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"4 Minutes"
Released March 17, 2008
Length 4:04
Writer(s) Madonna
Tim Mosley
Justin Timberlake
Nate Hills
Producer(s) Timbaland
Justin Timberlake
Danja

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"4 Minutes" is the lead single off Madonna's eleventh studio album Hard Candy. The song featured Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.

Background

This features Justin Timberlake, who also co-wrote the track with Madonna, Danja Hills and Timbaland. Madonna told Interview magazine about writing with Timberlake: "I really enjoy writing with Justin. We had psychoanalytic sessions whenever we wrote songs first. We'd sit down and we'd start talking about situations. And then we'd start talking about issues or problems or relationships with people. That was the only way, because you know, writing together with somebody is very intimate. That was fun, because he's open and he's got talent. He's a songwriter. I haven't worked with a lot of songwriters where I'm instantly connected and start riffing and playing with the rhythm of the words. He's as interested in the rhythm of the words as the meaning of the words."

Composition

The song is an uptempo dance-pop song, composed in an urban, hip hop style. It incorporates the effect of a marching band, a clanging beat and instrumentation from a brass that is played in a "scale-like riff", as described by Caryn Ganz from Rolling Stone. Other musical instruments used are foghorns and cow bells. The song is written in the key of G minor and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 115 beats per minute. Timbaland's bhangra beats are featured at the start and the end of the song. Madonna and Timberlake's vocal range spans two octaves, from F3 to Bb5. The song has a sequence of D–G–C–F–B♭–D in the verses and E♭5–D5–C5–D5 in the chorus, as its chord progression.

Music Video

Music Video Information
Madonna - 4 Minutes04:06

Madonna - 4 Minutes

Released March 17, 2008
Length 4:05
Director Jonas & François
Production Co None
Choreographer Jaime King
Filmed London
Location N/A
VEVO views 22+ Million Views

Lyrics

[Timbaland:]
I'm outta time and all I got is 4 minutes
(Fricki fricki)
4 minutes eh
[x8]

Ha ha
Yeah
Ha ha
Breakdown come on

[Justin Timberlake:]
Hey
Uh
Come on
Madonna

[Madonna:]
Come on boy I've been waiting for somebody to pick up my stroll

[Justin:]
Now don't waste time, give me desire, tell me how you wanna roll

[Madonna:]
I want somebody to speed it up for me then take it down slow
There's enough room for both

[Justin:]
Girl I can hit you back just gotta show me where it's at
Are you ready to go? (Are you ready to go?)

[Madonna and Justin:]
If you want it
You've already got it
If you thought it
It better be what you want

If you feel it
It must be real just
Say the word and
I'm gonna give you what you want

[Madonna:]
Time is waiting

[Justin:]
We only got four minutes to save the world

[Madonna:]
No hesitating
Grab a boy

[Justin:]
Go grab your girl

[Madonna:]
Time is waiting

[Justin:]
We only got four minutes to save the world

[Madonna:]
No hesitating

[Justin:]
We only got four minutes huh four minutes
So keep it up keep it up
Don't be a prima donna

[Madonna:]
You gotta get em a heart
Tick tock tick tock tick tock

[Justin:]
That's right keep it up keep it up
Don't be a prima donna

[Madonna:]
You gotta get em a heart
Tick tock tick tock tick tock
Sometimes I think what I need is a you intervention

Yeah

[Justin:]
And I know I can tell that you like it and that it's good
By the way that you move
Oh hey

[Madonna:]
The road to hell is paved with good intentions
Yeah

[Justin:]
But if I die tonight at least I can say I did what I wanted to do
Tell me how 'bout you?

[Madonna and Justin:]
If you want it
You've already got it
If you thought it
It better be what you want

If you feel it
It must be real just
Say the word and
I'm gonna give you what you want

[Madonna:]
Time is waiting

[Justin:]
We only got four minutes to save the world

[Madonna:]
No hesitating
Grab a boy

[Justin:]
Go grab your girl

[Madonna:]
Time is waiting

[Justin:]
We only got four minutes to save the world

[Madonna:]
No hesitating

[Justin:]
We only got four minutes huh four minutes
So keep it up keep it up
Don't be a prima donna

[Madonna:]
You gotta get em a heart
Tick tock tick tock tick tock

[Justin:]
That's right keep it up keep it up
Don't be a prima donna

[Madonna:]
You gotta get em a heart
Tick tock tick tock tick tock

[Timbaland:]
Breakdown
Yeah

[Madonna:]
Tick tock tick tock tick tock

[Timbaland:]
Yeah uh

[Madonna:]
Tick tock tick tock tick tock

[Timbaland:]
I've only got four minutes to save the world


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