Like a Prayer (song)
|"Like a Prayer"|
7-inch single cover artwork
|from the album |
|"Act of Contrition"|
|Released||March 3, 1989|
|Johnny Yuma Studios|
"Like a Prayer" is a song by American singer
"Like a Prayer" is a
"Like a Prayer" has been featured on five of Madonna's concert tours, most recently on the
Once you're a Catholic, you're always a Catholic—in terms of your feelings of guilt and remorse and whether you've sinned or not. Sometimes I'm wracked with guilt when I needn't be, and that, to me, is left over from my Catholic upbringing. Because in Catholicism you are born a sinner and you are a sinner all of your life. No matter how you try to get away from it, the sin is within you all the time.
Madonna also understood that as she was growing up, so was her core audience. Feeling the need to attempt something different, she wanted the sound of her new album to dictate what could be popular in the music world. The singer had certain personal matters on her mind that she thought could be the musical direction of the album. For the title track, Madonna chose topics that until then had been personal meditations never to be shared with the general public. She perused of her personal journals and diaries, and began considering options. She recalled, "What was it I wanted to say? I wanted the album to speak to things on my mind. It was a complex time in my life."