Album: With Honors soundtrack
Madonna is grateful for a close friendship in the slushy "I'll Remember."
She mmm's over a serene synthesizer, setting a content tone. She says she has realized how to be an open person who can express her pain. It was her friend who encouraged her to talk through her problems and assured her that it was not a weakness to be vulnerable.
"Mmmm, mmmm/Say good-bye to not knowing when/The truth in my whole life began/Say good-bye to not knowing how to cry/You taught me that."
In the chorus, she says her friend's concern and help is something that she will never forget. Due to her friend's support, she feels comfortable being independent. She will never forget how her friend turned her around. Without her, she would be lost.
"And I'll remember the strength that you gave me/Now that I'm standing on my own/I'll remember the way that you saved me/I'll remember."
In the second verse, she says that she found her painful childhood was causing her grief. As a child, she would look for approval from anyone.
"Inside I was a child/That could not mend a broken wing/Outside I looked for a way/To teach my heart to sing."
In the second chorus, she says her friend, who treated her like she was family, was able to let her grow.
"And I'll remember the love that you gave me....I'll remember the way that you changed me/I'll remember."
In the bridge, she says that no longer thinks that everything should work out as planned. Flaws are part of life. Whatever hurt she felt as a child is gone now. She is now at ease. Her friend gave her a new optimistic outlook on life.
"I learned to let go of the illusion that we can possess/I learned to let go, I travel in stillness/And I'll remember happiness/I'll remember [I'll remember]/Mmmmm... [I'll remember]/Mmmmm."
The second chorus is sung again.
At the end, Madonna contradicts herself and says that crying is something she didn't have trouble with. However, now she is able to cry alone. It lacks sense.
"No I've never been afraid to cry/
Now I finally have a reason why/I'll remember [I'll remember]/No I've never been afraid to cry/Now I finally have a reason why/I'll remember [I'll remember]/No I've never been afraid to cry/Now I finally have a reason why/I'll remember [I'll remember]/No I've never been afraid to cry/Now I finally have a reason why/I'll remember [I'll remember)."
After the Erotica debacle, Madonna went for the least offensive material possible. "I'll Remember" is damage control. It was done to make her image positive again.
"I'll Remember" is a vanilla, insincere ballad.
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