Beyoncé’s Younger Daughter Rumi Carter Joins Her on New Song ‘Protector’

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Rumi Carter seems to be following in her big sister Blue Ivy’s footsteps. The 6-year-old daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z (and twin sibling of Sir) is featured on her superstar mother’s new album, Cowboy Carter. The track “Protector” begins with a snippet of Rumi saying, “Mom, can I hear the lullaby, please?”

On the tender acoustic ballad, Beyoncé embraces her role as a mother and sings about protecting and being proud of her children. She says in the chorus: “And I will lead you down that road if you lose your way / Born to be a protector / Even though I know someday you’re gonna shine on your own / I will be your projector.”

Rumi’s big sister Blue was the star of last year’s Renaissance tour, as she stole the show with a dance solo night after night. Before that, she won her first Grammy at 9 years old for her work on Beyoncé’s “Brown Skin Girl” music video. Like Rumi, clips of Blue speaking as a young child appeared on Bey’s song “Blue” in 2013. But now that Rumi and her twin brother Sir are growing up, it seems like she’s bound to be more involved in her mother’s work too. She also made an appearance in Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé.

Listen to “Protector” and read the full lyrics below, courtesy of Genius.

[Intro: Rumi Carter]
Mom, can I hear the lullaby, please?

[Verse 1]
And there I was tangled up in marigold
We were listening to the reverent children singing
(Sing, sing, sing, sing, sing, sing) Yeah
Humming low as the garden river flows
While the August light becomes a golden evenin’, yeah (Evenin’)

[Chorus]
And I will lead you down that road if you lose your way
Born to be a protector, mm-hmm
Even though I know someday you’re gonna shine on your own
I will be your projector, mmm, mm-hmm

[Verse 2]
An apricot picked right off a given tree
I gave watеr to the soil and now it feeds me, yeah, yеah (Yeah)
And there you are, shaded underneath it all
I feel proud of who I am, because you need me, yeah (Yeah)

[Chorus]
And I will lead you down that road if you lose your way (Uh)
Born to be a protector, (—tor, mm)
Even though I know some day you’re gonna shine on your own
I will be your projector (Mm)
And even though I know some day you’re gonna shine on your own
I will be your projector, projector, projector

[Bridge]
I first saw your face in your father’s gaze
There’s a long line of hands carryin’ your name, mm
Liftin’ you up, so you will be raised

[Chorus]
Even though I know some day you’re gonna shine on your own
I will be your projector, yeah, yeah
And even though I know some day you’re gonna shine on your own
I will be your protector, born to be a protector

[Outro]
Okay

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