I Was Here was written by Diane Warren. Warren wanted Beyoncé to sing the song, and Beyoncé loved it, so it ended up on 4 as the second to last song. The song is a down tempo R&B ballad. I love how slow it starts off with the piano in the background, and as the song progresses her voice and the music just get stronger. It evokes a powerful feeling and I felt so connected to her and the song. It’s about how she wants to make an impact on the world and she wants to be remembered once her time is up on Earth. Some criticized her for this song saying that it was “too deep” for someone like her to sing and that she is too young to be worrying about her legacy and leaving an impact at only 29 years of age when the song was recorded. Warren had described the song as a “career song” and it was felt that Beyoncé should not be singing that type of song. I think that it doesn’t matter how young or old someone is, anyone can be gone in the blink of an eye. So to say that she’s too young to sing this type of song sounds kind of ridiculous in my opinion.
I was a bit surprised to find what the inspiration behind this song was. In an interview with Reuters Beyoncé says “I got a call from Diane and she played the song on guitar over the phone, and I said, “Oh my god, I have to have this song.” It was inspired by September 11. It’s the tenth anniversary and I thought, “Wow, this really completes my album.”” I feel that this is a song that practically anyone can relate to whether you’re young or old. Everyone wants to leave their mark on this Earth before they die, no matter if it’s something huge or something minor. You want to make sure that you meant something to someone and you want people to know that you did the best you could with your time here. It’s a song that really touches the soul.
Listen to it I Was Here – Beyoncé
“I just want them to know
That I gave my all, did my best
Brought someone to happiness
Left this world a little better just because…
I was here…”
Song – 5