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Is Beyonce’s ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ Based on the ‘Franklin’ Theme Song?

Is Beyonce’s ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ Based on the ‘Franklin’ Theme Song?

Beyonce’s world keeps getting bigger with hit songs like Texas Hold ‘Em, yet controversy grows around the Franklin theme song. Keen ears have been leaning toward pointing out the similarities between the tunes. Beyonce, though, has been storming up the Billboard country charts with a No. 1 hit. It made her the first Black woman to have a country chart-topping smash hit. Meanwhile, Beyonce also has conquered the Billboard Hot 100 chart with a No. 1 song there, too.

She’s caught some flack from country music fans who don’t look at Texas Hold ‘Em and Beyonce as country material. While that’s going on, people are just keeping the flames of controversy firing on all cylinders.

We’re going to get someone with a little gravitas and experience to speak right on the main topic, though, UPROXX reports. If you don’t remember, Franklin was a big hit television show in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The main character took the form of a turtle. Guess who wrote the theme song? None other than Bruce Cockburn, the Canadian singer-songwriter. He not only penned the Franklin theme but performed it, too.

Bruce Cockburn Weighs In On Beyonce’s Song Flap

TMZ recently caught up with Cockburn and wanted to get his input on the whole controversy. His comments are quite interesting. “I think Beyoncé’s ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ is a good record,” Cockburn said. “Unfortunately, I can’t claim to have had any part in writing it. The rhythmic feel is similar to my theme song for the Franklin TV series, but to my ears, that’s where the similarity stops. ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ is her song, and I wish her success with it!”

Texas Hold ‘Em has a place on Beyonce’s Act II album. When looking for a reaction or overreaction to this song’s popularity, it might be good to turn toward radio as a source. And while country radio host Bobby Bones might not match up to some people’s musical opinions, he does have quite a following. Here’s what Bones wrote on X (formerly Twitter) back in mid-February about Texas Hold ‘Em and Beyonce.

“I know people are all up in arms on Twitter,” Bones wrote. “About what is and what isn’t country. But that Beyoncé song is legit. “Texas Hold Em” is great. We just got it serviced to us this afternoon, but I’ll play it tomorrow. Hey @Beyonce, DM me. Come on the show tomorrow. Also, I don’t play much music or program music on my show, mostly talk. but I do program a national weekend music show dedicated to female artists and I’ll be plugging it in on a couple hundred stations there.”

Not Everyone Is A Fan Of ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’

Then, in another corner of the country music world, actor-singer John Schneider offered his opinion. Schneider, according to Taste of Country, was a guest on the One America News Network. During an interview, the show’s host initially said, “The lefties in the entertainment industry just won’t leave any area alone, right? They just have to seize control over every aspect, don’t they?”

Then, Schneider replied, “They’ve got to make their mark, just like a dog in a dog walk park. You know, every dog has to mark every tree, right? So that’s what’s going on here.”

One America News Network tends to favor ultra-conservative hosts and guests on its network.

As one can tell, there are as many different opinions on Texas Hold ‘Em as there are music fans out there. Nevertheless, Beyonce has another smash hit on her hands. And she has one Queen of Country securely in her corner. Dolly Parton sent out a message on Instagram, writing, “I’m a big fan of Beyoncé and very excited that she’s done a country album. So congratulations on your Billboard Hot Country number one single. Can’t wait to hear the full album!”