The Metaphor of "Lemonade" - 關於「檸檬汁」的隱喻

Why is it called Lemonade?


At one point on the album, during a spoken-word segment, Beyoncé merges the well-known maxim “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade” with a moving story about her grandmother, delivering the below speech:


“Take one pint of water, add a half pound of sugar, the juice of eight lemons, the zest of half lemon. Pour the water into one, then to another several times. Strain through a clean napkin. Grandmother. The alchemist. You spun gold out of this hard life. Conjured beauty from the things left behind. Found healing where it did not live. Discovered the antidote in your own kitchen. Broke the curse with your own two hands. You past these instructions down to your daughter, who then passed them down to her daughter.”


Elsewhere, the album references both the singer’s personal struggles, and some of the wider issue faced by black women today and throughout history. It therefore isn’t too much of a stretch to assume that the collection’s title is a celebration of metaphorical lemonade-making: an ode to overcoming hardship, turning things around, and triumphing over adversity. (That said, the fact she handily included a recipe hints that Queen Bey is probably also a fan of homemade lemonade).

在其他地方,這張專輯既提到了歌手的個人掙扎,也提到了今天和整個歷史上黑人女性面臨的一些更廣泛的問題。因此,該專輯的標題是在慶祝一個含隱喻性檸檬汁製作並不是太過分:一種克服困難,扭轉局面,戰勝逆境的頌歌。 (也就是說,她輕鬆地包含了一份食譜,暗示Queen Bey可能也是自製檸檬汁的粉絲)。

The lyrics, which refer to passing lemonade-making down from daughter to daughter, may be a reference to Beyoncé’s grandmother on her mother’s side: a seamstress named Agnez Dereon, who was born in French-speaking Louisiana.

歌詞是指由女兒傳承到女兒的檸檬汁製作,可能是在指 Beyoncé’s 媽媽與她的媽媽的一種關係 :Beyoncé’s 的外婆是一位名叫 Agnez Dereon 的女裁縫,出生於講法語的路易斯安那州。

Although she died before the singer was born, Beyoncé has previously shown pride in her maternal grandparents, sharing photographs of Agnez and her husband Lumis on her Tumblr account and naming her 2006 fashion line House of Deréon.

雖然她在 Beyoncé 出生前去世,但 Beyoncé 先前對她的外祖父母感到非常驕傲,她在她的Tumblr 部落格上分享了 Agnez 和她的丈夫 Lumis 的照片,並命名她 2006年 的時尚品牌 House of Deréon。

The album also includes video of Jay Z’s grandmother Hattie at her 90th birthday, sharing memories and stating “I was given lemons and I made lemonade”.

這張專輯還包括 Jay Z 的祖母 Hattie 在她 90歲生日 的視頻,分享回憶,並說 「我被給了檸檬,我做了檸檬汁」。

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