"Oh Father" is a song by Madonna from her fourth studio album Like a Prayer. It was released as the fourth single from the album on October 24, 1989. The song was written and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard.
Madonna describes her difficult love-hate relationship with her father during her youth. Madonna seems to be searching for comfort in a higher being. Without her father (and Madonna’s mother passed away) to comfort her she asks God to bring peace to her father again.
The song begins with the sound of violins for about 20 seconds. After this, a drum machine, string arrangement and piano ushers on top of the violins, as Madonna sings the chorus line "You can't hurt me now, I got away from you, I never thought I would." The violins and the drum beats drop after the chorus, but come back again during the next bridge. As Madonna sings the verse "Oh father I have sinned", the violins change their pitch to a higher one. After the second chorus, there is an instrumental break where she sings about the realization that her father did not want to hurt her but she still ran away.
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