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Published on June 17, 2014 By Dusk411 In Music

Madonna

Keep It Together

Album: Like A Prayer

Year: 1990

 

                    Madonna is close to her family in the well-adjusted “Keep It Together.”

 

                   In the intro, she encourages people to work out problems with their families along with exuberant synths, setting an amicable tone.   (“Keep, keep it together/Keep people together forever and ever.”)

 

                    In the chorus, she says siblings know each other better than anyone. A family is part of something bigger with an ancestry that stretches for generations. Family is the most important thing a person can have. (“Keep it together in the family/They're a reminder of your history/Brothers and sisters they hold the key/To your heart and your soul/Don't forget that your family is gold.”)

 

            She’s child number three in her family, born between an older brother and sister. After her, a younger sister and brother followed. Her oldest brother was the serious one. He got into every college he applied. Her older sister was a star athlete. Her younger sister could solve any math problem while her younger brother could draw. She felt there was no talent left for her. Instead, she learned comic timing from the television shows she watched and studied phrases, wondering how to turn them into something witty. Jokes were how she stood out. But unlike her siblings, she wanted to move to New York. Her father told her that no matter what happened, she could give them a call and they’ll help her out anyway they can. (“Keep it together in the family/I got brothers, I got some sisters too/Stuck in the middle tell you what I'm gonna do/Going to get out of here, I'm going to leave this place/So I can forget every single hungry face/I'm tired of sharing all the hand me downs/To get attention I must always be the clown/I wanna be different, I wanna be on my own/But Daddy said listen, you will always have a home.”)

 

           The chorus is sung again.

 

            Her move to New York proved to be successful. She is known in her field and sought after. However, it’s not really home. She has to be careful not get too close anyone. She’s not sure who to trust. People seem to want use her.  It’s after the tough days, she calls her siblings to talk. They have their inside jokes and can say what’s on their mind. (“I hit the big time but I still get the blues/Everyone's a stranger, city life can get to you/People can be so cold, never want to turn your back/Just giving to get something/Always wanting something back/When I get lonely and I need to be/Loved for who I am, not what they want to see/Brothers and sisters, they've always been there for me/We have a connection, home is where the heart should be.”)

 

           The chorus is sung again.

 

           In the bridge, she has some major fights with her parents and siblings. Her older brother used make to feel not good enough. Her younger sister has said cruel things to her. But at the end of the day, they are all she has. (“When I look back on all the misery/And all the heartache that they brought to me/I wouldn't change it for another chance/Because blood is thicker than any other circumstance.”)

 

               The intro is sung twice.

 

             The second verse, which is edited, is sung . (“When I get lonely and I need to be/Loved for who I am, not what they want to see/Brothers and sisters, they've always been there for me/We have a connection, home is where the heart should be.”)

 

          The bridge is sung again.

 

            The chorus is sung again.

 

            The intro is sung nine times to end the single.

 

            Madonna’s straightforward vocals admit that her family is far from perfect. Her independent nature caused her to butt heads with them many of times. However, she would talk it out with them. She loves all of them.

 

          The benevolent “Keep It Together” has its priorities straight.

 

 


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