Staring up into the heavens,
In this hell that binds your hands,
Will you sacrifice your comfort,
Make your way in a foreign land?
It’s fitting that the iPod should select ‘Isaac’ from 2005’s Confessions on a Dance Floor album, as it was released almost exactly five years ago. While never a single, ‘Isaac’ was one of the more challenging, and enjoyable, tracks from the record, named after the guy who also sang on it (and joined Madonna on her Confessions Tour). I love how Madonna can do such an adventurous yet danceable track like this and incorporate some rather deep and dark lyrics.
Wrestle with your darkness,
Angels call your name,
Can you hear what they are saying?
Will you ever be the same?
For all the frothy non-stop dance-party fun the Confessions album was supposed to be, this track is a pleasant reminder that even when she’s getting down, Madonna can still get deep.
Open up my heart,
Cause my lips to speak,
Bring the heaven and the stars
Down to earth for me.
As for her performance of the song on the Confessions Tour, well, just show me one other entertainer out there who could do this, and try to tell me you’re not impressed.