Madonna – Oh Father
At the end of October, 1989, Madonna released “Oh father”, one of her most beautiful songs, and, if we know the story behind, definitely an extremely sweet and moving. The video is clear: Madonna, now a woman, lives back to her 5 years, the tragedy of losing her mother, the consequences that came in the relationship with her father.
Madonna commented a lot about this song, her innocent attempt to replace her mother’s figure, without a real rebel feeling, and the complicated situation with a father that needed to find different feelings. Madonna in 1989 was able to understand and exorcise the situation. This song is a testimony to herself, her father and the world, for a renewed serenity, a comprehension of the essence of things.
Actually the song did not find incredible success, to be honest. It’s a very beautiful song, but she did not sustain it with big actions and campaigns. The video was quite rare to see, and also the radios did not air it very much. Maybe it was a way to keep the song intimate, out of the rules of business. Maybe also for this reason it was released after other songs like “Like a prayer“, “Express yourself” and “Cherish“.
The video is really beautiful, but it’s very crude, if we remember what it’s telling, with sharp details that come directly from Madonna’s reminiscence, and the destiny of her mother that seems to become reality, almost a character in itself. Definitely one of those songs that turn an artist into a great artist.
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
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