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"Devil Wouldn't Recognize You"
Length 5:09
Writer(s) Madonna
Tim Mosley
Justin Timberlake
Nate Hills
Joe Henry
Producer(s) Timbaland
Justin Timberlake
Danja

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"Devil Wouldn't Recognize You" is a song off Madonna's eleventh studio album Hard Candy.

Background

Madonna said that this, was her favorite song on Hard Candy. She explained to Q magazine in May 2008: "'Devil Wouldn't Recognize You,' I just love lyrically. I like the subject matter. The idea that you're so clever even the Devil wouldn't recognize you." This is a reworked outtake from Madonna's previous album, Confessions On A Dance Floor. It was co-written by Justin Timberlake in the first chunk of time he had with Madonna.

Composition

The song has a sense of mystery and starts off softly and slowly with a piano introduction. It then becomes fast and melancholy.

Lyrics

As quiet as it is tonight
You'd almost think you were safe
Your eyes are full of surprises
They cannot predict my fate

Waiting underneath the stars
There's something you should know
The angels they surround my heart
Telling me to let you go

I barely couldn't, I barely couldn't recognize
But I played right into it, who am I to criticize?
Somehow I'll get through it and you won't even realize
Falling through your own disguise

It's like over and over
You're pushing me right down to the floor
I should just walk away
Over and over, I keep on coming back for more
I play into your fantasy

Now that it's over
You can lie to me right through your smile
I see behind your eyes
Now I'm sober, no more intoxicating my mind

Even the devil wouldn't recognize you, but I do
Even the devil wouldn't recognize you, but I do
Even the devil wouldn't recognize you, but I do
Even the devil wouldn't recognize you, but I do, I do, I do

You almost fooled yourself this time
Let all the saints be praised
You hide your sadness behind your smile
And you keep your lost heartbreaks

The steps that edge along the ledge
It's much higher than it seems
But I've been on that ledge before
You can't hide yourself from me

I barely couldn't, I barely couldn't recognize
I still played right into it, who am I to criticize?

Somehow I'll get through it and you won't even realize
Falling through your own disguise

It's like over and over
You're pushing me right down to the floor
I should just walk away
Over and over, I keep on coming back for more
I play into your fantasy

And now that it's over
You can lie to me right through your smile
I see behind your eyes
Now I'm sober, no more intoxicating my mind

Even the devil wouldn't recognize you, but I do
Even the devil wouldn't recognize you, but I do
Even the devil wouldn't recognize you, but I do
Even the devil wouldn't recognize you, but I do, I do, I do

It's like over and over
You're pushing me right down to the floor
I should just walk away
Over and over, I keep on coming back for more
I play into your fantasy

And now that it's over
You can lie to me right through your smile
I see behind your eyes
Now I'm sober, no more intoxicating my mind

Even the devil wouldn't recognize you, you, you, you
The devil wouldn't recognize you but, you but, you but
The devil wouldn't recognize you but, you but, you-you
Even the devil wouldn't recognize you, but I do, I-I, I do

You, you, you, you
The devil wouldn't recognize you, you you, y-y-you, but I do
You, you, even the devil wouldn't recognize you, y-y-you
I-I-I do


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