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Don't Cry for Me Argentina Madonna
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
Released February 4, 1997
Length 5:34
Writer(s) Tim Rice
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Producer(s) Nigel Wright
Alan Parker
Andrew Lloyd Webber
David Caddick

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A New Argentina
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On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada (Part 2)

"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" is the second single off Madonna's third soundtrack album Evita for the movie Evita.

Background

From the moment she was signed in the film, Madonna had expressed interest in recording a dance version of "Don't Cry For Me Argentina". According to her publicist Liz Rosenberg, "since she didn't write the music and lyrics, she wanted her signature on that song... I think on her mind, the best way to do it was go in the studio and work up a remix". For this, in August 1996, while still mixing the film's soundtrack, Madonna hired remixers Pablo Flores and Javier Garza. According to Flores, the singer wanted something that "would be dance but faithful to the movie and to Argentina with a latin feel". Madonna herself said she wanted the remix to have a "Latin flavor and elements of Tango music". The mix was completed in two weeks at Miami and Los Angeles. Madonna had to re-record the vocals of the track in English and Spanish, while an Argentinean bandoneon was added to the song's intro. Warner Bros wanted to create buzz for the film with the song, not the single remix. There were also talks of releasing an Evita EP, containing remixed versions of "Buenos Aires", "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and "Another Suitcase in Another Hall", but plans fell through.

Composition

Madonna's version of the song is set in common time, with a slow groove tempo of 90 beats per minute. Madonna's vocals on the song span from G3 to C5.[65] The song follows a basic sequence of C–F♭–C when Madonna sings "It won't be easy, you'll think it strange", and changes to G7–C on the second verse.

Lyrics

It won't be easy
You'll think it's strange
When I try to explain how I feel
That I still need your love after all that I've done

You won't believe me
All you will see is a girl you once knew
Although she's dressed up to the nines
At sixes and sevens with you

I had to let it happen
I had to change
Couldn't stay all my life down at hill
Looking out of the window
Staying out of the sun

So I chose freedom
Running around, trying everything new
But nothing impressed me at all
I never expected it to

Don't cry for me Argentina
The truth is I never left you
All through my wild days
My mad existence
I kept my promise
Don't keep your distance

And as for fortune
And as for fame
I never invited them in
Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired

They are illusions
They're not the solutions they promise to be
The answer was here all the time
I love you and hope you love me

Don't cry for me Argentina

Don't cry for me Argentina
The truth is I never left you
All through my wild days
My mad existence
I kept my promise
Don't keep your distance

Have I said too much?
There's nothing more I can think of to say to you
But all you have to do is look at me to know
That every word is true


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