Song of the Day #4,800: ‘Joan of Arc’ – Madonna

Madonna’s 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, dropped in March of 2015. It marked a departure from the club-heavy albums she’d been putting out for more than a decade, leaning more on techno-tinged power ballads.

It was also her best record since 2005’s Confessions On a Dance Floor.

Rebel Heart has a large lineup of producers, both big names and small, including Kanye West, Avicii and Diplo. Nicki Minaj returns to feature on a track. But unlike on previous releases, that laundry list of contributors doesn’t overwhelm the final product.

That said, a few tracks on Rebel Heart sound out of place amid the slower, more contemplative songs. This is a 14-track album that would have been more consistent, and better, at 10 or 11.

Rebel Heart received the best reviews of any Madonna album since Confessions On a Dance Floor, but that didn’t help it commercially. Though it sold respectably, it broke a five-album #1 streak when it peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200. Worldwide, the album reached one million sales, the lowest total of her career. At 57, Madonna finally seemed less than invincible.

[Verse 1]
Each time they take a photograph
I lose a part I can’t get back
I wanna hide
This is the part where I detach
Each time they write a hateful word
Dragging my soul into the dirt
I wanna die
Never admit it, but it hurts

[Chorus]
I don’t wanna talk about it right now
Just hold me while I cry my eyes out
I’m not Joan of Arc, not yet
But I’m in the dark, yeah
I can’t be a superhero right now
Even hearts made out of steel can break down
I’m not Joan of Arc, not yet
I’m only human

[Post-Chorus]
Anything they did to me, said to me
Doesn’t mean a thing, ’cause you’re here with me now
Even when the world turns its back on me
There could be a war, but I’m not going down

[Verse 2]
One little lie can ruin my day
Words are like weapons, they betray
When I am afraid
One word of kindness, it can save me

[Chorus]
I don’t wanna talk about it right now
Just hold me while I cry my eyes out
I’m not Joan of Arc, not yet
But I’m in the dark, yeah
I can’t be a superhero right now
Even hearts made out of steel can break down
I’m not Joan of Arc, not yet
I’m only human

[Post-Chorus]
Anything they did to me, said to me
Doesn’t mean a thing, ’cause you’re here with me now
Even when the world turns its back on me
There could be a war, but I’m not going down

[Bridge]
Being destructive isn’t brave
They couldn’t say it to my face
One day, I won’t care
But for the moment, I’m not there
I’ll just close my eyes and let you catch me now

[Chorus]
I don’t wanna talk about it right now
Just hold me while I cry my eyes out
I’m not Joan of Arc, not yet
But I’m in the dark, yeah
I can’t be a superhero right now
Even hearts made out of steel can break down
I’m not Joan of Arc, not yet
I’m only human

[Post-Chorus]
Anything they did to me, said to me
Doesn’t mean a thing, ’cause you’re here with me now
Even when the world turns its back on me
There could be a war, but I’m not going down
Anything they did to me, said to me
Doesn’t mean a thing, ’cause you’re here with me now
Even when the world turns its back on me
There could be a war, but I’m not Joan of Arc

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,800: ‘Joan of Arc’ – Madonna

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I suspect at this point, Madonna will only recapture major commercial success by either being a host on American Idol or the Voice, doing a duet with a younger popular artist like Billie Eilish or Lil Nas K, or both. Regardless, the move away from EDM is welcome, at least by me.

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