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Beyoncé’s ‘Jolene’ May Have A Hidden Message To Jay-Z & Kids

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Since its March 29 release, Beyoncé‘s eighth solo studio album titled ‘Country Carter’ has broken records and dominated the charts. One song specifically has gained a lot of attention — of course, we are talking about her cover of Dolly Parton‘s iconic ‘Jolene’.

While the song has dominated conversations regarding how well she covered it, some have failed to listen to the lyrics and notice a small tribute to her husband, Jay-Z, and their children.

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Beyoncé Releases ‘Country Carter’

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Ahead of ‘Country Carter”s release, the former Destiny’s Child member took to social media to express how much this album means to her. “I feel honored to be the first Black woman with the number one single on the Hot Country Songs chart,” she said, referring to her first country hit, ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’.

“That would not have happened without the outpouring of support from each and every one of you. My hope is that years from now, the mention of an artist’s race, as it relates to releasing genres of music, will be irrelevant,” Beyoncé added.

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Does Beyoncé’s ‘Jolene’ Pay Tribute To Jay-Z & Kids?

Beyoncé’s Cover Of 'Jolene' Has A Tribute To Family That Fans May Have Missed
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Listen closely and you’ll notice a lyrics chance — one that seemingly references her family.

“We been deep in love for twenty years / I raised that man, I raised his kids / I know my man better than he knows himself.”

While she doesn’t mention them by name, it seems this is a hidden message to her relationship with Jay-Z and their children, daughters Blue Ivy and Rumi, and son Sir.

This isn’t the only song that appears to have a tribute to her family.

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Is ‘Protector’ Influenced By Her Daughter?

Beyoncé’s Cover Of 'Jolene' Has A Tribute To Family That Fans May Have Missed
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On her eighth studio album, Beyoncé has a song titled ‘Protector’ — a track that features her daughter, Rumi. At the beginning of the song, listeners may recognize Rumi’s voice as a child is heard asking, “Mom, can I hear the lullaby please?”

Beyoncé then begins to sing about being a mom to her three kids with the lyrics:

“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 / Even though I know someday you’re going to shine on your own / I will be your protector, yeah.”

Her family is something that is extremely important to the artist. Before dropping her country album, she thanked her children for “allowing (her) the space, creativity, and inspiration.”

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She also thanked her husband, Jay Z, “who held (her) down during those late nights in the studio.

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‘Country Carter’ Was 5 Years In The Making

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Many were shocked when the ‘Single Ladies’ singer announced she would be going country, but she says it’s been something on her mind for years.

“This album has been over five years in the making,” she admitted. “It was born out of an experience that I had years ago where I did not feel welcomed…and it was very clear that I wasn’t. But, because of that experience, I did a deeper dive into the history of Country music and studied our rich musical archive.”

Adding, “It feels good to see how music can unite so many people around the world, while also amplifying the voices of some of the people who have dedicated so much of their lives educating on our musical history.”

Dolly Parton Breaks Silence On ‘Jolene’ Cover

Beyoncé’s Cover Of 'Jolene' Has A Tribute To Family That Fans May Have Missed
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Ahead of the release of ‘Country Carter’, Parton shared how “killer” it would be to have Beyoncé cover her song.

“I think she’s fantastic and beautiful and I love her music.” Parton said of the ‘Single Ladies’ singer. “I would just love to hear ‘Jolene’ done in just a big way, kind of like how Whitney (Houston) did my ‘I Will Always Love You.’ Someone that could take my little songs and make ’em like powerhouses. That would be a marvelous day in my life if she ever does ‘Jolene’.”

After the album dropped, fans couldn’t wait to hear from the iconic Dolly Parton, as they were anxious to see how she felt about Beyoncé’s rendition of ‘Jolene’. After she listened to Beyoncé’s version, the country queen took to social media to give Queen B her stamp of approval.

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“Wow, I just heard Jolene. Beyoncé is giving that girl some trouble, and she deserves it,” Parton wrote in an Instagram post.

‘Country Carter’ is out now.

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