The Story Behind ‘Smoke Hour’ By Beyonce and Willie Nelson

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Beyonce teamed up with country legend Willie Nelson for “Smoke Hour” and “Smoke Hour II.”

The crossover superstar released her country record, Cowboy Carter, on March 29. The record featured the tracks “Smoke Hour,” which acts as an intro, along with a second track of the same name.

The Bey Hive was gifted an impressive 27 new tracks to put on repeat. The new album features country greats including the likes of Dolly Parton, Willie Jones, Miley Cyrus, Linda Martell, among others. Prior to the album’s official release, Bey teased fans with “a few surprises on the album” by collaborating with “some brilliant artists who I deeply respect.”


Listen to “Smoke Hour” by Beyonce and Willie Nelson, below.

‘Smoke Hour’ Lyrics

People grinning in your face
That’s why I’m going to the river to wash my sins away
Maybelline, why can’t you be true?
Come on, baby, its time to rock
Don’t let go, don’t let go

[Interlude: Willie Nelson]
Welcome to the smoke hour on KNTRY radio Texas
You know my name, no need to know yours
Now for this next tune, I want y’all to sit back
Inhale, and go to the good place your mind likes to wander off to
And if you don’t wanna go
Go find yourself a jukebox
Thank you

‘Smoke Hour II’ Lyrics

[Speaking: Willie Nelson]
You’re turned into KNTRY Radio Texas, home of the real deal
And if there’s one thing you can take away from my set today, let it be this:
Sometimes you don’t know what you like until someone you trust turns you on to some real good shit
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I’m here
Up next on the smoke hour is, “JUST FOR FUN” by Beyonce
You’re welcome!

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