This Is Why I Stan For Erykah Badu: Check Out Out My Mind, Just In Time (New Video)

Deep sigh. I adore Erykah Badu. This song, “Out My Mind, Just In Time,” was one of my favorites on her last album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh. What turns me all the way out is the words the picture she painted with them. Check it:

And I’d lie for you
I’d cry for you
and pop for you
and break for you
and hate for you
And I’ll hate you too
If you want me too
Ah, Uuu…
I’d pray for you
crochet for you
Make it from scratch for you
Leave out the last for you
Go to the store for you
Do it some more for you
Do what you want me to
Yes I’m a fool for you…

Good God, that’s that I-Don’t-Give-A-Good-Doggone-What-Anybody-Has-To-Say-About-It-I-Still-Want Him-Anyway-Even-If-He-Don’t-Want-Me-Back Love. What those of us who’ve been in love and hurt by it, too, call devotion. For the record, if I were alone and in the basement listening to the words and the music to this beautiful song, I would have been doing EXACTLY what Erykah’s doing in the video housecoat and all. (Wait: I think I have done this before. In the kitchen. While cooking. Like, last week. Word life.) #LuhYouErykah #GirlCrushin



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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


  1. Okay, I thought I was the only one who dances around like this acting out songs. I swear she could be me when I’m trying to maintain my happy place.

  2. Gah…I just love me some Erykah Badu!

  3. Man…. that is beautiful….. wow…. I love it… love it.

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