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Bedtime Stories
"Survival"
Length 3:31
Writer(s) Madonna
Dallas Austin
Producer(s) Madonna
Dallas Austin
Nellee Hooper

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"Survival" is a song by Madonna from her sixth studio album Bedtime Stories. It is the opening track for the album.

Background

This song expresses that Madonna doesn’t have time to cater to the public/critics showing a good girl side. She’s too busy surviving in the music industry. It also tells us there’s so much more written about Madonna herself and her antics at times that it is hard for critics and the general populous to take her seriously as an artist when she is trying to be one.

Composition

In the song Madonna enhanced the rhythmic sounds more and compressed the bass sounds, in order to cater to the then musical trend, containing multiple hooks.

Lyrics

I'll never be an angel
I'll never be a saint, it's true
I'm too busy surviving
Whether it's heaven or hell
I'm gonna be living to tell

So here's my story
No risk, no glory

A little up and down and all around
It's all about survival

I'll never be an angel
I'll never be a saint, it's true
I'm too busy surviving
Whether it's heaven or hell
I'm gonna be living to tell

So here's my question
Does your criticism
Have you caught up in what you cannot see
Well if you give me respect
Then you'll know what to expect

A little up and down and all around
It's all about survival
Up and down and all around
It's all about survival

I'll never be an angel
I'll never be a saint, it's true
I'm too busy surviving
Whether it's heaven or hell
I'm gonna be living to tell

So here's my story
No risk, no glory

A little up and down and all around
It's all about survival
Up and down and all around
It's all about survival
Up and down and all around
It's all about survival
Up and down and all around
It's all about survival
Up and down and all around
I'll never be an angel
Up and down and all around
Survival
Up and down and all around
I'll never be a saint, it's true
Up and down and all around
Survival
Up and down and all around
I'll never be an angel
Up and down and all around
Survival
Up and down and all around
I'll never be a saint, it's true
Up and down and all around
Survival


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