But don't ever tell me I'll learn, no, no
Take the black off a crow
But don't tell me I have to go
Tell the bed not to lay
Like the open mouth of a grave, yeah
Not to stare up at me
Like a calf down on its knees
Tell me love isn't true
It's just something that we do
Tell me everything I'm not
But don't ever tell me to stop
It contains the hits "Music", "Don't Tell Me", and "What It Feels Like for a Girl". It was the follow-up to the hugely successful Ray of Light.
- "Music" (3:44)
- "Impressive Instant" (3:37)
- "Runaway Lover" (4:46)
- "I Deserve It" (4:23)
- "Amazing" (3:43)
- "Nobody's Perfect" (4:58)
- "Don't Tell Me" (4:40)
- "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (4:43)
- "Paradise (Not for Me)" (6:33)
- "Gone" (3:24)
- "American Pie" (4:33)
But secretly, you'd love to know what it's like for tropes:
- Alliterative Title: "Impressive Instant"
- Changed for the Video: The dance mix version of "What It Feels Like For A Girl" was used for its video instead of the original from this album.
- Country Music: "Don't Tell Me" is a country/dance song.
- Cover Version: "American Pie" by Don McLean.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: "Music"'Music... makes the people ... come together...YEAH!
- Darker and Edgier: Yes, the album has quite a number of dance-electronica songs, but "I Deserve It" and the final three tracks on the standard version are a huge downer.
- Double Standard: She explores the topic in "What It Feels Like for a Girl" with its spoken intro "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."
- Driven to Suicide: In the video for "What It Feels Like for a Girl", Madonna's character takes an old lady out for a violent joy ride before she crashes the last car she and her passenger were in.
- Face on the Cover: Madonna... in a cowgirl's hat.
- Hymn to Music:Music, music
Music makes the people come together
Music mix the bourgeoisie and the rebel
- One-Word Title: "Music", "Amazing", and "Gone"
- The Power of Rock:Music makes the bourgeoisie wanna rebel!
- Record Producer: Madonna, Mirwais Ahmadzaï, William Orbit, Guy Sigsworth, Mark "Spike" Stent, and Talvin Singh.
- Refuge in Audacity: In the music video of "Music" Madonna plays a female pimp, complete with actual scantily clad women acting like whores. A normal image in most videoclips starring men, but the fact that a woman is in charge here is pretty unconventional.
- Reusable Lighter Toss: In the music video for "What It Feels Like For A Girl", Madonna's character dumps a lit cigarette lighter onto spilled gasoline to cause a gas station to explode before she drives off.
- Special Guest: Sacha Baron Cohen as Ali G in the "Music" video.
- Spoken Word in Music:
Hey mister DJ... put a record on ... I wanna dance with my baby
- The beginning quote in "What It Feels Like for a Girl" was said by Charlotte Gainsbourg in the movie The Cement Garden.
- Stylistic Suck: The guitar lick in "Don't Tell Me" is deliberately chopped up in a way that makes it sound like the CD is skipping.
- Title Track: "Music"
- Water Guns and Balloons: A realistic-looking water pistol is used by Madonna's character on a couple of cops in the video for "What It Feels Like For A Girl".
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: Ali G tries it in the video for "Music", to Madonna's annoyance.