The new single from Beyoncé sounds like a power anthem for the Great Resignation.
The lyrics to her latest single, “Break My Soul,” speak to the millions of Americans who have left their jobs in the last year in search of better opportunities, despite unemployment being at an all-time low. Even as recession fears grow, 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in April.
The Great Resignation Song
The first verse spells out the urges many Americans are trying to act on: “Now I just fell in love / And I just quit my job / I’m gonna find new drive / Damn they work me so damn hard / Work by nine / Then off past five / And they work my nerves / That’s why I cannot sleep at night.”
The song, which debuted on Monday, is from her upcoming album, Renaissance: Act 1, which will be released on July 29.
On social media, the song was immediately dubbed a “anthem for the Great Resignation,” and fans didn’t miss a beat, posting memes and all-cap tweets aligning themselves with Queen Bey’s motivational message to ditch hustle culture and get back to “sleeping real good at night.”
The offset between job vacancies and job seekers, dubbed the “Great Resignation,” means that there are now nearly two job openings for every unemployed worker, a situation that Fed Chair Powell has called “unhealthy.”
The central bank raised its benchmark interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point last week in an aggressive attempt to tamp down spiraling inflation and cool the economy — but the move may have an impact on the Laboure market.
Against this backdrop, “Break My Soul” struck a chord with fans — and economists.
“Truly JOLTS’s time in the spotlight,” posted on twitter labour economist Nick Bunker, referring to the monthly report that tabulates the number of people who quit their job.
But if Beyoncé goes where Powell has not, “Break My Soul” also presents fans with somewhat of a predicament: “Now if I quit my job, why I’m pay for the tour?” one fan tweeted.