Justify My Love

Album: Immaculate Collection (1990)
Charted: 2 1
  • I want to kiss you in Paris
    I want to hold your hand in Rome
    I want to run naked in a rainstorm
    Make love in a train cross-country
    You put this in me
    So now what, so now what?

    [Chorus:]
    Wanting, needing, waiting
    For you to justify my love
    Hoping, praying
    For you to justify my love

    I want to know you
    Not like that
    I don't want to be your mother
    I don't want to be your sister either
    I just want to be your lover
    I want to be your baby
    Kiss me, that's right, kiss me

    [Chorus]

    Yearning, burning
    For you to justify my love

    What are you gonna do?
    What are you gonna do?
    Talk to me -- tell me your dreams
    Am I in them?
    Tell me your fears
    Are you scared?
    Tell me your stories
    I'm not afraid of who you are
    We can fly!

    Poor is the man
    Whose pleasures depend
    On the permission of another
    Love me, that's right, love me
    I want to be your baby

    [Chorus]

    I'm open and ready
    For you to justify my love
    To justify my love
    Wanting, to justify
    Waiting, to justify my love
    Praying, to justify
    To justify my love
    I'm open, to justify my love Writer/s: INGRID JULIA CHAVEZ, LENNY KRAVITZ, N MADONNA
    Publisher: REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 13

  • Rabbit Bunny from Westminster MdJustify My Love is Truly Daring Madonna Art Rock Brilliance! Madonna Forever!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 3rd 1990, Madonna's video for "Justify My Love" was aired on the ABC-TV late night program 'Nightline'; the week before MTV announced that they would not air the video on their cable channel...
    At the time the song was at #10 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; twenty-seven days later on December 30th it peaked at #1 for two weeks...
    It was her ninth of twelve #1 records on the Top 100 between the years 1984 to 2000.
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnThis song is pretty sexy. I love how Lenny Kravitz moans in the background, Madonna's most breathy vocals, hot!
  • Liv from New York, NyI love this song, I can't believe people were offended by it at the time of It's release. It's obviously sexual, but It's not vulgar or explicit. It's encouraging people to communicate with their partners and share their sexual desires, "tell me your dreams, am I in them?", It's an incredible song. I wish an artist would release something like this today, something that encourages sexual expression. Coming from a generation where adolescents grow up on porn, and are able to see anything they'd like to whenever they wish, I think It's important to remind people to sexually fantasize and communicate.
  • Daniel from Rio De Janeiro, BrazilActually, take the video controversy away and you'll notice this song sucks big time.
    It ended up overshadowing the nice "rescue me" which didn't even get a proper video (but rather a live one)
  • Lisa from Fort Worth, TxVery sexy song.....it has a very sexual backbeat....I love it!....It makes me think about my baby and me naughty time.....yummy
  • Reese from Calgary, CanadaI LOVE this song. This song is actually tied with "Erotica" for being my favourite Madonna song. The video is HOT! I loved it, Tony Ward...YUM! Unfortunately I was too young to buy the video when it was released for home video, but I can still download it from the internet, lol! This video also marked the beginning of Madonna's "Dark Era" which was made official by the release of "Erotica" in 1992, not to mention her explicit, and very controversial book, "Sex" (Vanilla Ice, is pretty hot when he's naked, ooh baby!) When the song was released it was called "one of Madonna's lowest artistic points" by critics. *sticks out his tongue!* If anything, this was where she shined the most. Madonna finally had attained enough star and staying power to get away with pretty much anything. "Just because I don't have a penis doesn't mean I'm inferior to men, because I do have a penis it's in my brain. I don't need to have the physical apparatus to symbolize my strength." Madonna said in a 1992 interview. The video fits the song beautifully, and the fact that it was filmed in a hotel in Paris, makes it even more authentic. If it was filmed in some motel off Route 66 somewhere, I can see how it could be determined as "sleazy"! But this is a beautiful video, erotic, and artistic. Nobody today would dare try to top this one...good thing too!
  • Ben from Dallas, TxThis is one of Madonna's best videos to date. People really should look past the subjective sexual atmosphere & appreciate it for all it is. Not only is it a great piece of video art, but it is a great song with a bumpin beat & awesome lyrics. The controversy surrounding the release of this video was a launching pad for many acts to express more in videos, in the early 1990s.
  • Andy from Hamilton, CanadaHEY, scott,
    grow up
  • Daniel from Leeds, EnglandThe video's quality
  • Melissa from Green Bay, WiActually, The Immaculate Collection had 2 new songs: Justify My Love and Rescue Me. Rescue Me was released in early 1991 and debuted in the Top 15, which at the time was one of the highest debuts ever on the Hot 100. However, the song didn't do as well as expected and peaked at #9, in part due to the Justify My Love controversy, and (maybe) because there wasn't a video to support the song.
  • Scott Baddwin from Edmonton, Englandthe videos sick
  • Connor from Woodbridge, Va10 years after she made her first hit with the ever lasting song holiday, she makes #1.
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