Dark Ballet
"Dark Ballet"
Released June 7, 2019
Length 4:14
Writer(s) Madonna Ciccone
Mirwais Ahmadzaï
Producer(s) Madonna

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"Dark Ballet" (originally titled "Beautiful Game") is a song by Madonna from her fourteenth studio album Madame X. The song was released on June 7, 2019 as the final of five tracks released in the lead up to the album dropping. It was written and produced by Madonna and Mirwais, and contains a sample of "The Nutcracker - Dance of the Reed Pipes".[1]


A portion of the song was performed live at the 2018 Met Gala. Graphic artist Aldo Diaz, known for designing the single cover for "Bitch I'm Madonna" shared a photo via Instagram on May 11, 2018 of Madonna headed with the title "Beautiful Game" and captioned with lyrics from the song.[2] Madonna reposted the artwork the following week with the caption "That I never Learned", as well as a hashtag of Mirwais.[3]

The song has been described as "sonically inovative".[4]


Madonna debuted the song at the 2018 Met Gala, when it was known under the title of "Beautiful Game" in a medley with "Like a Prayer" and "Hallelujah".[5] She performed it the following year at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.[6] It was also included in Act I of the Madame X Tour.

Music video

The music video for "Dark Ballet" was released alongside the song on June 7, 2019.[7]

Music Video Information
Madonna - Dark Ballet (Official Music Video)

Madonna - Dark Ballet (Official Music Video)

Released June 7, 2019
Length 6:15
Director Emmanuel Adjei
Production Co Tom Birmingham
Choreographer Megan Lawson
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Verse 1:
It's a beautiful life, but I'm not concerned
It's a beautiful dream, but a dream is earned
I can dress like a boy, I can dress like a girl
Keep your beautiful words, 'cause I'm not concerned

'Cause your world is such a shame
'Cause your world's obsessed with fame
'Cause your world's in so much pain
'Cause your world is…
'Cause your world is...
Up in flames

Verse 2:
It's a beautiful plan (Hmm), but I'm not concerned (Oh yeah)
It's a beautiful game (Hmm) that I never learned
People tell me to shut my mouth (Shut your mouth)
That I might get burned
Keep your beautiful lies (Hmm) 'cause I'm not concerned

'Cause your world is such a shame
'Cause your world's obsessed with fame
'Cause your world's in so much pain
'Cause your world is…
'Cause your world is…

I will not denounce the things that I have said
I will not renounce my faith in my sweet Lord
He has chosen me to fight against the English
I am not afraid at all to die 'cause I believe you
God is on my side and I'll be fine
I am not afraid 'cause I have faith in him
You can cut my hair and throw me in a jail cell
Say that I'm a witch and burn me at the stake
It's all a big mistake
Don't you know to doubt him is a sin?
I won't give in

Verse 3:
They are so naive
They think we are not aware of their crimes
We know, but we are just not ready to act
The storm isn't in the air, it's inside of us
I want to tell you about love and loneliness
But it's getting late now
Can't you hear outside of your Supreme hoodie, the wind that's beginning to howl?

It's a beautiful life



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