“Survivor” — Destiny’s Child

No Words, No Song
5 min readSep 1, 2019

Some days are like a walk on the beach with someone you love. “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child is a song for the days you think nobody will ever love you again.

And tough days come to us all…even international superstars.

It might be hard to remember now, but back at the turn of the century the all-conquering Beyoncé Knowles was in a girl group called Destiny’s Child.

There had been a falling out…the sort of thing PR people describe as “creative differences”…which led to Destiny’s Child going through a rapid change of personnel in the period immediately before “Survivor” came out.

At times, I’m sure, the remaining Destiny’s Child members, Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland, must have wondered if it was worth continuing through the name-calling, lawsuits and general aggravation of having to deal with their former band-mates.

There’s a time when push comes to shove for us all. Sometimes it’s easier to give up. But Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland didn’t.

In most walks of life, adversity is something we can do without. But adversity is often a great source of inspiration if you’re in the songwriting business.

Taking inspiration from both their travails with former band-mates and from a TV show called “Survivor” which was popular around same time, Beyoncé Knowles, Anthony Dent and Matthew Knowles (Beyoncé’s dad and the band’s manager) co-wrote “Survivor” for the new incarnation of Destiny’s Child, which added Michelle Williams to the Beyoncé Knowles/ Kelly Rowland pairing.

They wanted to tell the world that, whatever the band had been through, they were still around and still making music.

If you’ve ever been in one of those situations where another person takes delight in undermining you…the lyrics of “Survivor” will ring especially true…

Now that you’re out of my life, I’m so much better
You thought that I’d be weak without you, but I’m stronger
You thought that I’d be broke without you, but I’m richer
You thought that I’d be sad without you, I laugh harder

It’s at times of strife we have a choice. Do we grit our teeth and keep going, or do we accept we’ve failed and give up?

Neither answer is always right or always wrong. The choice is a deeply personal one, and not for others to judge…although they usually do…



No Words, No Song

Without words, it’s just a nice tune. Add words — now you’ve got a song. And songs can change your world. I write about some that changed mine.