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I Rise
"I Rise"
Released May 3, 2019
Length 3:44
Writer(s) Madonna Ciccone
Jason Evigan
Brittany Hazzard
Producer(s) Madonna
Jason Evigan

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"I Rise" is a song by Madonna from her fourteenth studio album Madame X. It was released on May 3, 2019 following the lead single "Medellín", as the second of five tracks released in anticipation for the album. The song was written by Madonna, Jason Evigan and Brittany Hazzard, and produced by Madonna and Evigan.[1]

Background

The song opens with a spoken introduction taken from a speech by American activist and advocate for gun control, Emma González.[2]

Madonna stated "I wrote 'I Rise' as a way of giving a voice to all marginalized people who feel they don't have the opportunity to speak their mind. This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, to speak their minds and to love themselves."[3]

Lyrics

Intro (Emma González):
Us kids don't know what we're talking about, that we're too young to understand how the government works. We call BS

Pre chorus:
I'm going through it
Yeah, I know you see the tragic in it
Just hold on to the little bit of magic in it
I can't break down now
I can't take that now
Died a thousand times
Managed to survive
I can't break down now
I can't take that (I can't take that)

Chorus:
I rise
I rise
I rise up above it
Up above it
I rise
I rise
I rise
Up above it all

Verse 1:
There's nothing you can do to me that hasn't been done
Not bulletproof, should have run from a gun
River of tears ran dry
Let 'em run
No game that you can play with me
I ain't one

Pre chorus:
'Cause I'm going through it
Yeah, I know you see the tragic in it (alright)
Just hold on to the little bit of magic in it
I can't break down now
I can't take that now (I can't take that)
Died a thousand times
Managed to survive (I managed to survive)
I can't break down now
I can't take that

Chorus:
(Rise)
I rise (I rise)
I rise (rise)
I rise up above it
Up above it (rise)
I rise (I rise)
I rise (rise)
I rise
Up above it all

Verse 2:
I managed to survive
Freedom's what you choose to do with what's been done to you
No one can hurt you now unless you want them to (unless you want)
No one can hurt you now unless you love 'em too (BS!)
Unless you love 'em too

Pre chorus:
'Cause I'm going through it
Yeah, I know you see the tragic in it
Just hold on to the little bit of magic in it (magic in it)
I can't break down now
I can't take that (I can't take that)

Chorus:
(Rise)
I rise (I rise)
I rise (rise)
I rise up above it
Up above it (rise)
I rise (rise)
I rise (rise)
I rise
Up above it all

Outro:
Yeah, we gonna rise up
Yeah, we gonna rise up
Yeah, we gonna get up
Yeah, we gonna get up
Yeah, we gonna get up
Yes, we can
We can get it together
We'll rise up
We can get it together
Yeah, we gonna rise up
Yeah, we gonna rise up
Yeah, we gonna get up
Yeah, we gonna get up
Yeah, we gonna get up
Yes, we can
We can get it together
We'll rise up
We can get it together
[4]

References

  1. https://listen.tidal.com/album/108452088
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Gonz%C3%A1lez
  3. https://www.madonna.com/news/title/madonna-releases-empowering-ballad-i-rise
  4. https://genius.com/Madonna-i-rise-lyrics
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