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."
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!
The Naughty by Nature hit "O.P.P." doesn't have any curse words, but many oversensitive radio stations played a "clean" version with the word "kitten" edited out, surely the first time that word was censured.