"Act Of Contrition" as written by and Madonna Ciccone Patrick Leonard....
For thou art the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy...

Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee
And I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishment
But most of all, because I have offended Thee, oh my God
Who art all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace
To confess my sins, to do penance, to amend my life,
And to avoid the temptations of evil.

Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee
And I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishment
But most of all, because my God, I have offended Thee
Who art all good
Like I knew you would
And deserving of all my love
I reserve, I reserve, I reserve
I reserve, I resolve
I have a reservation
I have a reservation!
What do you mean it's not in the computer


Lyrics submitted by spliphstar

"Act of Contrition" as written by Madonna Ciccone Patrick Leonard

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Act Of Contrition song meanings
Add your thoughts

8 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentThis song fucking scared me. I was listening to it alone at night, and I mean it already sounded creepy in the beginning, but when Madonna yelled "What do you mean it's not in the computer?" it made me jump out of my seat.
    jkisauon July 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTotally agree with Mark on this one.

    I think the song is meant to be ironic. Like he stated, people use religion as an excuse for any bad behavior, then can repent, and even in the midst of repentance, pledging to God that they will mend their ways in the same breath they continue to behave badly, hence the lyric:

    I reserve, I reserve, I reserve
    I reserve, I resolve
    I have a reservation
    I have a reservation!
    What do you mean it's not in the computer??!!

    In the midst of a prayer begging to be forgiven for being an asshole, she begins yelling at someone for something completely arbitrary.

    mikeygoestohollywoodon March 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk, I'm quite confused by this one. At first I thought it was Madonna apologising to God if this album is considered in anyway Blasphemous, but the ending of the song throws me "what do you mean its not in the computer??!!" If someone could interprete it, that'd be great.
    Tom_999on July 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song shows how people use religion as an excuse to behave horribly. you say a prayer and everything is forgiven and then you continue to act selfishly knowing that wou will be forgiven with a simple "act of contrition".
    mark902on January 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok it's about praying for sins:
    Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee
    And I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishment
    but she tries to find a hotel room
    i have a reservation!

    but then finally listen:
    WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT'S NOT IN THE COMPUTER???!!!
    she can't find the true meaning of life.
    madge809on June 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe is asking forgiveness to be allowed into Heaven, but Heaven doesn't have her reservation on the computer. Better luck next life.
    dcassuson October 10, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the fact that she's acting while saying "I have a reservation! What do you mean is not in the computer?". It seems like she's going straight to hell (and she got a lot of friends there).

    "Act of Contrition" is almost a reversed version of "Like a Prayer", including the lyrics. "Like a Prayer" is the first track of the album and Madonna's a religious person in the begging. "Act of Contrition" is the last track, in the end of the abum Madonna's not happy about not having her name in the list to heaven. I think this is a sarcastic song about hypocrites and church's moralism.
    gkharloon December 25, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentShe see Heaven as a Hotel. "I have a reservation!
    What do you mean it's not in the computer??!!" Bye bye Maddy! Hell waits you.That is why she get so angry and scream like that.
    Anyway what she really mean that only pray will not take you to Heaven as the Catholic Church say.
    annazoffon July 01, 2007   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain