Alicia Keys lectures men on how to treat women in the clunky "A Woman's Worth."
Yearning strings start single, leading into a strong-willed guitar. She states her expectations of a fulfilling relationship: romantic dinners by candlelight, a sensous bubble bath together, trips to the islands and thoughtful but expensive jewelry. If her boyfriend takes the time to be with her and buy her stuff, it will be because he believes she's deserving of it.
"You could buy me diamonds/You could buy me pearls/Take me on a cruise around the world/Baby you know I'm worth it/Dinner lit by candle/Run my bubble bath/Make love tenderly to last, to last/'Cause baby you know I'm worth it."
In the b-section, she advises men to make their girlfriends top priority. On a contradictory note, she thinks men shouldn't be concerned about how much they spend. She tells the men they will be dumped if they don't acknowledge their girlfriends.
"Wanna please, wanna keep, wanna treat, your woman right/Not just dough but to show that you know she is worth your time/You will lose if you chose to refuse to put her first/She will if she can find a man who knows her worth."
Keys "mmm's" as she goes into the chorus. She notes a mature man will recongnize a woman for her intelligence. She also adds a woman can be indenpendent even if the man is opening the door for her. She says the man and woman are equals to each other. But the men must respect the women.
"'Cause a real man, knows a real woman when he sees her/And a real woman knows a real man ain't afraid to please her/And a real woman knows a real man always comes first/And a real man just can't deny a woman's worth."
The background singers boom "a woman's worth" without any buildup. It's a clumsy moment, given they are absent for a majority of the song and then belt out of nowhere.