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KeepItTogether1989
"Keep It Together"
Released January 30, 1990
Length 5:03
Writer(s) Madonna
Steve Bray
Producer(s) Madonna
Steve Bray

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Oh Father
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Spanish Eyes

"Keep It Together" is the sixth and final single off Madonna's fourth studio album Like a Prayer.

Background

Madonna wrote this song after her divorce with Sean Penn. She stresses the importance of family.

Composition

The song starts as the sound of slap bass plays along with sequenced synth bass, as Madonna sings the opening lines, "Keep, keep it together, keep people together forever and ever". As the first verse starts, a guitar comes into play with Madonna's voice being backed by percussion and banjo. After the second chorus comes near the end, Madonna utters the line "Brothers and sisters, They hold the key, To your heart and your soul, Don't forget that your family is gold", the percussion sound is thinned out and a mixture of the sound from a live drummer and conga comes into the picture.

Lyrics

Keep, keep it together
Forever keep people together
Keep, keep it together
Forever keep people together
Keep, keep it together
Forever keep people together
Keep, keep it together
Forever keep people together

I got brothers
I got some sisters too
Stuck in the middle
Tell you what I'm gonna do
Gonna get out of here
I'm gonna leave this place
So I can forget
Every single hungry face
I'm tired of sharing all the hand me downs
To get attention
I must always be the clown
I wanna be different
I wanna be on my own
But Daddy said listen
You will always have a home

Keep it together in the family
They're a reminder of your history
Brothers and sisters, they hold the key
To your heart and your soul
Don't forget that your family is gold

I hit the big time
But I still get the blues
Everyone's a stranger
City life can get to you
People can be so cold
Never want to turn your back
Just givin' to get something
Always wanting something back
When I get lonely and I need to be
Loved for who I am not what they want to see
Brothers and sisters
They've always been there for me
We have a connection
Home is where the heart should be

Keep it together in the family
They're a reminder of your history
Brothers and sisters, they hold the key
To your heart and your soul
Don't forget that your family is gold

When I look back on all the misery
And all the heartache that they brought to me
I wouldn't change it for another chance
'Cause blood is thicker than any other circumstance

Keep, keep it together
Forever keep people together
Keep, keep it together
Forever keep people together

When I get lonely and I need to be
Loved for who I am not what they want to see
Brothers and sisters
They've always been there for me
We have a connection
Home is where the heart should be

When I look back on all the misery
And all the heartache that they brought to me
I wouldn't change it for another chance
'Cause blood is thicker than any circumstance

Keep it together in the family
They're a reminder of your history
Brothers and sisters, they hold the key
To your heart and your soul
Don't forget that your family is gold

Keep, keep it together
Keep people together forever and ever
Keep, keep it together
Keep people together forever and ever
(repeat & fade)

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