How you want me?

How you want me when you got a girl?

The feelin’ is reckless

Of knowin’ it’s selfish

And knowin’ I’m desperate

Getting’ all in your love

Fallin’ all over love, like

Do it til it hurts less

Hanging out the back, all up in your lap

Like is you comin’ home?

Is you out with her?

I don’t care long as you’re here by

10:30, no later than

Drop them drawers, give me what I want

 

The song starts with the protagonist asking the question about why the man wants her if he has other women, if he’s dating other women. Does he not feel content with the women he’s dealing with? Even if he wasn’t honest, the protagonist knows he’s hopping from woman to woman. She acknowledges that his actions are selfish, but she’s desperate, she’s yearning for love. She’s thinking about the possibilities that could be. It’s like she knows the man is with other women, but she’s not completely sure, so she doesn’t want to dismiss the possibility of love.

 

My man is my man is your man

Heard that’s her man too?

My man is my man is your man

Heard that’s her man?

Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

I just keep him satisfied through the weekend

You like 9 to 5, I’m the weekend

Make him lose his mind every weekend

You take Wednesday, Thursday

Then just send him my way

Think I got it covered for the weekend

 

In reality, this song is about three women sharing one man’s time, and not about a woman dating a married man. Even if she wasn’t aware that she’s sharing a man with other women, she can’t be completely sure because of her acknowledgement that men don’t want limitations. “Heard that’s her man too?”. There’s rumors going around that she’s not the only one in the picture. But he’s not owning up to having multiple women, so this thing between the protagonist and the guy is turning into “fun”. She only has him on the weekends, two or three days out of the week. That’s not a relationship. The protagonist starts to understand this, and come to terms with being worth more than “the weekend”.

 

I gotta say I’m in the mood for a little bit more of that

I mean I’m saying what kind of deal’s just two days?

I need me at least bout four of them

More of them, more of you on me

On us, just tell me you want me, yeah

Ready to take her place

Ready to give you

What you’ve been missin’ on weekdays

What you’ve been waitin’ for

10:30, no later than

Drop them drawers, I know what you want

 

The guy is a player, a womanizer. He’s playing with the emotions of three women. One of them, the protagonist, is catching on and is going to opt out of this “deal”. In this verse, she’s asking him for more time, to be the only woman in his life. She’s ready to take the place of all the women he’s dealing with, thus becoming his only woman. BUT he’s not willing to give that up, so she ultimately refuses the deal between them; she only has him on the weekend, while other women have him on the weekdays.

 

So, overall, this is not a song about a woman allowing herself to be the mistress of a married man. This song is about a woman figuring out that this man is also dating other women, so she leaves him. She doesn’t feel disrespected because they weren’t in a relationship. The position she was in doesn’t make her less than what she is, it doesn’t diminish her. Rather, he’s the one that looks bad because he can’t stay content with one person. She, inevitably, chooses to end things with him.

 

If you haven’t heard the song, I suggest you give it a listen! Also, check out her other songs! She’s a really good artist! Let me know what you guys think about The Weekend and SZA!

Fernando lopez

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