Like a Prayer

Madonna

About Like a Prayer

"Like a Prayer" is a song recorded by American singer Madonna for her fourth studio album of the same name. Sire Records released it as the album's lead single on March 3, 1989. Written and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard, the track heralded an artistic and personal approach to songwriting for Madonna, who believed that she needed to cater more to her adult audience. Thematically the song speaks about a passionate young girl in love with God, who becomes the only male figure in her life. "Like a Prayer" is a pop rock song and incorporates gospel music. It features background vocals from a choir and also a rock guitar. The lyrics contain liturgical words, but they have dual meanings of sexual innuendo and religion. "Like a Prayer" was acclaimed by critics, and was also a commercial success. It was Madonna's seventh number-one single on the United States' Billboard Hot 100, and topped the singles charts in many other countries, including Australia, Canada, Spain, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Rolling Stone listed "Like a Prayer" among The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 


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1989
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Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone
I hear you call my name
And it feels like home

When you call my name it's like a little prayer
I'm down on my knees, I wanna take you there
In the midnight hour I can feel your power
Just like a prayer you know I'll take you there

I hear your voice, it's like an angel sighing
I have no choice, I hear your voice
Feels like flying
I close my eyes, Oh God I think I'm falling
Out of the sky, I close my eyes
Heaven help me

When you call my name it's like a little prayer
I'm down on my knees, I wanna take you there
In the midnight hour I can feel your power
Just like a prayer you know I'll take you there

Like a child you whisper softly to me
You're in control just like a child
Now I'm dancing
It's like a dream, no end and no beginning
You're here with me, it's like a dream
Let the choir sing

When you call my name it's like a little prayer
I'm down on my knees, I wanna take you there
In the midnight hour I can feel your power
Just like a prayer you know I'll take you there

When you call my name it's like a little prayer
I'm down on my knees, I wanna take you there
In the midnight hour I can feel a power
Just like a prayer you know I'll take you there

Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone
I hear you call my name
And it feels like home

Just like a prayer, your voice can take me there
Just like a muse to me, you are a mystery
Just like a dream, you are not what you seem
Just like a prayer, no choice your voice can take me there

Just like a prayer, I'll take you there
It's like a dream to me
Just like a prayer, I'll take you there
It's like a dream to me
Just like a prayer, I'll take you there
It's like a dream to me
Just like a prayer, I'll take you there
It's like a dream to me

Just like a prayer, your voice can take me there
Just like a muse to me, you are a mystery
Just like a dream, you are not what you seem
Just like a prayer, no choice your voice can take me there

Just like a prayer, your voice can take me there
Just like a muse to me, you are a mystery
Just like a dream, you are not what you seem
Just like a prayer, no choice your voice can take me there
Your voice can take me there, just like a prayer

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Madonna

Madonna (born Madonna Louise Ciccone /tʃɪˈkoʊneɪ/ chi-KOH-nay; August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, director, dancer and entrepreneur. She has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. Considered to be one of the "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century" by Time for being an influential figure in contemporary music, she is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. Critics have praised her diverse musical productions which have also been known to induce controversy. more »

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Written by: Patrick Leonard, Madonna Ciccone

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Release Information
"Like a Prayer," a song by American singer Madonna from her 1989 studio album of the same name, was released by Sire Records as the album's lead single on March 3, 1989.
Music Genre
The song is a fusion of pop, gospel, and rock music, representing Madonna's departure from her earlier synthesizer-heavy music style.
Song Content
The lyrics contain liturgical language, but they also have dual meanings about sexual passion and devotion.
Chart Performance
"Like a Prayer" topped the charts in numerous countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, and several European countries.
Critical Reception
It was widely received with positive reviews and is often cited as one of the greatest pop songs of all time.
Music Video Controversy
Madonna's music video for "Like a Prayer" caused significant controversy due to its religious and racially charged imagery. It featured burning crosses, stigmata, and Madonna kissing a black saint.
Impact on Pop Culture
The controversy garnered global media attention and sparked discussions about artistic freedom, racism, and religious themes in pop music.
Commercial Success
Despite the controversy surrounding it, the song has become one of Madonna's signature hits. As of 2020, it has sold over five million copies worldwide.
Awards and Accolades
"Like a Prayer" won the Viewer's Choice award at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards and was also nominated for Video of the Year.
Cultural Icon
Rolling Stone magazine listed "Like a Prayer" among “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” and Vanity Fair named it the greatest music video of all time.
Compact disc Innovation
"Like a Prayer" was the first single to be commercially released in compact disc format, marking a significant milestone in the music industry.
Use in Advertisements
The song and its accompanying video were initially used as part of a $5 million advertising campaign for Pepsi, but the campaign was canceled in response to the controversy stirred by the video. Madonna, however, was allowed to retain her endorsement fee.
Live Performances
"Like a Prayer" has been performed by Madonna during most of her concert tours and often serves as the closing song.
Cover Versions
Various artists, from pop singers to rock bands, have covered "Like a Prayer." These include We Are the Fallen, Mad'House, and Marc Goone, among others.

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