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Madonna, Oh Father single cover
"Oh Father"
Released October 24, 1989
Length 4:57
Writer(s) Madonna
Patrick Leonard
Producer(s) Madonna
Patrick Leonard

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"Oh Father" is the fourth single off Madonna's fourth studio album Like a Prayer.

Background

Madonna describes her difficult love-hate relationship with her father during her youth. Madonna seems to be searching for comfort in a higher being. Without her father (and Madonna’s mother passed away) to comfort her she asks God to bring peace to her father again.

Composition

The song begins with the sound of violins for about 20 seconds. After this, a drum machine, string arrangement and piano ushers on top of the violins, as Madonna sings the chorus line "You can't hurt me now, I got away from you, I never thought I would." The violins and the drum beats drop after the chorus, but come back again during the next bridge. As Madonna sings the verse "Oh father I have sinned", the violins change their pitch to a higher one. After the second chorus, there is an instrumental break where she sings about the realization that her father did not want to hurt her but she still ran away.

Music Video

Music Video Information
Madonna - Oh Father (Video)04:54

Madonna - Oh Father (Video)

Released Unknown
Length 4:54
Director David Fincher
Production Co None
Choreographer N/A
Filmed October, 1989
Location California
VEVO views 2+ Million Views

Lyrics

It's funny that way
You can get used
To the tears and the pain
What a child will believe
You never loved me

You can't hurt me now
I got away from you
I never thought I would
You can't make me cry
You once had the power
I never felt so good about myself

Seems like yesterday
I lay down next to your boots and I prayed
For your anger to end
Oh Father I have sinned

You can't hurt me now
I got away from you
I never thought I would
You can't make me cry
You once had the power
I never felt so good about myself

Oh Father
You never wanted to live that way
You never wanted to hurt me
Why am I running away

Oh Father
You never wanted to live that way
You never wanted to hurt me
Why am I running away

Maybe someday
When I look back I'll be able to say
You didn't mean to be cruel
Somebody hurt you too

You can't hurt me now
I got away from you
I never thought I would
You can't make me cry
You once had the power
I never felt so good

You can't hurt me now
I got away from you
I never thought I would
You can't make me cry
You once had the power
I never felt so good about myself

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