“I don’t have a reason to be, if I can’t be with you. / And I don’t need air in my lungs, if I can’t sing your song. / No, I don’t need hands if I don’t get to keep you warm,” Beyoncé sings while short clips of home videos fade in and out of the screen. “And I don’t really need myself, if I don’t need you.” The romantic tune is her anniversary gift to husband Jay-Z, as they are celebrating nine years of marriage. The singer released the video exclusively on her husband’s music streaming service Tidal, leaving only a minute-long preview available to non-subscribers.
These lyrics pose a sharp contrast to her last Tidal release Lemonade, a visual album that made waves with its references to marital infidelity. Songs like “Sorry” showed a never-before-seen angry side of the singer, with lyrics like “Looking at my watch, he shoulda been home / Today I regret the night I put that ring on.” Meanwhile, “Love Drought” featured devastatingly raw lines like “Are you aware you’re my lifeline, are you trying to kill me? / If I wasn’t me, would you still feel me?” that left fans wondering whether or not the Knowles-Carter marriage would survive.
Now, nearly exactly one year later, the pair looks stronger than ever. The “Die With You” montage features intimate clips of the two driving around together, swimming, clinking glasses on a boat, and laying in bed together. The video also begins and ends with a shot of Beyoncé sitting at the piano, while Jay-Z films her. These clips come from the original “Die With You” video, which was released on Tidal in 2015 – before the Lemonade scandal. The final product of the love song is reminiscent of the end scene of the visual album, where clips of the couple flash across the screen. One notable link between the Lemonade sequence and “Die With You” is a short clip of them showing off their matching IV tattoos, which can be seen in both videos.
In addition to the video, Beyoncé released a 63-track-long playlist on Tidal called “IV EVER EVER.” With songs bearing titles like “Love is Stronger Than Pride,” “No Ordinary Love,” and “I Only Have Eyes For You,” it’s easy to believe that she is making a statement about their relationship since the release of Lemonade. Whether or not this statement was intentional, with twins on the way and nine years under their belt, it’s clear that the Knowles-Carter family has a lot more to worry about this year than Becky with the good hair.