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  • +5
    General Comment:I think the song is about a woman giving a guy a blowjob.

    "I'm down on my knees, I wanna take you there
    In the midnight hour I can feel your power"

    Those two lines are repeated throughout the song and this is just my interpretation of it. I would like to know what everyone else thinks.
    SoylentBlueon May 14, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:The song isn't about a blowjob or worshipping the devil!

    If you look at the lyrics of the song, other songs in the album, and even parts of the music video, the answer seems clear to me - Madonna is questioning her faith as a Catholic/Christian, and is looking to god (the power itself, not of a religion) for an answer. There is so much hypocrasy in religion that she's found it hard to believe everything that she was taught to believe from the bible. This also explains why there's a burning of a cross in the music video. The controversy of it is an added bonus for her as well. Finally, not long after Like a Prayer, Madonna started getting interested and involved with Kabbalah. Therefore, the song is about religion, NOT a sexual experience.
    mmm10on January 29, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I think it is about love that is so freely spirited that she feels like she is having a religous experience. You have to read between the lines or you will think it is about a blow job. You can have lots of fun trying to interpret Madonna's songs.
    suttonmomon November 27, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:Sorry, but I agree that it's about a sexual experience (not specifically a blowjob, but that does work).

    To be more exact, my interpretation was it's a more submissive girl singing to someone more dominant over her. She may be considering him almost as her god, hence the religous sounding references. But the sexual references are too blatent for it to just be a "religous experience".

    apologies about my english, not my first language
    koyisxoxoon July 27, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:Definitely about blowjobs 100%

    Sorry if the truth hurts.
    LordSitrion February 06, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Holy shit! I thought it was a blowjob too!...and my friend was telling me that it was a religious experience, but then if it really was a prayer it would be "A Prayer" not "Like A Prayer"...you see? the "like" is the key. Oh yeah, the Rufio cover is rad.
    pilsburypunkeron July 16, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:its not just about a blowjob. its about the love represented therein. shes clearly giving this man a blowjob, its pretty easy to see, but its also equating the lust and the love that she feels to religion and the passion she gets from that (because lust and love are, after all, both forms of passion). clearly being on her knees is representing both prayer and giving head.
    dead eroson April 07, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:i think it's about having a deep and overpowering love for someone, intertwined with the religion concept and, well, sex.

    "When you call my name it's like a little prayer
    I'm down on my knees, I wanna take you there
    In the midnight hour I can feel your power
    Just like a prayer you know I'll take you there"

    A couple often call out each other's name whilst making love. This makes her feel a heavenly sensation, like god is touching her. When she's down on her knees, she's firstly in the position for praying, but at the same time being submissive to her lover (maybe giving him a blow job), so her love and her prayer for god trancesend each other. She wants her lover to feel the same way, to feel touched by god just as she does when they make love. She feels both her lover's and god's power, the midnight hour may be referred to as something evil and distressing in her life, that she copes with, due to her love. For the final line of the chorus, she once again, describes her love for this man (the black jesus, maybe?) and again, tells him that she's willing to 'take him there'. 'There' seems to be the a spiritual place, that Madonna is taken to my her love, a heavenly place that she wants both her and her lover to be there.

    Summed up, my interpretation is this song is pretty much about sex, but not in a filthy, pornagraphic "fuck ya all over" kind of way. But in a powerful, passionate way. Making love can be such a heavenly thing, that it can only be compared with a 'prayer' communicating with god, the sensation you feel whilst making love.

    I could be wrong though, which means I've wasted quite a while trying to interprete this song, but its certainly what the song means to me.
    Tom_999on March 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I cant believe how many people think this is about a blowjob. Its ridiculous.

    Tbis song is about the correlation between being in love and having a relgious experience. Let me break it down.

    "Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone
    I hear you call my name
    And it feels like home"

    Ok, here she is saying that she loves this person so much that when she hears him call her name she feels safe and secure kind of like someone who has been saved feels safe in the home of God's kingdom.


    "When you call my name it's like a little prayer
    I'm down on my knees, I wanna take you there
    In the midnight hour I can feel your power
    Just like a prayer you know I'll take you there"

    Again, its like prayer has been answered that she has fallen so madly in love. Also, some religons are known for late night masses such as Catholics and their midnight masses where the "power" of the Lord is felt.

    "I hear your voice, it's like an angel sighing
    I have no choice, I hear your voice
    Feels like flying
    I close my eyes, Oh God I think I'm falling
    Out of the sky, I close my eyes
    Heaven help me"

    When she hears his voice, its melodic and soothing like an angel singing and being in love with him is like walking on air. Falling out of the sky refers to the intensity that she is falling for me and "Heaven help me" is saying she is out of control with her feeling.

    "Like a child you whisper softly to me
    You're in control just like a child
    Now I'm dancing
    It's like a dream, no end and no beginning
    You're here with me, it's like a dream
    Let the choir sing"

    This refers to being love just like being a child with not a care in the world.In other words, her love is a dream, something she hopes to never wakes up from.

    The on my knees bit is not a blow job but symbolizes prayer in relgion and in love which she is praying to. This song shows how we as people tend to put more faith in the ones we "love" than the ones that created us. I hate religon and this song was the easiest to figure out. A blowjob? Perverts I say.
    acidsexon December 10, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:to the person above me.... you shoudnt be a fan of madonna if the thought of a heavenly sexual experience makes you sick to your stomach.. you probably don`t understand half of her songs :/
    jasssson April 21, 2007   Link

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