This delicate, empowering ballad is a song of resilience in which Madonna is encouraging her listeners to rise above adversity.
I rise, I rise I rise up above it, up above it
Madonna has endured many things in her life and she is offering words of support to those who are battling stresses. She explained that she wrote "I Rise" as a way of giving to all marginalized people who feel they don't have the opportunity to speak their minds.
Madonna added: "I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, to speak their minds and to love themselves."
Madonna quotes Jean-Paul Sartre during the bridge.
Freedom's what you choose to do with what's been done to you
Madonna previously used Sarte's quote on her unreleased song "Freedom," which was recorded for her Rebel Heart album and leaked in December of 2015.
The song's intro features a sample of Emma González, a survivor of the 2018 shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She talks about how young people aren't widely respected in the world of politics.
Madonna wrote the song with Jason Evigan. The American producer previously collaborated with her on her 2015 single "Ghosttown."
The Pride Intro Radio Remix by Tracy Young won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording at the 2020 ceremony.