Like A Virgin

Album: Like A Virgin (1984)
Charted: 3 1
  • I made it through the wilderness
    Somehow I made it through
    Didn't know how lost I was
    Until I found you

    I was beat
    Incomplete
    I'd been had, I was sad and blue
    But you made me feel
    Yeah, you made me feel
    Shiny and new

    Hoo, like a virgin
    Touched for the very first time
    Like a virgin
    When your heart beats
    Next to mine

    Gonna give you all my love, boy
    My fear is fading fast
    Been saving it all for you
    'Cause only love can last

    You're so fine
    And you're mine
    Make me strong, yeah you make me bold
    Oh your love thawed out
    Yeah, your love thawed out
    What was scared and cold

    Like a virgin, hey
    Touched for the very first time
    Like a virgin
    With your heartbeat
    Next to mine

    Whoa
    Whoa, ah
    Whoa

    You're so fine
    And you're mine
    I'll be yours
    'Til the end of time
    'Cause you made me feel
    Yeah, you made me feel
    I've nothing to hide

    Like a virgin, hey
    Touched for the very first time
    Like a virgin
    With your heartbeat
    Next to mine

    Like a virgin, ooh ooh
    Like a virgin
    Feels so good inside
    When you hold me
    And your heart beats
    And you love me

    Oh oh, ooh whoa Writer/s: Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 18

  • Nico from Paris, FranceI heard another theory. I suppose it's possible, given the increasing squishiness of males in the Western world, that a man conceived and wrote this song to show his feelings. But I have to admit part of me hopes the alternative theory is true:

    According to the other theory, Madonna had just tried it up from behind for the first time. The pain, novelty and sensations reminded her of the pain, novelty and sensations of the first time she'd been with a man period. So, she sang about it as an ode to losing... shall we say a *different* kind of virginity long after the standard one was gone.
  • Amy from Pensacola, FlThe idea to write the song Like A Virgin came from a review of A Chorus Line by Frank Rich of the New York Times Oct '83 titled "A Chorus of Love". It is also the same article which the real Amy Lee who wrote Like A Virgin came up with the band name Evanescence while writing those songs at the age of 15 after Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and an unknown Kurt Cobain discovered her. Kurt was on tour with Def Leppard in May of '83 working on the road crew. Some bands use young artist to work on the crews as guitar, drum techs, etc.
  • Larry from Coral Springs, FlI saw an ad with a girl not even 10 years old had a doll with her in bed and singing this song. I thought ooh geezuz...this is what's happening to little kids who are exposed to such music..very bad influence. Don't get me wrong..I like the song myself.. but not for little kids whom are of not mature age
  • John from Eugene, OrTony Thompson played drums on this recording. read the interview with one of the co-writersw of this song, Billy Steinberg, in Songfacts. It's a nice long interview about the various songs he wrote and the artists who recorded them. John in Eugene 12202010
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnI still love this song. Oh the irony!
  • Austin from Smallsville,new England, --What Cj is refering to comes from Quinten Tarantino's "Resevoir Dogs"(1992). In the opening scene the gangsters are argueing what the song means. Heres the dialouge.
    Mr. Brown: Let me tell you what 'Like a Virgin' is about. It's all about a girl who digs a guy with a big dick. The entire song. It's a metaphor for big dicks.
    Mr. Blonde: No, no. It's about a girl who is very vulnerable. She's been f--ked over a few times. Then she meets some guy who's really sensitive...
    Mr. Brown: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa... Time out Greenbay. Tell that f--king bulls--t to the tourists.
    Joe: Toby... Who the f--k is Toby? Toby...
    Mr. Brown: 'Like a Virgin' is not about this nice girl who meets a nice fella. That's what "True Blue" is about, now, granted, no argument about that.
    Mr. Orange: Which one is 'True Blue'?
    Nice Guy Eddie: 'True Blue' was a big ass hit for Madonna. I don't even follow this Tops In Pops s--t, and I've at least heard of "True Blue".
    Mr. Orange: Look, asshole, I didn't say I ain't heard of it. All I asked was how does it go? Excuse me for not being the world's biggest Madonna fan.
    Mr. Orange: Personally, I can do without her.
    Mr. Blue: I like her early stuff. You know, 'Lucky Star', 'Borderline' - but once she got into her 'Papa Don't Preach' phase, I don't know, I tuned out.
    Mr. Brown: Hey, you guys are making me lose my... train of thought here. I was saying something, what was it?
    Joe: Oh, Toby was this Chinese girl, what was her last name?
    Mr. White: What's that?
    Joe: I found this old address book in a jacket I ain't worn in a coon's age. What was that name?
    Mr. Brown: What the f--k was I talking about?
    Mr. Pink: You said 'True Blue' was about a nice girl, a sensitive girl who meets a nice guy, and that 'Like a Virgin' was a metaphor for big dicks.
    Mr. Brown: Lemme tell you what 'Like a Virgin' is about. It's all about this cooze who's a regular f--k machine, I'm talking morning, day, night, afternoon, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick.
    Mr. Blue: How many dicks is that?
    Mr. White: A lot.
    Mr. Brown: Then one day she meets this John Holmes motherf--ker and it's like, whoa baby, I mean this cat is like Charles Bronson in the 'Great Escape', he's digging tunnels. Now, she's gettin' the serious dick action and she's feeling something she ain't felt since forever. Pain. Pain.
    Joe: Chew? Toby Chew?
    Mr. Brown: It hurts her. It shouldn't hurt her, you know, her pussy should be Bubble Yum by now, but when this cat f--ks her it hurts. It hurts just like it did the first time. You see the pain is reminding a f--k machine what it once was like to be a virgin. Hence, 'Like a Virgin'.
  • Cj from Vermont, VtHow old is Madonna now? A hundred? JK. But anyways I perfer Quentin's theory seeing as thats where I first heard about the song. lol
  • David from Christchurch, New ZealandBilly Steinberg and Tom Kelly didn't hear Madonna or hear the song until it was released as a single. In 1989, Billy and Tom met Madonna for the first time at Freddy DeMann's(Madonna's manager) 50th birthday party, Billy Steinberg told her with a big smile 'Madonna, I've wanted to meet you for so long.' She replied, "Well, now you did,'" and walked away. Billy and Tom says they have never met Madonna since.

    Source: Heart & Soul: Revealing the Craft of Songwriting by Chris Bradford. Interview with Billy Steinberg.
  • Matthew from Dalton, PaCorrection, Cheryl. Madonna was threatened with arrest in Toronto. When told of this, she said "Great. I'm not gonna change my f---ing show."
  • Amanda from Little Rock, ArThis is by far the best song of Madonna's career and is one of the best pop songs of all time. An 80s classic.
  • Alex from Gatineau, CanadaDuring "Like A Virgin" album recording sessions, Nile Rodgers was unconvinced this song would fly as a single. He insisted the track was not strong enough as a dance track to be passable as the first single from Madonna's album. Rodgers preferred the peppy "Material Girl" as the album's first offering.

    Madonna insisted this song be released first, and eventually prevailed...and was proven the wiser. Like A Virgin was #1 for 6 weeks (the last time anyone would spend that long atop the US charts until 1991), Material Girl was #2.
  • Amelia from CastellÃ?n, SpainJim Broadbent (in his Harold Zidler's role) sings this song in "Moulin Rouge", in one scene where Satine is sick and can't go to see the Duke. He starts singing it, because he says that the reason for her not being there is that she is praying and that she feels "Like a Virgin"
  • Meh from Cheyenne, WyIn Truth Or Dare/In Bed With Madonna, the scene where she is threatened to be arrested takes place in Toronto, Canada, not Italy.
  • Claire from Oak Ridge, Tnin my opinion and in the opinions of others I know, the first single is sometimes the best and most famous. "Like A Virgin' is a decently good example of this theory.
  • Tessa from Ottawa, CanadaMy boyfriend thinks it's about a guy whos penis is bigger than shes used to...
  • Alex from New Orleans, LaMadonna actually predicted Weird Al would parody this. She said "Has Weird Al made 'Like A Surgeon' yet?"
  • Cheryl from Melbourne, AustraliaMovie "In Bed with Madonna" shows her being threatened with arrest by Italian police if she performs this on her tour in Italy. She performs it anyway and isn't arrested.
  • Connor from Woodbridge, VaMadonna, sadly, ditched her skuffy punk look because of the media reaction.
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