Aretha Franklin – better known as the “Queen of Soul”, left the world in sadness after her sudden loss last Thursday. Her iconic sounds and powerful voice goes unmatched, along with her words of wisdom on civil rights, feminism and much more, described in a few of her greatest hits. Here are some of the best Aretha Franklin lyrics that we know and love, along with it’s great meaning.
Aretha made sure to show her worth in “Respect”, which became an anthem for women empowerment and civil rights. In these lyrics, she emphasizes that she’s satisfied with who she is and has a lot to offer.
“Before the day I met you, life was so unkind. You’re the key to my peace of mind.”
The world was moved by the lyrics in “ (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, and still touches people today. Her powerful tone and passion illustrate a woman who feels appreciation and love from her husband.
You better think (think), think about what you’re trying to do to me, yeah think, let your mind go, let yourself be free”.
In Aretha’s hit single “Think”, she sings about women’s rights. This became a feminist anthem because of the strong attitude in the lyrics, having men THINK twice about ever crossing a woman!
In “I Say A Little Prayer”, Aretha sings about a woman’s love for her partner so strong, that every part of her day consists of thoughts of her loved one.
It’s easy to say that when it comes to Soul, Aretha Franklin will forever remain the Queen. Her amazing anthems will be shared and valued by future generations. Her sounds will remain alive, and her legacy shall live forever.