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Texas Hold'em


by Beyonce

 

Song Facts:

  • Label: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia
  • Release Date: February 11th, 2024
  • Album: Renaissance Act II
  • Producers: Beyoncé, Killah B, & Nathan Ferraro
  • Songwriters: Beyoncé, Elizabeth Lowell Boland, Raphael Sajsonack, Nathan Ferraro, Meegs Music Ltd, Megan No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. No. 4 on the Global 200 chart. No. 34 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.

Background:

"TEXAS HOLD 'EM": Beyoncé's next country music project is big, having had its major advertising push from a Super Bowl commercial and adding another catchy cut to her debut country album, Renaissance Act II. The song, one of two new singles released from the album, set off a firestorm over Country Radio qualification in the genre and epitomized larger discussion: the inclusion of country music. That provoked a argument in light of a very different reaction to Post Malone's turn towards country music, ultimately underscored by the cultural complexity in which it's created.

Sound:

"Texas Hold 'em" mashes country twangs with all the trademarks of Beyoncé style. It kicks off with a foot-stomping banjo riff—all in tradition when calling up an atmosphere of country flair—then busts into a kind of rhythm that seems to demand line-dance lovin' bar patrons. Beyoncé's vocal helped further the celebratory feel with spirited chorus additions of "Ho" and "Hey" chants, while the song country-fried itself with more R&B touches—most prominently towards the outro.

Meaning:

The song dances on the metaphor of a poker game—Texas Hold'em in this case—capturing themes of transparency and vulnerability in a relationship. She pleaded with the partner to lay his cards down on the table—figuratively and literally, asking that if they were to have any shot at all, their relationship was naked—insisting that honesty was their only possibility. The references—from Lexus cars to cowboy clothes—all depict the story in a very Texas, vividly painted setting. The song "TEXAS HOLD 'EM" tells of a love relationship against a spirited dance, conjuring visions of the hardy celebration dance bursting forth in communal jubilation against all odds. "Hoops," "spurs," "boots," and "bring it to the floor" are the very combination of old and new prompting participation in collective dance as an expression of togetherness and bonding. Beyoncé refers to the phenomena of climate "tornadoes" and "heatwaves" to metaphorically show the thematic ideas of restlessness and scorching passion reigning within a relationship cut across by the song. Above all, "TEXAS HOLD 'EM" adds to a shining genre blender and another fact that cannot be denied: Beyoncé is as versatile a singer as she is, and she does succeed in the emotional narrative of intricate, complicated story-telling through the rich tapestry of country music. But the most important thing: the song definitely completely eliminates all genre boundaries and celebrates all that stands for country music in the modern world, appealing to the listener to belong to common experience made from music, dance, and emotional expression.

Texas Hold'em Song Text

Texas Hold'em by Beyonce


This ain't Texas (Woo), ain't no hold 'em (Hey)
So lay your cards down, down, down, down
So park your Lexus (Woo) and throw your keys up (Hey)
Stick around, 'round, 'round, 'round, 'round (Stick around)
And I'll be damned if I can't slow dance with you
Come pour some sugar on me, honey too
It's a real life boogie and a real life hoedown
Don't be a b**ch, come take it to the floor now (Woo, ha, woo)

There's a tornado (There's a tornado) in my city (In my city)
In the basement (In the basement), that sh*t ain't pretty (sh*t ain't pretty)
Rugged whiskey (Rugged whiskey) 'cause we survivin' ('Cause we survivin')
Off red cup kisses, sweet redemption, passin' time, yeah

Ooh, one step to the right
We headin' to the dive bar we always thought was nice
Ooh, run me to the left
Then spin me in the middle, boy, I can't read your mind

This ain't Texas (Woo), ain't no hold 'em (Hey)
So lay your cards down, down, down, down
So park your Lexus (Woo) and throw your keys up (Hey)
Stick around, 'round, 'round, 'round, 'round (Stick around)
And I'll be damned if I can't slow dance with you
Come and pour some sugar on me, honey too
It's a real life boogie and a real life hoedown
Don't be a b**ch, come take it to the floor now (Woo)

And I'll be damned if I cannot dance with you
Come and pour some liquor on me, honey too
It's a real life boogie and a real life hoedown
Don't be a b**ch, come take it to the floor now (Woo)

Woo-hoo
Woo-hoo
Woo-hoo

There's a heatwave (There's a heatwave) coming at us (Coming at us)
Too hot to think straight (Too hot to think straight), too cold to panic (Too cold to panic)
All of the problems just feel dramatic (Just feel dramatic)
And now we're runnin' to the first spot that we find, yeah

Ooh, one step to the right
We headin' to the dive bar we always thought was nice
Ooh, you run to the left
Just with me in the middle boy, I can't read your mind

This ain't Texas (Woo), ain't no hold 'em (Hey)
So lay your cards down, down, down, down (Oh)
So park your Lexus (Hey) and throw your keys up (Hey)
Stick around,' round, 'round, 'round, 'round (Stick around)
And I'll be damned if I cannot slow dance with you
Come pour some sugar on me, honey, too
It's a real life boogie and a real life hoedown
Don't be a b**ch, come take it to the floor now (Woo)

And I'll be damned if I cannot dance with you
Come pour some liquor on me honey, too
It's a real life boogie and a real life hoedown
Don't be a - come take it to the floor now, ooh

Take it to the floor now, ooh
Hoops, spurs, boots
To the floor now, ooh
Tuck, back, oops (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Shoot
Come take it to the floor now, ooh
And I'll be damned if I cannot dance with you
Baby, pour that sugar and liquor on me too
Furs, spurs, boots
Solargenic, photogenic, shoot



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