This is the first song you hear when u put on the "Ray of Light" album, as an opener for a new album this is as good as it gets, easing you into the new post "Evita" Madonna sound. As a single it stands alone as a simple, beautiful piece of songwriting. The theme is a favourite one of the rich and famous...that being a celebrity is sometimes a pain. Usually this sentiment really gets on my nerves but i am inclined to bow to Ms Ritchie's knowledge in these matters, what with her being the biggest star on the planet for the last 20 years.
Without being moany or preachy Madonna gives an insight into the world of celebrity, where people are regarded as commodities and what its like having to be constantly on your guard for people on the make, never knowing whether you are loved for who you are or what you are.
The melody is a deceptively simple one, difficult to categorise (this is not a ballad as such but nor is it an uptempo dance number)which gradually builds into a rail about the things that celebrity, fame and wealth can't and won't bring you. The ultimate moral being that money can't buy you love or security.
Madonna's real power lies in her ability to appeal to the masses and get across her very personal issues, and this song is a great example of that, lyrically raw and real and relevant, it is also a fantastic "Pop" song that has remained my favourite for a couple of years and will be hard to better.