Devil Wouldn't Recognize You

Album: Hard Candy (2008)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Madonna said that this, along with the title track, was her favorite song on Hard Candy. She explained to Q magazine in May 2008: "'Devil Wouldn't Recognize You,' I just love lyrically. I like the subject matter. The idea that you're so clever even the Devil wouldn't recognize you."
  • This is a reworked outtake from Madonna's previous album, Confessions On A Dance Floor. It was co-written by Justin Timberlake in the first chunk of time he had with Madonna.
  • Madonna: "'Devil' is a song about a person who everyone has in their life - a person who gets away with everything."

Comments: 3

  • Leo from Westminster 1, MdHard Candy, by contrast-was only a warm-up to the sad onslaught of MDNA-Both records have to do with Madonna's absolute sadness and heartbreak. Among these, Devil Wouldn't Recognize You is a sad and brilliant cabaret ballad number-the type of song Madge does so well in her life. Take a Bow, Maddy! We all feel betrayal, deception and shock in our lives-that's normal La Ciccone! Rock On, Detroit Sister!
  • Aaron from Mississauga, CanadaMadonna should have released this as a single. One of the best songs on Hard Candy & a nice contrast to the upbeat numbers.
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnThis song is just haunting, I feel very close to this song - Good job Madge!
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Glen Ballard

Glen BallardSongwriter Interviews

Glen Ballard talks about co-writing and producing Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album, and his work with Dave Matthews, Aerosmith and Annie Lennox.

Mike Love of The Beach Boys

Mike Love of The Beach BoysSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.

Early Days of MTV

Early Days of MTVFact or Fiction

If you can recall the days when MTV played videos, you know that there are lots of stories to tell. See if you can spot the real ones.

Adam Young of Owl City

Adam Young of Owl CitySongwriter Interviews

Is Owl City on a quest for another hit like "Fireflies?" Adam answers that question and explains the influences behind many others.

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo Lyric

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo LyricMusic Quiz

In this quiz, spot the artist who put Romeo into a song lyric.

Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets

Curt Kirkwood of Meat PuppetsSongwriter Interviews

The (Meat)puppetmaster takes us through songs like "Lake Of Fire" and "Backwater," and talks about performing with Kurt Cobain on MTV Unplugged.