American Life

Album: American Life (2003)
Charted: 2 37
  • Do I have to change my name
    Will it get me far
    Should I lose some weight
    Am I gonna be a star

    I tried to be a boy
    I tried to be a girl
    I tried to be a mess
    I tried to be the best
    I guess I did it wrong
    That's why I wrote this song
    This type of modern life
    Is it for me
    This type of modern life
    Is it for free

    So I went into a bar
    Looking for sympathy
    A little company
    I tried to find a friend
    It's more easily said
    It's always been the same
    This type of modern life
    Is not for me
    This type of modern life
    Is not for free

    American life [American life]
    I live the American dream [American dream]
    You are the best thing I've seen
    You are not just a dream [American life]

    I tried to stay ahead
    I tried to stay on top
    I tried to play the part
    But somehow I forgot
    Just what I did it for
    And why I wanted more
    This type of modern life
    Is it for me
    This type of modern life
    Is it for free

    Do I have to change my name
    Will it get me far
    Should I lose some weight
    Am I gonna be a star

    American life [American life]
    I live the American dream [American dream]
    You are the best thing I've seen
    You are not just a dream [American life]

    American life

    I tried to be a boy
    Tried to be a girl
    Tried to be a mess
    Tried to be the best
    Tried to find a friend
    Tried to stay ahead
    I tried to stay on top

    Do I have to change my name
    Will it get me far
    Should I lose some weight
    Am I gonna be a star

    Uh, uh, uh, uh

    I'm drinkin' a soy latte
    I get a double shotie
    It goes right through my body
    And you know I'm satisfied
    I drive my mini cooper
    And I'm feeling super-duper
    Yo they tell me I'm a trooper
    And you know I'm satisfied
    I do yoga and pilates
    And the room is full of hotties
    So I'm checking out their bodies
    And you know I'm satisfied
    I'm diggin' on the isotopes
    This metaphysics shit is dope
    And if all this can give me hope
    You know I'm satisfied
    I got a lawyer and a manager
    An agent and a chef
    Three nannies, an assistant
    And a driver and a jet
    A trainer and a butler
    And a bodyguard or five
    A gardener and a stylist
    Do you think I'm satisfied

    I'd like to express my extreme point-of-view
    I'm not a Christian and I'm not a Jew
    I'm just living out the American dream
    And I just realized that nothing is what it seems

    Do I have to change my name
    Am I gonna be a star
    Do I have to change my name
    Am I gonna be a star
    Do I have to change my name Writer/s: MIRWAIS AHMADZAI
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Leo from Westminster 1, MdI do agree with Teresa from Tennessee and Olivia from New York. American Life was Maddy's second Freakout because she decried people who had attitudes, materialism and war. She was screaming with rage because Miss Ciccone bared her Soul on American Life. This song was even better during Reinvention because all Madonna wants to do is Rock Out! Do I think Madonna is satisfied? Heck No, she ain't! I guess Madonna channeled her inner Bessie Smith in American Life
    -the 21st Century Equivalent of Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do. Yet despite her rage at Society, Madonna still loves America because she Cries in Tears "American Life...You Are Not Just a Dream!" For Madonna, America is still a place where Dreams Can Come True. In this strange Ciccone Art Piece, Madonna is a Fighter and a great American. She Loves Her Land-that's the Midwest Heartland Truth! The Lady Rocks!
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnAmerican Life never got the respect it deserved, the song and the album. Madge is a risk-taker, plain and simple.
  • Liv from New York, NyEven though this album has been viewed as a failure by many, I think It's one of her best efforts. Regardless of the fact that I am a huge supporter of all of Madonna's work, I really do think this was a phenomenal and brave album. People are so quick to judge just based on the negativity that surrounded this project, but if you take the time to listen to each track, and actually listen to what she is saying, I think It's rather groundbreaking. I do get that some people were reluctant to give It a chance though, It's not typical Madonna music that you want to shake your ass to. She covered so many heavy topics, I think she's learned to do that in a less intimidating way. Listening to "Hard Candy", she still discusses some really important things, It's just not so blatantly obvious as It is on this album.
  • Rene from Grasse, FranceMadonna wrote this in order to try and justify the guilt she has for taking advantage of all that is special and exceptional in America. She made her fotune and them came over here to Europe and try to BS us which was not working in the US. In the song she pretends the US is a bad place in order to attempt to justify her existance.
  • Sum Sum from New Delhiits considered one of her riskiest song. The original video was aired in MTV just once or twice and then it was banned.The single was filmed in the run up to the second Iraq War, and its content was deemed "unpatriotic" by early reports. The video was shot on a ramp, models cat-walking wearing US-army apparel and Iraqi outfits carrying weapons. This was quickly picked up in the media, which gave the impression that the album was anti-American in content. This was controversial amongst Madonna fans since she is known to never back down. With the pull out of this video - it seems that she was forced to do something she is known to not do: give in.
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