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Promise to Try (song)

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Like A Prayer
"Promise to Try"
Length 3:36
Writer(s) Madonna
Patrick Leonard
Producer(s) Madonna
Patrick Leonard

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"Promise to Try" is a song off Madonna's fourth studio album Like a Prayer.

Background

In Promise To Try Madonna tries to deal with her mother's death. She worries that “little girl” won’t see the genuine pain she feels when holding on to herself through the negative side of celebrity status, and hopes her lyrics will still reach her no matter what humiliation recorded by the press.

Composition

Promise to Try features only a piano and Madonna's soothing vocals.

Lyrics

Little girl
Don't you forget her face
Laughing away your tears
When she was the one who felt all the pain

Little girl
Never forget her eyes
Keep them alive inside
I promise to try
It's not the same

Keep your head held high
Ride like the wind
Never look behind
Life isn't fair
That's what you said
So I try not to care

Little girl
Don't run away so fast
I think you forgot to kiss
Kiss her goodbye

Will she see me cry when I stumble and fall
Does she hear my voice in the night when I call
Wipe away all your tears, it's gonna be all right

I fought to be so strong
I guess you knew
I was afraid
You'd go away too

Little girl
You've got to forget the past
And learn to forgive me
I promise to try
But it feels like a lie

Don't let memory play games with your mind
She's a faded smile frozen in time
I'm still hanging on
But I'm doing it wrong

Can't kiss her goodbye
But I promise to try


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