Elle King Exposes The New Meaning Of ‘Tulsa’ In Latest Release

Elle King is once again proving that she’s speaking nothing but the truth and showing her most authentic, fun-loving self…

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Madeleine O'Connell

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January 8, 2023

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Elle King is once again proving that she’s speaking nothing but the truth and showing her most authentic, fun-loving self in her forthcoming album, Come Get Your Wife. With her newest song, she has created a whole new meaning for “Tulsa,” which appears to perfectly align with the rest of the tracks off her next project.

The female powerhouse took to social media on Friday (Jan. 6), to give fans a clear hint about the song, if they didn’t already guess the backwards message from the straight-forward lyrics. 

She wrote, “#Tulsa is a song about that one girl we all know… if you spell it back to front you gonna know what I mean. 😉”

As King sings about a man, who she refers to as a “good-for-nothin’ mothertruckin’ son of a gun,” she not-so-calmly explains how he left her and made his way back to Tulsa. In this case, she’s not referring to Tulsa, OK, but instead, she’s using “Tulsa” spelled backward to describe the other woman. 

“Tulsa is a song about doing someone wrong,” King explained of the tune. “This is not about tearing women down but it’s about putting the blame on the wrongdoer. If a man is cheating on you, it’s not her fault because there are a million other girls he would do it with. And he’ll just cheat on her too. It’s a song about uniting and not taking shit from this real P.O.S.”

“He went back to Tulsa / Put some miles on that adios Tacoma / And I ain’t talkin’ Oklahoma / ‘Cause it ain’t what you think / But if you spell it back-to-front, you gonna know what I mean,” she sings in the chorus.

Written by King along with Ella Langley, Bobby Hamrick and Matt McKinney, “Tulsa” features background vocals by Ashley McBryde and John Osborne on guitar. Together, they have created a rowdy track that exposes King’s artistic songwriting abilities and the core of her dexterous vocality. 

“We wrote the song in less than an hour and it’s so raucous and fun,” she continued. “We’ve been playing it on the road and it’s the third song in our show now. It’s fun for us and the crowd!”

The “Ex’s & Oh’s” singer wrote eight of the 12 songs and co-produced the album with Ross Copperman. Fans have already gotten a glimpse of the entire 12-track album, which is set to drop on January 27.  “Tulsa” joins King’s current single, “Worth A Shot” with Dierks Bentley as well as her previously released fan-favorite, “Drunk (And I Don’t Want To Go Home)” with Miranda Lambert, “Out Yonder,” and “Try Jesus.” 

King recently served as a co-host and a performer at New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, which was broadcast on CBS. This appearance follows a string of shows that King was forced to cancel due to a head injury she sustained at home.

Elle King; Come Get Your Wife Artwork - Photo by Matthew Berinato
Elle King; Come Get Your Wife Artwork – Photo by Matthew Berinato

“Hey guys, Just wanted to check in with a quick update and apologize to my fans in Tampa, Detroit, and Seattle,” King wrote in a statement on social media. ”I share your disappointment that I had to cancel my radio shows this week. No one ever wants to pull out of shows, especially me. I live for performing.”

She continued to explain that her injury happened in the middle of the night while preparing a bottle to feed her son, Lucky Levi. 

“I slipped down the stairs making a bottle in the middle of the night, knocked my ass out, resulting in a concussion,” King added. “I tried to push and played 3 shows, but the travel, lights, all of it only exacerbated things.”

Luckily, King seems to be on the mend and getting ready to return to the stage with the new music on her 2023 headlining Elle King A-FREAKIN-MEN Tour Presented by Slow & LowThe nearly 30-city tour featuring support from the Red Clay Strays will kick off on February 14 in New Orleans, LA, and conclude on March 25 in Bossier City, LA. 

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