Meaning of My House by Beyoncé
My House is a song associated with Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé. Said concert movie revolves around Knowles’ Renaissance World Tour whose primary purpose was to promote her album Renaissance, which was dropped in 2022. My House is not featured on that album but is played during the end credits of the film. As such, it shares the same release date with the documentary, which was on 1 December 2023.
Writing & Production Credits
Beyoncé wrote and produced this track with The-Dream, who’s one of her regular collaborators.
Other Facts about My House
This song marks the first single Beyoncé has dropped as the sole lead since those which were derived from Renaissance (2022). However earlier in 2023, she co-headlined Delresto (Echoes) with Travis Scott, which is featured on the latter’s album Utopia.
The labels behind this release are Columbia Records and Beyoncé’s own Parkwood Entertainment.
As an interesting side note, Taylor Swift showed up at the London premiere of Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé on 30 November 2023. She was returning a favor in a manner of speaking, as earlier in the year Tay Tay dropped her own concert film, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, with Beyoncé likewise showing up at that premiere.
Analysis of the Lyrics to My House
Beyoncé songs, as we know them, are never about a single subject per se. And so is the case with My House, which on the surface harps on four different themes.
First is the Queen B presenting herself as a thug – which she tends to do sometimes – in the refrain which comes before and after the first verse. Or more specifically, the singer lets it be known, in sort of a roundabout way, that she rolls with “goons”. And while on the topic, she also appears to be seeking people “out there talkin’ all that mouth”, i.e. rivals and naysayers who are saying negative things about her in a confrontational manner.
The verse following the refrain is one that can perhaps be best described as braggadocious. Knowles is both very rich and highly fashionable, and in this passage she acknowledges the practice of high-end shopping, besides getting drunk, as a means of counteracting depression, boredom or what have you. Or viewed from a different angle, the vocalist is such that she can go out and chill and buy expensive jewelry anytime she wants. And before closing out the verse, after once again giving a shoutout to her “goons” and intimidating opps, Beyoncé also points out, in a poetic way, how she’s a trending musician.
Part II of the track is a bit more confusing, for lack of a better way of putting it. For instance, its chorus starts off with Beyoncé apparently harping back to her childhood, i.e. fantasizing that ‘when she grows up’, she ‘gonna buy a house’, which she will “make love” and “stay up… in”.
Afterwards, she appears to jump back to present, comforting an addressee who reads as if s/he is in Queen B’s crib, acting disrespectful. And to such individuals, Beyoncé vehemently instructs that they should just ‘get the f*ck up out of her house’.
The lyrics that follow give the impression that the “house” Beyoncé is referring to may not be her literal residence. Instead, that term may be a metaphor for the career she and others have built for herself. So if taken as such then, going back earlier in the chorus and even into Part I, perhaps the people who Knowles is relaying those aggressive lines towards are those she feels are trying to f*ck up her career. And considering that this track is associated with the aforementioned concert film, maybe she’s also saying something like haters will not be received kindly at her performances.
Indeed, before all is said and done, the bridge of My House – unlike the rest of the song, if you will – has Beyoncé espousing an ideology of love. The songstress seemingly lets it be known that what she’s about is loving her audience and fans. But at the same time, she doesn’t expect that affection to be reciprocal if respective individuals are suffering from self-hate. So it can be postulated that she’s still addressing certain haters and naysayers. And the way the Queen sees it is that they don’t really have beef with her, but rather their hatred is the result of internal issues.
That said, she does close out the bridge by also reminding such individuals that she’s not the one to be trifled with. Beyoncé may be a diva, a musician who can fill concert halls, but she also touts herself as someone who ‘carries’ which, within the context goons and such, would be a reference to holding a gat.
So in conclusion, we’re going to go out on a limb and say the “house” referred to in this song, in the grand scheme of it all, would be akin to venues that Beyoncé headlines. As implied, not everyone who comes to her shows does so with a celebratory, loving or positive spirit. So Knowles is letting those people know that if they really want to go there, she’s ready, willing and able to defend herself.