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Madonna, What It Feels Like for a Girl
"What It Feels Like for a Girl"
Released April 17, 2001
Length 4:43
Writer(s) Madonna
Guy Sigsworth
David Torn
Producer(s) Madonna
Guy Sigsworth
Mark "Spike" Stent

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Don't Tell Me
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"What It Feels Like for a Girl" is the third single off Madonna's eighth studio album Music.

Background

Planned to be the album's second single, "What It Feels Like For a Girl" was eventually released as the album's third single on April 17, 2001. Two new versions of the song were released to further promote the track. The first was a Spanish version of the song titled Lo Que Siente la Mujer, especially recorded for inclusion on the single as its B-side and eventually released as a promo-only single in Europe. Later it was added to the two-disc Tour Edition of Music and the Bonus Track edition of the album in some territories. The second was a trance version created by Above & Beyond, which was also dubbed as the single's version as well as being featured in its music video and the song's CD single. The CD single also features a remix produced by British DJ Paul Oakenfold, which transformed the song into "a massive, deep arena club stomper," as noted by Allmusic's Jose F. Promis.

The beginning of the song opens with a dialogue from the 1993 British film, The Cement Garden, directed by Andrew Birkin and starring his niece, Charlotte Gainsbourg. In the dialogue, Gainsbourg says:

"Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots. 'Cause it's OK to be a boy. But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading. 'Cause you think that being a girl is degrading. But secretly you'd love to know what it's like... Wouldn't you? What it feels like for a girl."

Composition

The song is set in the key of Eb major, with Madonna's vocals spanning from the lower octave of G3 to the higher note of Bb4 note. The song is build from a groovy verse section, driven by a "cool beat" and filtered bass licks, towards a dreamy chorus washed over by tidal keys and pads.

Music Video

Music Video Information
Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl04:31

Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl

Released March 22, 2001
Length 4:30
Director Guy Ritchie
Production Co None
Choreographer N/A
Filmed February 2001
Location LA
VEVO views 2+ Million Views


Lyrics

Girls can wear jeans
And cut their hair short
Wear shirts and boots
Cause it's okay to be a boy

But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading
Cause you think being a girl is degrading
But secretly
You'd love to know what it's like
Wouldn't you?
What it feels like for a girl

Silky smooth
Lips as sweet as candy, baby
Tight blue jeans
Skin that shows in patches

Strong inside but you don't know it
Good little girls they never show it
When you open up your mouth to speak
Could you be a little weak

Do you know what it feels like
for a girl
Do you know what it feels like in this world
for a girl

Hair that twirls on finger tips so gently, baby
Hands that rest on jutting hips repenting
Hurt that's not supposed to show and
Tears that fall when no one knows
When you're trying hard to be your best
Could you be a little less

Do you know what it feels like
for a girl
Do you know what it feels like in this world
for a girl
Do you know what it feels like
for a girl
Do you know what it feels like in this world
What it feels like for a girl

Strong inside but you don't know it
Good little girls they never show it
When you open up your mouth to speak
Could you be a little weak

Do you know what it feels like
for a girl
Do you know what it feels like in this world
for a girl
Do you know what it feels like
for a girl
Do you know what it feels like in this world
for a girl

In this world
Do you know
Do you know
Do you know what it feels like
for a girl
What it feels like in this world


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