Lizzo, 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready): the lyrics & meaning

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2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) is the second official single extracted by Lizzo from her 2022 album Special. The song follows up on the path of the singer’s personal growth and represents a continuation of the thoughts she expressed inside About Damn Time, the first single (we analyzed it here). In this article, we will delve into the lyrics of this single and provide an interpretation of the meaning. You will also find the complete lyrics at the end of the article.

You can find the official video of 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) below.

Lizzo - 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready) [Official Video]
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2 Be Loved (Am I Ready): inside the meaning of the lyrics

As we already saw inside About Damn Time, Lizzo is living a moment of her life where she finally succeeded in overcoming her insecurities. She’s slowly starting to love herself and believes she’s fine. Fine enough to live a pleasant life, for example, as we analyzed for About Damn Time. Fine enough to enjoy the friendships with her girls (as she said clearly in Grrrls). And, well, fine enough to have a healthy love relationship, as 2 Be Loved dares to say.

The song’s beginning covers the time before she had a man who expressed his interest in her.

That lovey-dovey s**t, was not a fan of it (Uh-uh)
I’m good with my friends, I don’t want a man, girl
I’m in my bed, I’m way too fine to be here alone (Too fine)
On other hand, I know my worth, ah, ah
And now he callin’ me (Brr), why do I feel like this?
What’s happenin’ to me? Oh, oh, oh

She’s okay with being single, which always represents a significant step in our personal growth. But at the same time, she knows she’s worth a good love relationship. So now that a man shows up and calls her interested in dating, the question comes spontaneously.

Am I ready (Girl, there ain’t a doubt)
Am I ready (What you talkin’ ’bout?)
Am I ready (You gon’ figure it out)
To be loved, to be loved? (To be loved)
Am I ready? (You deserve it now)
‘Cause I want it (That’s what I’m talkin’ about)
Am I ready (You gon’ figure it out)
To be loved, to be loved?

It’s the typical doubt we all have after going through hard times, working on ourselves and our recovery, when the possibility of a new relationship suddenly arises after all this. Is it too early? I know I want it (we all want to love and be loved), but am I fully ready for this? That, of course, implies the other big question: do I love myself enough to love someone else fully?

How am I supposed to love somebody else (Shee, shee, shee)
Whеn I don’t like myself? Like, ooh
Guess I better learn to like this, ooh (True)
It might take my whole life just to do (Damn, hey, hey)

The answer is already there: we cannot stop ourselves from loving others just because we are not sure we love ourselves. Self-love is something we learn throughout our lifetime; it’s something we improve day after day until we die; it cannot be considered a goal that one day you can declare achieved.

You found me, I was fed up with the fantasy
What you wanna do? Think I’m ready, ooh
Think you like that, think you like that
When I clap back like that, let me know (Let me know)

The song seems to have a happy ending among all these doubts: Lizzo thinks she’s ready for a relationship. She believes she’s worthy and loves herself enough to make the relationship work. A man found her and wants her: there are all preconditions for a good start of a love story.

That’s the meaning of the lyrics inside 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready): it’s okay to have doubts in front of the possibility of starting a new relationship. But we are worthy and good enough to love and be loved.

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The complete lyrics

I did the work, it didn’t work, ah, ah (Mm, mm)
That truth, it hurts, g**amn it hurts, ah, ah (G**amn, it hurts)
That lovey-dovey s**t, was not a fan of it (Uh-uh)
I’m good with my friends, I don’t want a man, girl
I’m in my bed, I’m way too fine to be here alone (Too fine)
On other hand, I know my worth, ah, ah
And now he callin’ me (Brr), why do I feel like this?
What’s happenin’ to me? Oh, oh, oh

Am I ready (Girl, there ain’t a doubt)
Am I ready (What you talkin’ ’bout?)
Am I ready (You gon’ figure it out)
To be loved, to be loved? (To be loved)
Am I ready? (You deserve it now)
‘Cause I want it (That’s what I’m talkin’ about)
Am I ready (You gon’ figure it out)
To be loved, to be loved?

How am I supposed to love somebody else (Shee, shee, shee)
Whеn I don’t like myself? Like, ooh
Guess I better learn to like this, ooh (True)
It might take my whole life just to do (Damn, hey, hey)
He call me Melly (Ayy), he squeeze my belly (Yeah)
I’m too embarrassed (Ah) to say I like it
Girl, is this my boo? (Is this my boo?)
That’s why I’m askin’ you ’cause you know I’ve been through

Am I ready (Girl, there ain’t a doubt)
Am I ready (What you talkin’ ’bout?)
Am I ready (You gon’ figure it out)
To be loved (To be loved), to be loved? (To be loved)
Am I ready? (You deserve it now)
‘Cause I want it (That’s what I’m talkin’ about)
Am I ready (You gon’ figure it out)
To be loved, to be loved? (Yeah)

You found me, I was fed up with the fantasy
What you wanna do? Think I’m ready, ooh
Think you like that, think you like that
When I clap back like that, let me know (Let me know)
You found me, I was fed up with the fantasy
What you wanna do? Think I’m ready, ooh
Think you like that, think you like that
When I clap back like that, let me know

Am I ready (Girl, there ain’t a doubt)
Am I ready (What you talkin’ ’bout?)
Am I ready (You gon’ figure it out)
To be loved (To be loved), to be loved? (To be loved)
Am I ready? (You deserve it now)
(Is you ready, ready, ready?)
‘Cause I want it (That’s what I’m talkin’ about)
Am I ready (You gon’ figure it out)
(Yeah, yeah, woo, woo, woo)
To be loved (To be loved), to be loved? (To be loved)

(Am I ready?)
Yesterday, I would have run away
And I don’t know why
I don’t know why (To be loved), know why (To be loved)
(Am I ready?)
Yesterday, I would have run away
And I don’t know why (Did you know?)
I don’t know why, but I’m ready