Giddy Up!

Album: Queen of Me (2023)
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Songfacts®:

  • Here, Shania Twain is feeling good and ready to savor every moment with a "giddy up" in her step. After leaving her heart at a dive bar in Ohio, she sets off on a cross-country journey.
  • The life-affirming anthem is the opening track of Shania Twain's Queen Of Me album. She wanted to create a joyful atmosphere and get the listeners ready for some fun. Twain compared the song's celebratory tone to the iconic first line of her 1997 hit "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!."

    "The saying 'Let's go, girls!' is such a wonderfully uplifting sentiment now, but it's just something I said during the recording in the studio and I guess that's the same for 'Giddy Up!' These lines come to me when I'm thinking about how to put a little pep in my step," she said. "I want people to feel good when they hear the new album."
  • Shania Twain co-wrote "Giddy Up!" with Sam Romans, David Stewart and Jessica Agombar.

    Sam Romans is an English singer-songwriter whose other credits include Clean Bandit's "Tears," Jonas Blue's "Rise," Ed Sheeran's "The Joker And The Queen," and Elley Duhe's "Middle Of The Night."

    The London-based pair of David Stewart and Jessica Agombar also co-wrote Queen Of Me's lead single "Waking Up Dreaming." Other songs on their resumé include Jonas Brothers' "What A Man Gotta Do," Hailee Steinfeld's "I Love You's," and BTS' "Dynamite."
  • David Stewart produced the track and played most of the instruments (keyboards, synthesizer, synth bass, drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bass). The other musicians are:

    Trombone: Tom White
    Saxophone: Snake Davis
    Trumpet: John "Johnny" Thirkell and Tom Walsh
  • It is likely that the expression "giddy up" originated as a shortened form of the phrase "get ye up," which was used to encourage a horse to stand up after lying down. Over time, the phrase came to be used more generally to encourage a horse to move forward, and it is now used to urge a horse on while riding or driving. The expression is also used to encourage or motivate someone or something to get moving or to hurry up.

    Other songs that have incorporated the phrase "giddy up" in the lyrics include:

    1957 "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms ("Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet. Jingle around the clock").

    1964 "My Boy Lollipop" by Millie Small ("You make my heart go giddy up. You are as sweet as candy")

    2010 "Giddy On Up" by Laura Bell Bundy ("Ooh you won't string me along. You better be moving on. Giddy on up. Giddy on out")

    2018 "High Horse" by Kacey Musgraves ("So, why don't you giddy up, giddy up. And ride straight out of this town. You and your high horse, mmh")

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