Keep It Together



Lyrics

Keep, keep it together
Forever keep people together
Keep, keep it together
Forever keep people together
Keep, keep it together
Forever keep people together
Keep, keep it together
Forever keep people together

I got brothers
I got some sisters too
Stuck in the middle
Tell you what I'm gonna do
Gonna get out of here
I'm gonna leave this place
So I can forget
Every single hungry face
I'm tired of sharing all the hand me downs
To get attention
I must always be the clown
I wanna be different
I wanna be on my own
But Daddy said listen
You will always have a home

Keep it together in the family
They're a reminder of your history
Brothers and sisters, they hold the key
To your heart and your soul
Don't forget that your family is gold

I hit the big time
But I still get the blues
Everyone's a stranger
City life can get to you
People can be so cold
Never want to turn your back
Just givin' to get something
Always wanting something back
When I get lonely and I need to be
Loved for who I am not what they want to see
Brothers and sisters
They've always been there for me
We have a connection
Home is where the heart should be

Keep it together in the family
They're a reminder of your history
Brothers and sisters, they hold the key
To your heart and your soul
Don't forget that your family is gold

When I look back on all the misery
And all the heartache that they brought to me
I wouldn't change it for another chance
'Cause blood is thicker than any other circumstance

Keep, keep it together
Forever keep people together
Keep, keep it together
Forever keep people together

When I get lonely and I need to be
Loved for who I am not what they want to see
Brothers and sisters
They've always been there for me
We have a connection
Home is where the heart should be

When I look back on all the misery
And all the heartache that they brought to me
I wouldn't change it for another chance
'Cause blood is thicker than any circumstance

Keep it together in the family
They're a reminder of your history
Brothers and sisters, they hold the key
To your heart and your soul
Don't forget that your family is gold

Keep, keep it together
Keep people together forever and ever
Keep, keep it together
Keep people together forever and ever
(repeat & fade)

Credits

Written by Madonna and Steve Bray
Produced by Madonna and Steve Bray


Album

Like A Prayer, the album
Like A Prayer


Single

Keep It Together, the singleIn January 1990 the US received a fifth and final single from the album. Though famous for ending the Blond Ambition show, this tribute to family values didn't score higher than #8 in the US chart (though certified Gold). Making it to #1 on the Hot Dance / Club Play, it gave the Like A Prayer album a total of three #1s on that chart. In Japan and Canada the single got respectively to #5 and #22. In Australia it was released as a double A-side single with Vogue in the spring of 1990 and topped that chart for 5 weeks. It wasn't released commercially in Europe.


Video / Tour

Keep It Together @ Blond Ambition TourReason for the rather low chart positions and for the fact that Keep It Together is - like Rescue Me, The Look Of Love, One More Chance and Nothing Fails, to name a few - one of the forgotten singles, is probably because it didn't have an official video. However, some music channels showed the great performance at the Blond Ambition Tour as an afterthought. Dressed in black straps, a bowler hat and knee caps, Madonna and her dancers did a fantastic choreography with chairs, after Madonna sang Sly & The Family Stone's 'A Family Affair' as intro. At the end all the musicians, dancers and collaborators came to say good-bye to Madonna. When the last musician stopped playing and disappeared under the stage, Madonna was left alone on stage finishing off the stage with a powerful repeat of her line "Keep people together forever and ever".

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