Daily Archives: May 11, 2014

Radio XXXV, side B, track 4: “Express Yourself” by Madonna

Madonna - Express YourselfOh, Madonna, I’m really glad that I didn’t really come to appreciate you until this song was a hit on the radio.  I’m really glad that I wasn’t a gigantic Madonna fan up until this point in your career.  Because I would have been all kinds of confused.  This song is kinda the antithesis of most of your songs that came before it.  The woman who was singing “Like A Virgin” and “Papa Don’t Preach” and, most importantly, “Material Girl”, was suddenly trying to teach the girls about self-respect.  Oh, I get that you were always an independent lady, Madonna, and I get that your sexuality was and is always going to be part of your schtick, but until “Express Yourself”, you seemed pretty content to sell yourself as a boy toy who liked shiny pretty things.  And suddenly here you are sounding almost Jesus-y with your admonitions of forsaking worldly goods in exchange for self-respect and dignity.

This is why guys get confused, Madonna.  We’re seeing all these girls digging “Material Girl”, and we’re like “I KNEW they liked fancy gifts”, but by the time we show up at their door with diamond rings and long-stemmed roses, they’ve had “Express Yourself” on repeat for awhile, and they’re all like “These silly baubles are just fleeting fancies, you silly boy!  If you really love me, you must express yourself!”

Goddammit, Madonna, how the hell are we supposed to keep up?!?!  And are you SURE you won’t just go with the satin sheets?  I’d much rather buy those than have to express my feelings.  No?  I didn’t think so.

Goddammit, Madonna. . .

“Express Yourself”

Woo!

Woo!
Come on, girls

Do you believe in love?

‘Cause I got somethin’ to say about it
And it goes somethin’ like this

Don’t go for second best, baby
Putcha love
To the test
You know, you know, you’ve got to

Make him express how he feels
And baby then you’ll know your looove is reeeal

You
Don’t need
Diamond rings or
Eighteen karat gooold

Fancy cars that go very fast
You know
They never last, no, noooo

Whatcha need is a big strong hand to
Lift ya to ya higher groooound

Make ya feel like a queen on a throne
Make him love ya ’til ya can’t come down
(You’ll never come down)

Don’t go for second best, baby
Putcha love
To the test
You know, you know, you’ve got to

Make him express how he feels
And baby then you’ll know your looove is reeeal

Long stem roses are the way to ya heart
But
He needs ta start
With your heeeead

Satin sheets
Are
Very romantic
What happens when you’re
Not in beeeed

You deserve the best in life
So if the time isn’t right then move ooon

Second best is never enough
You’ll do much better, baby, on your own
(Baby, on your own)

Don’t go for second best, baby
Putcha love
To the test
You know, you know, you’ve got to

Make him express how he feels
And baby then you’ll know your looove is reeeal

Express yourself
You’ve got to make him
Express himself
Hey, hey, hey, heeeeey

So if you want it right now
Make him show you how

Express what he’s got
Oh, baby, ready or not

<awesome Madonna jam>

And when you’re gone he might regret it

Think about the love he once
Had
Try to carry on
But he just won’t get it

He’ll be back on his knees to express himself
You’ve got to make him
Express himself
Hey heeeey

<awesome Madonna jam>

Whatcha need is a big strong hand to
Lift ya to ya higher grooound

Make ya feel like a queen on a throne
Make him love ya ’til ya can’t come down
(You’ll never come down)

And when you’re gone he might regret it

Think about the love he once
Had
Try to carry on
But he just won’t get it

He’ll be back on his knees, so please

Don’t go for second best, baby
Putcha love
To the test
You know, you know, you’ve got to

Make him express how he feels
And baby then you’ll know your looove is reeeal

Express yourself
You’ve got to make him
Express himself
Hey, hey, hey, heeeey
So if you want it right now
Make him show you how

Express what he’s got
Oh, baby, ready or not
Express yourself
You’ve got to make him
Express himself
Hey, heeeey

So if you want it right now

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