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The song was written by Brian Elliot with additional lyrics by Madonna, who produced it with Stephen Bray. The song also appears remixed on the compilation album The Immaculate Collection and in White Christmas (With Recitation) - O. J. Hanssen* - White Christmas original form on the compilation album Celebration.
The song's musical style combines pop and classical styling, and its lyrics deal with teenage pregnancy and the choices that come with it. It was based on teen gossip Elliot heard outside his recording studio. Released as the album's second single in mid, the song was a commercial success.
It became Madonna's fourth number-one single on the Billboard Hotand performed well internationally, reaching the top position in the United Kingdom and Australia. It was well received by music critics and was frequently cited as a highlight in the album. The music video, directed by James Foleyshows Madonna's second image makeover, featuring her with a more toned and muscular body, and cropped platinum blonde hair.
It portrayed a storyline Papa Dont Preach - Madonna - Live Madonna is trying to tell her father about her pregnancy. The images are juxtaposed with shots of Madonna dancing and singing in a small, darkened studio, and spending a romantic evening with her boyfriend. Shortly after its release, the song caused heated discussions about Papa Dont Preach - Madonna - Live lyrical content. Women's organizations and others in the Papa Dont Preach - Madonna - Live planning field criticized Madonna for encouraging teenage pregnancy, while groups opposed to abortion saw the song as having a positive pro-life message.
InBritish singer Kelly Osbourne recorded a hard rock cover of the song which was included as a bonus track on her debut Papa Dont Preach - Madonna - Live Shut Up. During the autumn ofMadonna started writing and recording songs for her third Papa Dont Preach - Madonna - Live album, True Blue. She brought back Steve Bray and hired a new producer, Patrick Leonardto help her on the album.
She replied saying. Is she for Papa Dont Preach - Madonna - Liveas they say in Knocked Up? Is she against abortion? It is set in common timeand moves at a moderate tempo of beats per minute.
The combination of key and tempo produces a disjuncture between pop and classical rhythms, underlined by the instrumentation during the introduction.
The song begins with a distinctly Vivaldian style, as the fast tempo and classical-style chord progression anticipates the lyrics to follow. This is followed by the sound of dance musicproduced by a powerful beat from the instruments.
The lyrics show Madonna's interest in her Roman Catholic upbringing, as the song theme is about a girl who tells her father that she is pregnant and refuses to have an abortion or give up the baby for adoption despite what her friends are telling her to do. At the beginning, she addresses her father directly, asking him to talk to her as an adult, "You should know by now that I'm not a baby". The transition to the chorus employs a more dramatic voice with a higher range, ending nearly in cries as she sings the word "Please".
Leading to the chorus, Madonna switches to a pleading voice, singing the song's main hook in a high tone. During the bridge, the song features a Spanish-inspired rhythm, one of the earliest examples of the influence Eine Autofahrt - Megan* & H. William Stine* - Die Drei ??? House Of Horrors - Haus Der Angst - Speci Hispanic music had on Madonna's musical style.
Davitt Sigerson from Rolling Stone magazine in a review of the album True Blue said that if there is a problem with the album "it's the lack of outstanding songs", adding that "only the magnificent 'Papa Don't Preach' has the high-profile hook to match 'Like a Virgin', ' Dress You Up ' and ' Material Girl '.
Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine said that "with songs like 'Papa Don't Preach', Madonna made the Automobile Polka - The New Brass - Heavy On Polkas from pop tart to consummate artist, joining the ranks of 80s icons like Michael Jackson and Prince.
It debuted on the Billboard Hot at number 42  and, within eight weeks of release, reached the top of the chart, making it Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly - Buddy Holly fourth number-one single in the US. It maintained Papa Dont Preach - Madonna - Live top position for two weeks and spent 18 weeks on the chart. The song debuted at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart before climbing to number one two weeks later.
It then spent three consecutive weeks at the top, stayed 15 weeks on the chart,  and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry BPI in August for shipment ofcopies of the single.
For the music video, Madonna sported a complete image makeover. She changed the heavy jewelry and make-up, and adopted the gamine look, which is notably applied to describe the style and appearance that Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn used during the s. The video alternated between tomboy shots and those of a more glamorous Madonna with a more toned and muscular body, cropped platinum blonde hair, and figure-revealing clothing, consisting of a s-style black bustier top and capri pants.
The video was directed by James Foleywho worked with Madonna in her music video for " Live to Tell ",  produced by David Naylor and Sharon Oreckand Michael Ballhaus was in charge of the photography. Staten Island was chosen on Foley's suggestion as it was where he grew up: "We talked about wanting to tap into Papa Dont Preach - Madonna - Live working-class environment, because by that time she had done 'Material Girl' and 'Like a Virgin' and other stuff that was very glamorous and stylized.
She wanted to do something a bit more grounded and 'drama'. Madonna had spotted McArthur in a small role as a naive youth in the film Desert Heartsand she thought he was a natural to play her mechanic boyfriend. I would like you to be in my next video. The music video starts with shots of the New York skyline, the Staten Island Ferryand character close-ups.
Then it shows her thinking about her father, played by actor Danny Aiello and how much he loves her. She then sees her boyfriend, played by actor Alex McArthur coming along.
The images are juxtaposed with shots of a more glamorous Madonna dancing and singing in a small, darkened studio. Madonna then moves away from her friends, who warn her about her boyfriend. She and her boyfriend spend a romantic evening together on a barge where they reflect upon their lives after watching an elderly couple.
Madonna then finds out that she is pregnant and decides to keep the baby. After much hesitation, she tells her father and he's shocked and leaves the room to think about the situation, and eventually accepts the pregnancy. Afterward, father and daughter hug each other. With such a song and video, she was throwing in America's face the image of a country ravaged by the abortion debate, which is far from being resolved.
Charging coercion, both sides make the video as an invitation to a certain way of life, in the process denying it the Papa Dont Preach - Madonna - Live invocation of a rhetoric of self-authorization.
Madonna has performed the song on four of her world tours. She premiered the song induring her Who's That Girl World Tourwhere she danced around the stage wearing a white Spanish-style dress designed by Marlene Stewart,  and a black leather jacket similar to the one she used in the music video. She wore a black kaftan made of chiffon and energetically danced, accompanied by six male dancers, with a platform full of votive candles in the background.
Induring the Re-Invention World TourMadonna performed the song wearing a Scottish kiltand a T-shirt that said "Kabbalists do it Better" on most of the shows, and "Brits do it Better" and "Irish do it Better" T-shirts during the shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland, reminiscent of the one she used in the song's music video.
Wearing a black tight outfit, Madonna sang the song while crawling around on the ground, then towards the end of the performance, several dancers wearing military clothing and animal masks surrounded and tied her up and took her to the main stage, giving way to the next performance, " Hung Up ". The song was released in the United Kingdom in Septemberpeaking at number three.
French group Mad'House made a Eurodance cover of the song, that was included on their album Absolutely Mad.
Da's Plays Madonna in Jazzreleased in As the song's popularity increased in the United States, so did the criticism and support it received from groups concerned with pregnancy and abortion. Immediately they're going to say I am advising every young girl to go out and get pregnant. When Papa Dont Preach - Madonna - Live first heard the song, I thought it was silly.
But then I thought, wait a minute, this song is really about a girl who is making a decision in her life. She has a very close relationship with her father and wants to maintain that closeness.
To me it's a celebration of life. It says, 'I love you, father, and I love this man and this child that is growing inside me'. Of course, who knows how it will end? But at least it starts off positive. People who criticized the song's message included Ellen Goodmana national syndicated columnistwho called the video "a commercial for teenage pregnancy ". Recalling how his agency's clinics were filled in with girls wearing clothes that were an imitation of Madonna's styleMoran said that the song's message is "that getting pregnant is cool and having the baby is the right thing and a good thing and don't listen to your parents, the school, anybody who tells you otherwise—don't preach to me, Papa.
The reality is that what Madonna is suggesting to teenagers is a path to permanent poverty. In contrast, groups opposed to abortion saw "Papa Don't Preach" as a positive, pro-life song. Now what Madonna is telling them is, hey, there's an alternative.
When speaking of the song, Gore said "the song speaks to a serious subject with a sense of urgency and sensitivity in both the lyrics and Madonna's rendition. It also speaks to the fact that there's got to be more support and more communication in families about this problem, and anything that fosters that I applaud.
The song's writer, Brian Elliot, commented about the Just A Dream - Carmen McRae - Just A Little Lovin "I just wanted to make this girl in the song a sympathetic character. As a father myself, I'd want to be accessible to my children's problems. Her publicist, Liz Rosenberg, said that "she [Madonna] is singing a song, not taking a stand", adding that "her Damaged Goods - The Ventures - In The Vaults Volume 1 is people can think what they want to think.
Credits adapted from the album's liner notes. From Wikipedia, the Papa Dont Preach - Madonna - Live encyclopedia. A 27 second sample from "Papa Don't Preach", featuring Madonna singing in a pleading voice, with a backing track that combines pop and classical music. See also: List of cover versions of Madonna songs and List of Madonna tribute albums.
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