Live to Tell
Where were you 25 years ago today?
If you’re like us, you were huddled up to your radio, listening as Casey Kasem told us how Madonna had just topped the chart for the third time in her career (she’s gone on to have nine more #1s) with a song called “Live to Tell”.
But wait… this doesn’t sound like Madonna. And it certainly doesn’t look like the Madonna that we know and love. Where’s the black lace underwear? The bangly bracelets? The mediocre dance moves? The Madonna we know wouldn’t be caught dead in a Laura Ashley dress buttoned up to her neck.
Alas, there she was, sitting in a chair all by herself in a dark room, singing softly about a man telling a thousand lies and keeping secrets hidden well. If it was 25 years later, we probably would have greeted it with a big ol’ “WTF?”
And then it happened- the song actually started to grow on us a little bit. Heck, before the week was out we’d even be calling Z-104 to request it, for heaven’s sake.
Though the tune was actually written by Patrick Leonard for use in the forgettable Fire with Fire, it ended up in Madonna’s hands. She was interested in using it for then-husband Sean Penn’s At Close Range, so she slapped some indecipherable lyrics on it, and BOOM! a hit was born.
In all, “Live to Tell” spent 18 weeks on the charts, but it only enjoyed one week in the top spot- this week, 25 years ago.
Yes it may have sparked a few conversations that started with, “Who are you? And what have you done with Madonna?” but “Live to Tell” endures today as one of the Material Girl’s finest.
We ♥ Live to Tell.