SECRET by Madonna

October 13, 2022

Madonna ushered in a new musical style when she recorded “Secret.” She shifted from her melodic ballad to the R&B and pop genre with strings, drums, and acoustic guitars. 

Hollywood actress Jean Harlow inspired Madonna’s new image in the music video. Unlike her usual style in the mid-1990s, Madonna sent the song’s snippet accompanied by an audio message on the Internet. Various musical critics appraised the song with favorable reviews. The song became a success among the fans that loved Madonna’s vocal delivery. Madonna’s lyrical talk and the mid-tempo R&B groove add a soulful and seductive feel to the song.

Fun Facts: 

  • Madonna released a black and white video for the song.
  • “Secret” charted at number three in 1994’s Billboard Hot 100.
  • It received the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gold certification.
  • “Secret” peaked at No. one in Finland and Canada, and Switzerland.
  • “Secret” peaked in the top five in Spain, Denmark, and France.
  • Madonna first recorded “secret” as a demo.
  • Madonna performed “Secret” as a fan request in November 2008 at the Huston stop during her Sticky and Sweet Tour.
  • Madonna released up to eight remixes to keep the song relevant in U.S. clubs. She requested Junior Vasquez to remix the song in different formats. Vasquez and his team made eight remixes.
  • Besides departing from her usual singing style, Madonna did the same unusual thing with the “Secret’s” video release.  She instinctively understood what she needed for the music video to tick and incorporated an image change for the music video and the song’s cover art. In the video, Madonna appears edgy like a character from the 1990 drama film Last Exit to Brooklyn. To help her create the new look, Madonna chose to work with director Melodie McDaniel, who was known for her rawness in films. 

Lyrics 

Things haven’t been the same

Since you came into my life

You found a way to touch my soul

And I’m never, ever, ever gonna let it go

Happiness lies in your own hand

It took me much too long to understand

How it could be

Until you shared your secret with me

Something’s comin’ over, mmm mmm

Something’s comin’ over, mmm mmm

Something’s comin’ over me

My baby’s got a secret

You gave me back the paradise

That I thought I lost for good

You helped me find the reasons why

It took me by surprise that you understood

You knew all along

What I never wanted to say

Until I learned to love myself

I was never ever lovin’ anybody else

Happiness lies in your own hand

It took me much too long to understand

How it could be

Until you shared your secret with me

Something’s comin’ over, mmm mmm

Something’s comin’ over, mmm mmm

Something’s comin’ over me

My baby’s got a secret

Mmm mmm

Something’s comin’ over, mmm mmm

Something’s comin’ over, mmm mmm

Something’s comin’ over me

My baby’s got a secret

Happiness lies in your own hand

It took me much too long to understand

How it could be

Until you shared your secret with me

Mmm mmm

Something’s comin’ over, mmm mmm

Something’s comin’ over, mmm mmm

Something’s comin’ over me

My baby’s got a secret

Mmm mmm

Something’s comin’ over, mmm mmm

Something’s comin’ over, mmm mmm

Something’s comin’ over me

My baby’s got a secret

Mmm mmm, my baby’s got a secret

Mmm mmm, my baby’s got a secret

Mmm mmm, my baby’s got a secret for me

Mmm mmm, mmm mmm, mmm mmm

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