Madonna takes aim at ex-husband Guy Ritchie in feisty lyrics in the song “I Don’t Give a . . . ” on her next album, “MDNA.”
The song — which hints at losing her identity in the eight-year marriage, which ended in 2008 — includes the lines, “I tried to be a good girl/I tried to be your wife/Diminished myself/And I swallowed my light/I tried to become all/That you expect of me/And if it was a failure/I don’t give a [bleep].”
What could be Madonna’s most personal lyrics yet created a buzz at the invite-only playback of the superstar’s album by longtime press agent Liz Rosenberg Friday night at The Agency Group in New York.
While no printed lyrics were provided, M sounds in a fighting mood. In a song titled “Bang Bang,” we taste more Madonna rage, also perhaps directed at Ritchie. Lyrics include, “Bang bang, shot you dead/Shot my lover in the head/Now my lover is dead/And I have no regrets/He deserved it/And I’m going straight to hell/And I got a lot of friends there/And if I see that bitch in hell/I’m gonna shoot him in the head again/Cuz I want to see him die/Over and over.” Ouch.
Madonna and Ritchie wed in 2000, and he reportedly got up to a $92 million settlement in their split. They share custody of sons Rocco and David Banda. Hinting at some acrimony, Ritchie told Details in November, “I stepped into a soap opera.”
But the “MDNA” album, due out March 26, does include some love. There’s a dreamy song called “Superstar” which includes vocals by Madonna’s daughter Lourdes.
Rosenberg last night refused to confirm the lyrics, but said, “If those are the words you heard . . . I have not heard Madonna explain whether the lyrics are autobiographical or not. She doesn’t often explain lyrics to her songs, and she did have a few writing collaborators. I can only confirm that the response from the music press who heard the album was really exciting. They seemed to love it.”
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