Say My Name

Album: The Writing's On The Wall (1999)
Charted: 3 1
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  • (Darkchild, na na) say my name, say my name
    When no one is around you
    Say baby I love you
    If you ain't runnin' game
    Say my name, say my name
    You actin' kinda shady
    Ain't callin' me baby
    Why the sudden change ?
    Say my name, say my name
    If no one is around you
    Say baby I love you
    If you ain't runnin' game
    Say my name, say my name
    You actin' kinda shady
    Ain't callin' me baby
    Better say my name

    Any other day
    I would call, you would say
    "Baby how's your day?"
    But today, it ain't the same
    Every other word
    Is "uh-huh, yeah, ok"
    Could it be that you
    Are at the crib with another lady
    If you took it there
    First of all, let me say
    I am not the one
    To sit around, and be played
    So prove yourself to me
    I am the girl that you claim
    Why don't you say the thiangs
    That you said to me yesterday

    I know you say that I am assuming things
    Something's going down that's the way it seems
    Shouldn't be the reason why you're acting strange
    If nobody's holding you back from me
    'Cause I know how you usually do
    When you say everything to me times two
    Why can't you just tell the truth
    If somebody's there then tell me who

    Say my name, say my name
    When no one is around you
    Say baby I love you
    If you ain't runnin' game
    Say my name, say my name
    You actin' kinda shady
    Ain't callin' me baby
    Why the sudden change ?
    Say my name, say my name
    If no one is around you
    Say baby I love you
    If you ain't runnin' game
    Say my name, say my name
    You actin' kinda shady
    Ain't callin' me baby
    Better say my name

    What is up with this
    Tell the truth, who you with
    How would you like it if
    I came over with my clique
    Don't try to change it now
    Say you gotta bounce
    When two seconds ago
    You said you just got in the house
    It's hard to believe that you
    Are at home, by yourself
    When I just heard the voice
    Heard the voice of someone else
    Just this question, why
    Do you feel you gotta lie?
    Gettin' caught up in your game
    Where you can not say my name

    I know you say that I am assuming things
    Something's going down that's the way it seems
    Shouldn't be the reason why you're acting strange
    If nobody's holding you back from me
    Cause I know how you usually do
    When you say everything to me times two
    Why can't you just tell the truth
    If somebody's there then tell me who

    Say my name, say my name
    When no one is around you
    Say baby I love you
    If you ain't runnin' game
    Say my name, say my name
    You actin' kinda shady
    Ain't callin' me baby
    Why the sudden change ?
    Say my name, say my name
    If no one is around you
    Say baby I love you
    If you ain't runnin' game
    Say my name, say my name
    You actin' kinda shady
    Ain't callin' me baby
    Better say my name

    (Where my ladies at?) yeah yeah yeah yeah
    (Can you say that, c'mon) yeah yeah yeah yeah
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah
    (All the girls say) yeah yeah yeah yeah
    (I cant hear you) yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah
    (All of you sing) yeah yeah yeah yeah
    (All the girls say) yeah yeah yeah yeah
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah
    (Break it down) oh oh oh oh oh
    (DC, take it to the bridge, c'mon)

    I know you say that I am assuming things
    Something's going down that's the way it seems
    Shouldn't be the reason why you're acting strange
    If nobody's holding you back from me
    Cause I know how you usually do
    When you say everything to me times two
    Why can't you just tell the truth
    If somebody's there then tell me who

    Say my name, say my name
    When no one is around you
    Say baby I love you
    If you ain't runnin' game
    Say my name, say my name
    You actin' kinda shady
    Ain't callin' me baby
    Why the sudden change ?
    Say my name, say my name
    If no one is around you
    Say baby I love you
    If you ain't runnin' game
    Say my name, say my name
    You actin' kinda shady
    Ain't callin' me baby
    Better say my name Writer/s: Beyonce Knowles, Fred Jerkins Iii, Kelendria Rowland, Lashawn Ameen Daniels, Latavia Roberson, Letoya Luckett, Rodney Jerkins
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 14

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyLaShawn Daniels passed away on September 4th, 2019 in South Carolina as the result of an auto accident, he was 41 years old...
    He won a Grammy Award for co-writing Destiny’s Child’s hit song, “Say My Name”*. In 2003, he co-wrote the popular song “Love and War” for Tamar Braxton and he appeared on her reality shows, 'Braxton Family Values' and 'Tamar & Vince'...
    May he R.I.P.
    * On March 12th, 2000 "Say My Name" peaked at #1 {for 3 weeks} on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart..
  • Kyle from 57760, Sdi like the sick puppies version better....im not into pop :p
  • Sunny from St. Louis, MoAw, I see where you might say that. It's cause the lyrics are "You actin kinda shady, BEEN callin me baby, better say my name"

    You see, it's like in that movie John Tucker Must Die. He has like 3 girlfriends, so calls them by their cutsie names, so he doesn't accidentally say the wrong name, hence Say my name Say my name for the song. :)

    But it's all good Nora, you like Destiny's Child so you're better than 98% of the world ;)
  • Laura from London, EnglandI saw an interweiw with Beyonce and she said they DID have loads of choreography worked out for the video but as a result of bringing in not only 1 but 2 new members in to the group, they didnt have enough time to teach / learn the moves in time for the video shoot so they just did posing on the beats.
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrHey Nora, if someone calls you "baby", that's an affectionate way of telling you they love you. I believe that's what she means. The girl wants her lover to call her "baby". I don't see anything wrong with this man callin' his lovin' woman "baby". To him, that's her name.
  • Chrystal from Chicago, IlI thought the music video would be more interesting than the group just posing the whole time.
  • X1babigrl from Jaxson, NjThis song is a good song to play when u are suspecting that your boyfriend is cheating on you. if he cant say your name or i love you when he says he is alone then he is cheating on you!
  • Grace from Fairfax Station, VaIn my opinion, this is Destiny's Child best song. Beyonce gives her best performance yet in this song.
  • Katerina from New Britain, CtI love this song Destiny's Child will rule FOREVER!!!!
  • Wes from Springfield, VaThe stuttering beat in this sets my teeth on edge.
  • Mercedes from Portland Yah!, OrI Think This Song Is About A Women Who Wants Respect From Her Man Thats All!!
  • Megan from Royal Oak, MiNo, Nora..."aint calin me baby" you said it right in the quote. He's not calling her baby...he won't say her name..."could it be that you are at home with another lady? if you took it there, first of all, let me say..I am not the one to sit around and be played."
  • Colin from Mt Gilead, OhOriginal rumors about this song were about sex.
  • Nora from Richfield, Mn'Say my name, say my name
    if no one is around you
    say baby i love you
    if you aint runnin game
    Say my name, say my name
    you actin kinda shady
    aint callin me baby
    Better say my name!'

    He never called her baby! How did this fact get approved: About a boyfriend who may be cheating. He keeps calling her "baby" instead of saying her name.
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