Borderline



Lyrics

Something in the way you love me won't let me be
I don't want to be your prisoner
So baby won't you set me free
Stop playing with my heart
Finish what you start
When you make my love come down
If you want me let me know
Baby let it show
Honey don't you fool around

Just try to understand
I've given all I can
'Cause you got the best of me

Borderline
Feels like I'm going to lose my mind
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline
Borderline
Feels like I'm going to lose my mind
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline

Keep on pushing me baby
Don't you know you drive me crazy
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline

Something in your eyes is makin' such a fool of me
When you hold me in your arms you love me til I just can't see
But then you let me down
When I look around
Baby you just can't be found
Stop driving me away
I just wanna stay
There's something I just got to say

Just try to understand
I've given all I can
'Cause you got the best of me

Borderline
Feels like I'm going to lose my mind
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline
Borderline
Feels like I'm going to lose my mind
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline

Keep on pushing me baby
Don't you know you drive me crazy
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline

Look what your love has done to me
Come on baby set me free
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline
You cause me so much pain
I think I'm going insane
What does it take to make you see
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline

Keep pushing me, keep pushing me
Keep pushing my love
(You just keep on pushing my love)
Common baby
(Over the borderline)
Common darling
Yeah

Credits

Written by Reggie Lucas
Produced by Reggie Lucas
Synthesizers by Dean Gant, Fred Zarr and Ed Walsh
Electric and acoustic pianos by Dean Gant and Fred Zarr
Guitars by Reggie Lucas and Ira Siegal
Drum programming by Reggie Lucas and Leslie Ming
Tenor saxophone by Bobby Malach
Electric bass by Anthony Jackson
Background vocals by Gwen Guthrie, Norma Jean Wright, Madonna, Brenda White and Chrissy Faith


Album



Single

Borderline, the single In this love song Madonna asks her boyfriend to make up his mind, because she's crazy in love with him. The fans were crazy about the song too, because Madonna scored her first US top 10 hit when she released Borderline as final single of her debut album on February 15, 1984 (US). Europe would get it in June 1984. It would become her first Gold certification. In the UK at first it only got to #56, but after the first album was re-issued in 1985, Borderline re-entered the singles chart in January 1986 and made it to #2 (only to be blocked from #1 by Billy Ocean's 'When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going').


Video

Borderline, the video This was the first video by Mary Lambert, who would later also direct Like A Virgin, Material Girl, La Isla Bonita and Like A Prayer. In this video we see Madonna as a colorful street girl, toying with one of the boys. Then a photographer gets interested in her and she lets him take pictures while she sips champagne. Later though she gets bored and tries to win back the heart of her boyfriend. Lambert creates a contrast with color scenes in the street (with the boyfriend) and black & white scenes during the photoshoots. It was the first Madonna video that got sustained play on MTV.



Tour

Borderline @ Virgin Tour Performed for the first time on the Virgin Tour, Madonna certainly didn't do justice to this great single as she cut out the second verse and quickly ran through the song in only two minutes. The performance was uneventful with Madonna all alone onstage just walking around.

Borderline @ Sticky & Sweet Tour It took an incredible 23 years for Madonna to finally put Borderline back in a tour setlist. The Sticky & Sweet version got an early 80s rock makeover featuring Madonna, dressed in the Old School outfit, playing her colourful electric guitar, turning this sweet song into a rocking anthem. On the 2009 leg, instead of Borderline, another oldie got the spotlight: Dress You Up.

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