Bedtime Story



Lyrics

Today is the last day
That I'm using words
They've gone out
Lost their meaning
Don't function anymore

Let's
Let's
Let's get unconscious honey
Let's get unconscious honey

Today is the last day
That I'm using words
They've gone out
Lost their meaning
Don't function anymore

Traveling
Leaving logic and reason
Traveling
To the arms of unconsciousness
Traveling
Leaving logic and reason
Traveling
To the arms of unconsciousness

Let's get unconscious honey
Let's get unconscious
Let's get unconscious honey
Let's get unconscious

Words are useless
Especially sentences
They don't stand for anything
How could they explain how I feel

Traveling, traveling
I'm traveling
Traveling, traveling
Leaving logic and reason
Traveling, traveling
I'm gonna relax
Traveling, traveling
In the arms of unconsciousness

Let's get unconscious honey
Let's get unconscious
Let's get unconscious honey
Let's get unconscious

And inside
We're all still wet
Longing and yearning
How can I explain how I feel

Let's get unconscious honey
Let's get unconscious
Let's get unconscious honey
Let's get unconscious

Traveling, traveling
Traveling, traveling
Traveling, traveling
Traveling, traveling
In the arms of unconsciousness

And all that you've ever learned
Try to forget
I'll never explain again

Credits

Written by Nellee Hooper, Björk and Marius DeVries
Produced by Nellee Hooper and Madonna


Album



Single

Bedtime Story, the singleNellee Hooper had written this song with Björk and then brought it to Madonna, who recorded it because she thought it was 'astonishing'. It eventually inspired the album title and in the spring of 1995 Madonna released it as third single. The trancy sound can be seen as an early preview of Madonna's electronic pop which she used years later on Ray Of Light.

To promote the Bedtime Story single, Madonna held a pyjama party with friends and fans. It didn't boast sales though: the single only reached #42 in the US, ending Madonna's record of 32 consecutive top 40 hits. In the UK it got to #4 and in Australia to #5. The only successful charting was in the Hot Dance / Club Play, where it reached #1. Madonna realized that the song was mostly popular with dance audiences and gave a stunning performance of the fantastic Junior's Wet Dream Remix at the 1995 Brit Awards.


Video

Bedtime Story, the videoThe Mark Romanek video is - like the song - one of Madonna's most experimental. It visualizes the concept of the song, showing images that seem like a dream or some other state of 'unconsciousness'. Madonna - wearing a variety of spectacular blond wigs - floats through the air, gives birth to doves and lays down on a surreal operation table. At the end of the video, her face is shown, with eyes and mouth in switched position, inspired by Frida Kahlo's paintings. The video - with a rumoured budget of $2 million - was subject to many discussions among fans. It has earned a place in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.




Tour

Bedtime Story @ Re-Invention TourThis song was skipped on the Drowned World Tour, but it was the only track from the Bedtime Stories album that was included in the Re-Invention Tour setlist. But then it still wasn't a live performance. However, the stunning video, set to the Orbital Mix, easily made up for that. Having the same mysterious feel, it gives a nod to the original Bedtime Story video along with the Human Nature video. It shows M with straight blond hair, completely dressed in white and her reversed reflection, which gives a great effect. All through the video, there's a white horse running up a hill. Director Dago Gonzalez saw the mare as a mirror soul of Madonna: beautiful, strong, indomitable and elegant. The interlude video allows her to keep eye contact with the audience while being off stage to change clothes. Meanwhile on stage, 3 female dancers performed on large swings, sometimes coming over the heads of the people in front rows. At the end, the large front screens cover up the stage like at the beginning of the show.

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