Tyra Madison sings of coming to grips with the end of a tumultuous relationship in her new song, “Hostage,” premiering on Sounds Like Nashville today (2/4). In the emotional, mid-tempo tune, Madison describes wanting to exit a relationship she knows has turned sour, but her heart and feelings are still involved, and her partner isn’t making it easy for her to break away. She describes her conflicting feelings and the wish for her partner to let her heart go throughout the song, but the message is especially poignant in the chorus.
“You won’t stay, but won’t walk away, just give me a chance to forget your name / Saying ‘don’t want more,’ but I’m at your door, I don’t want to fight this war / Don’t lock up my love, baby, just let me go / Holding my heart hostage, now let me go,” she sings.
She continues this theme throughout the second verse and the rest of the song with imagery of her heart in handcuffs and her ex haunting her dreams, making it hard for her to walk away. The singer’s pleas are accompanied by a driving beat made up of guitar, drums and modern-leaning elements, along with haunting steel guitar that echoes throughout the tune.
“The song ‘Hostage’ is about the internal battle of the heart vs. the mind,” Madison tells Sounds Like Nashville. “It tells the story of knowing something or someone isn’t good for you but still not being able break away from them emotionally. In this love story gone bad, the guy is her kryptonite. When he is around and on her mind she loses her strength to leave and move on to a better place.”
“Hostage” follows a handful of previous releases from Madison, including “Ain’t That Lonely Tonight” and “Right Girl Wrong Time.” The Kentucky native, who attended Nashville’s Belmont University as a voice major, has built a large following on social media, including on TikTok, where a video of her singing “Right Girl Wrong Time” has received nearly 4 million views.