Song of the Day #1,443: ‘Madonna’ – Jude

After several weeks of predictable Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan selections, it’s nice to see another Random Weekend selection that actually feels random.

This is probably just the second time I’ve heard the opening track from Jude’s self-released 2004 album, Sarah. I downloaded the album from CDBaby.com (where it apparently holds the title of the site’s most downloaded album ever — a fact that says more about CDBaby.com than Sarah) but I was unimpressed after my initial listen.

I was (and still am, to a lesser degree) a fan of Jude’s second album, No One is Really Beautiful, but his unique voice started grating on me only a little bit into this one. A man just isn’t meant to sing that high for that long.

I do think Jude has talent and I suspect there are hidden gems to be found in the several albums he’s released over the last decade, but I’m not in any rush to seek them out.

Lover come and set me free from my restrain
Tear the rags away they bind me
Stare me down and cut me deeply to the bone
Give me every tooth and blind me

You are Madonna, you Lady Divine
You are part Mother Theresa and a valentine
Some man’s pariah and a slippery slope
But to me you are the fire and I fly to my hope

Mother teaching me now lessons from the past
In faded photo albums lying open on the floor
She heals me with a Nikon camera captured laugh
And with a wink she sets me free forever more

So consume me now and burn me to the marrow
Heat me up like the world can never do
Tear my heart out from my body if you have to and
Then swallow me to prove that I am you

You are Madonna, you are lady divine
You are part Mother Theresa and a valentine
Some man’s pariah and a slippery slope
But to me you are the fire and I fly to my…

You are Madonna
You’re lady divine
You are part Mother Theresa and a valentine
Some man’s pariah and a slippery slope
But to me you are the fire and I fly to my

I will fly away
I’ll fly
I will take these wings and fly away
I’ll take these
I’ll take these wings and fly away

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,443: ‘Madonna’ – Jude

  1. Dana says:

    I also enjoy Jude’s 2nd album, which is the only one I own. I tend to see your point though that a little high pitched male singing goes a long way:) his voice works more effectively for me when applied to a more upbeat song like “Mama You” than this one.

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