“Beach Chair” is the final song of Jay-Z’s 2006 post-retirement album Kingdom Come.
Jay spoke on the beginnings of the track in Decoded:
I was on vacation when I started writing “Beach Chair”. This was after my semi-retirement and I was really trying to sit back for the first time and get off the grind for a minute. I wanted to write a song that matched my mood, a song about the good life. But almost immediately, the song went left. It begins with the line “Life is but a dream to me” but turns into a meditation on ambition and the laws of the universe, on questions I can still only ask but not fully answer. It’s a song I regard as one of the hidden jewels in my catalog. Some people love the song, but others find it confusing and out of character. I tried to get deep inside the conflicted mind of the hustler.
The often repeated line “Life is But a Dream” would also become the title of Beyoncé’s auto-documentary released on HBO in 2013.