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Madonna, Express Yourself single cover
"Express Yourself
Released May 9, 1989
Length 4:39
Writer(s) Madonna
Stephen Bray
Producer(s) Madonna
Stephen Bray

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Love Song

"Express Yourself" is the second single off Madonna's fourth studio album Like a Prayer.

Background

The song was written and produced by Stephen Bray and Madonna. Bray originally met Madonna during her pre-stardom when she attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to study dance. The pair went to New York together and became part of the band The Breakfast Club. Madonna soon left but Bray continued as their drummer and in 1987 they had a hit with "Right On Track." When Madonna obtained her recording contract with Sire Records, she continued collaborating with Bray and they wrote some of the Material Girl's biggest hits of the 1980s including "Into the Groove" and "True Blue."

Composition

The song begins with the sound of brass tinkling along, as Madonna chimes the opening line. Handclaps and drum beats start as Madonna moves into the chorus of the song, with a thick vocal texture and high-pitched background singing. The chorus is aided by instrumentation from a saxophone and percussion.

Music Video

Music Video Information
Madonna - Express Yourself05:02

Madonna - Express Yourself

Released May 17, 1989
Length 5:02
Director David Fincher
Production Co Gregg Fienberg
Choreographer N/A
Filmed N/A
Location N/A
VEVO views 7+ Millon Views

Lyrics

Come on girls
Do you believe in love?
'Cause I got something to say about it
And it goes something like this

Don't go for second best baby
Put your love to the test
You know, you know, you've got to
Make him express how he feels
And maybe then you'll know your love is real

You don't need diamond rings
Or eighteen karat gold
Fancy cars that go very fast
You know they never last, no, no

What you need is a big strong hand
To lift you to your higher ground
Make you feel like a queen on a throne
Make him love you till you can't come down

Don't go for second best baby
Put your love to the test
You know, you know, you've got to
Make him express how he feels
And maybe then you'll know your love is real

Long stem roses are the way to your heart
But he needs to start with your head
Satin sheets are very romantic
What happens when you're not in bed

You deserve the best in life
So if the time isn't right then move on
Second best is never enough
You'll do much better baby on your own

Don't go for second best baby
Put your love to the test
You know, you know, you've got to
Make him express how he feels
And maybe then you'll know your love is real

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

So if you want it right now
Make him show you how
Express what he's got
Oh, baby ready or not

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, hey

Don't go for second best baby
Put your love to the test
You know, you know, you've got to
Make him express how he feels
And maybe then you'll know your love is real

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

So if you want it right now
Make him show you how
Express what he's got
Baby ready or not

Express yourself
Respect yourself
Hey, hey

(So if you want it right now)
(Then make him show you how)
Express what he's got
Oh, baby ready or not

Express yourself


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