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"Ameriican Requiem" is the opening track to Beyoncé's latest album, Cowboy Carter, which came out just yesterday on March 29th, 2024.

It's a powerful song that tackles a few things:

Genre-bending: While rooted in country sounds with acoustic guitars, it also throws in elements like gospel and psychedelic flourishes, reflecting the overall theme of the album which isn't a straight country record, but a "Beyoncé Album" that incorporates country influences

Challenging identity in Country Music: The lyrics directly address the fact that Beyoncé has been told she's "not country enough" despite her Southern roots and connection to the genre. She asks "If that ain't country, tell me what is?" This has been a real-world conversation around her performances of country-tinged songs and her reception in the genre.

A Call to Unity: The song also has a message of unity and facing challenges together. There's a repeated line of "Can you hear me?" and a plea to "stand for something."

Here are some resources to learn more:

Listen to the song itself YouTube: