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Published on October 10, 2005 By Dusk411 In Music

Album: Madonna
Year: 1983

Madonna coaxes for her boyfriend to be honest with her in the flawless "Borderline."

Coquettish keyboards start the single setting a tone of unassuming sensuality. Bubbly drums then lead into the verse. She says that his charisma keeps her coming back for more. However, she doesn't want to be trapped in the relationship with him anymore. He leads her on, promising to be there for her. However, he chooses to ignore her. "Something in the way you love me won't let me be/I don't want to be your prisoner so baby won't you set me free/Stop playing with my heart/Finish what you start/When you make my love come down/If you want me let me know/Baby let it show/Honey don't you fool around."

In the pre-chorus, she tells him that the relationship has drained her. She gave him her affection, love, and friendship while he did nothing to reciporciate her feelings. "Just try to understand, I've given all I can/'Cause you got the best of me."

In the chorus, she says his mind games are causing her to doubt herself. She's losing patience with him. "Borderline feels like I'm going to lose my mind/You just keep on pushing my love over the borderline/Borderline feels like I'm going to lose my mind/You just keep on pushing my love over the borderline/Keep on pushing me baby/Don't you know you drive me crazy/You just keep on pushing my love over the borderline."

The speck of green in his eyes melts her every time she sees him. As he caresses her, she can't think of anything of him but his body against hers. However, he quickly abandons to her. She tells to be open with her and not "Something in your eyes is makin' such a fool of me/When you hold me in your arms you love me till I just can't see/But then you let me down, when I look around, baby you just can't be found/Stop driving me away, I just wanna stay/There's something I just got to say."

The pre-chorus and chorus are sung once. The second chorus has some variations in it. She says the relationship has weakened her and asks him to let her go. He's done nothing but ignore her. She wonders what lengths she has to go for him to notice her. "Look what your love has done to me/Come on baby set me free/You just keep on pushing my love over the borderline/You cause me so much pain, I think I'm going insane/What does it take to make you see?/You just keep on pushing my love over the borderline."

Madonna "la la's" over the synth beat to close the song.

"Borderline" is an 80s song that hasn't aged a day since its release. The coy synths coupled with Madonna's lovesick, youthful vocals mesh well together. It hints with a knowing wink that Madonna isn't as wholesome as she seems.

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