Beyoncé’s “Cuff It” Lyrics Meaning
It has been ascertained that by some analyses that “Cuff It” is a sex song, even though only one passage really – that being the third verse – is overtly erotic. However, what does become apparent by the time all is said and done is that the vocalist is addressing a romantic interest.
And what she is looking forward to more holistically is the two of them enjoying a night of romance, albeit of the raunchy variety. A night’s romance complete with booze, some wildin’ out and, as alluded to earlier, thumping sex.
Yes, to some degree this does read like one-night stand type of thing. This is because the Queen B puts forth that she “feel(s) like falling in love” on this particular night. Honestly this doesn’t particularly sound like the type of thing you would say in reference to someone you’re already in an established romance with.
But another way that statement can be interpreted is as the narrator wanting to re-fall in love with her significant other, with them enjoying let’s say an evening of carefree revelry reminiscent of the earlier days in their relationship.
So in terms of Beyoncé instructing this individual to “cuff it”, that is a pretty-ambiguous metaphor. However, it is one which, all lyrics considered, can definitely be interpreted in a sexual context. But whether she is referring to getting kinky with handcuffs or whatever is left up to the listener’s imagination. This is because in the aforementioned third verse (where that phrase is mentioned) as raunchy as the passage may be, it isn’t overly specific.
Facts about “Cuff It”
There’s a couple of old school dance classics sampled into this track:
- Chic’s “Good Times” (1979)
- Teena Marie’s “Square Biz” (1981)
The former was co-written by industry mainstay Nile Rodgers. Late 20th century songstress Teena Marie (1956-2010) penned the latter with Allen McGrier. As such Rodgers, Marie and McGrier are also acknowledged as authors of “Cuff It”.
Then, the other writers of this song are likewise its co-producers:
- Rissi Ristorp
- Nova Wav (Brittany Coney and Blu June)
The Dream and another singer who traces his heyday back to the late 20th century, Raphael Saadiq, also receive co-writing and co-production credits on “Cuff It”.
Columbia Records originally made “Cuff It” public on 29 July 2022 as part of Beyoncé’s “Renaissance”.
A couple of months thereafter, they proceeded to issue it as the LP’s second single after this particular track caught on amongst social-media circles.
“Cuff It” ended up topping the UK Official Trending Chart. The tune also gave Beyonce a top-10 hit in the United Kingdom.
FYI, other well known songs found on “Renaissance” include:
- “Alien Superstar”
- “I’m That Girl”
- “Break My Soul” (the album’s first single)
- “Church Girl”
- “Summer Renaissance”