Thursday, December 3, 2009

Writer's Workshop

Posting again as a participant of Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.

The prompt choices this week are (summarized):

1. Verse by verse, dissect a fave song you had in 7th grade.
2. Share 5 must have gifts you're buying for others this holiday season.
3. Write a letter to Santa.
4. How would you celebrate the holidays if you had control of the choices and money was no option?
5. Book review.

Since I frequently do book reviews, and have one coming up soon, I had to pick the fave song from 7th grade. The thing is, I had too many to choose from. And they were all by Madonna. So get ready ... I am kind of making a bit of a Madonna medley from the 1984-1985 album, titled, of course,
Like a Virgin.

Track 1: Material Girl

Some boys kiss me, some boys hug me
I think they're O.K.

If they don't give me proper credit

I just walk away

Seriously, some boys kiss me, some boys hug me? Proper credit? What did I know about this in junior high school?

They can beg and they can plead

But they can't see the light, that's right

'Cause the boy with the cold hard cash

Is always Mister Right, 'cause we are

Uhm, okay. Boys need to beg me, and the only way they're Mister Right is if they have lots of money.


Living in a material world

And I am a material girl

You know that we are living in a material world

And I am a material girl

Was it possible I WAS a material girl? I mean, what did I know about possessions besides my black rubber bracelets and my BFF charms? Did I even have those yet?

Track 3: Like a Virgin

I made it through the wilderness
Somehow I made it through

Didn't know how lost I was

Until I found you

I made it through the WILDERNESS? I was a pre-teen/early teenager in Brooklyn. What did I know from wilderness?

I was beat incomplete

I'd been had, I was sad and blue

But you made me feel

Yeah, you made me feel

Shiny and new

OK, I'll give this one some credit. Who hasn't felt sad and blue at that age? Shiny and new? Uhm, yeah,
I'll need to dig out that diary from way back when ...


Like a virgin

Touched for the very first time

Like a virgin

When your heart beats
(after first time, "With your heartbeat")
Next to mine

Whatever I thought I was singing about, despite knowing about sex and so forth, I was not one touched for the very first time for some time after this. Heartbeat next to mine? Really, Madonna? Really?

Gonna give you all my love, boy

My fear is fading fast

Been saving it all for you

'Cause only love can last

Saving it all for WHO? I

Track 6: Dress You Up

You've got style, that's what all the girls say
Satin sheets and luxuries so fine

All your suits are custom made in London

But I've got something that you'll really like

Style, considering the year that this was, is hilariously subjective looking back at it.


Gonna dress you up in my love

All over, all over

Gonna dress you up in my love

All over your body

What does it even mean to "dress you up in my love?" 'Cause if we're talking about sex here it's kind of ridiculous.

Feel the silky touch of my caresses

They will keep you looking so brand new

Let me cover you with velvet kisses

I'll create a look that's made for you

Velvet kisses. Caresses. At 14 I had a crush on a kid in my class who I was friends with. For me at that age it was almost always that way. I don't know who I thought I was going to be kissing and caressing any time soon.


Gonna dress you up in my love, in my love

All over your body, all over your body

In my love

All over, all over

From your head down to your toes

I truly did love Madonna. She let a 13-14 year old me think that my love and honest worship of someone would be enough to make them love and want me back. And at that early age it was important to have that hope and openness towards being with others. That being said, her sexual music was nothing in comparison to the lyrics of things today, and I'm in my late-30s. At this point very little should shock me, and yet, it still does sometimes.

Thanks, Madge. For being a staple in my early teen years and staying strong all this time. Your music has gone through stages, and you don't look a day over 29, but you're still quite the entertainer. Maybe someday I'll see you perform live, when I have like $500 for a ticket and you're in the NC area.

In the meantime I'll stick with singing along to my old, yet new CDs. Some of it's your stuff, some of it newer, some of it older, still. And whether I *got* the lyrics or not, I still flash back to watching your videos in the auditorium when we had an empty period. Like A Virgin standing out fresh in my mind as the MEAN GIRLS sang to some poor kid, "Like a Stacey ..." I don't even think I knew who Stacey was back then, but I remember it almost every time I hear the words to that song. Sad, no? I only wonder if she remembers it, wherever she is.


  1. I love me some Madge too. I think that she was so original for that time...of course, if she came out in the present day no one would even be paying attention to her. And Dress You Up is still one of my fave songs by her. Although in thinking about the lyrics, they really don't make a whole lotta sense! LOL. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm gonna follow you now....

  2. How did you know Madonna's my favorite? So many people laugh at me, but I'm glad you won't!!

    And you're spot on---I was singing Like a Virgin, but I had NO IDEA what that meant. Not a damn clue. And all that touching and kissing stuff? I remained mostly clueless until I was a senior in high school and if I'm being truly honest, it was college before I had any real knowledge in that arena!


  3. I'm right there with you. I remember being at the roller rink with these songs and singing along and loving them but ummmm soooo not really knowing what they were about. The songs of today though? YIKES!

  4. I loved her back in the day. I think we might be about the same age....

    It makes me what to lock my daughter in her room and not let her listen to music at all!

    Have a great weekend!


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