"Express Yourself" as written by and Stephen Bray . Madonna....
Baby
B-B-B-Baby
Come on girls
You believe in love
'Cause I've got something to sing about it
And it goes something like this

Don't go for second best baby
Put your love to the test you know, you know you've got to
Make him express how he feels and maybe
Then you'll know your love is real

You don't need diamond rings or eighteen karat gold
Fancy cars that go very fast you know they never last no, no
What you need is a big strong hand to
Lift you to your higher ground
Make you feel like a queen on a throne
Make him love you till you can't come down

Don't go for second best baby
Put your love to the test you know, you know you've got to
Make him express how he feels and maybe
Then you'll know your love is real

Long stem roses are the way to your heart but
He needs to start with your head
Satin sheets are very romantic
What happens when you're not in bed
You deserve the best in life
So if the time isn't right then move on
Second best is never enough
You'll do much better baby on your own

Don't go for second best baby
Put your love to the test you know, you know you've got to
Make him express how he feels and maybe
Then you'll know your love is real

Express yourself
You've got to make him
Express himself
Hey, hey, hey, hey
So if you want it right now, make him show you how
Express what he's got, oh baby ready or not
And when you're gone he might regret it
Think about the love he once had
Try to carry on, but he just won't get it
He'll be back on his knees to express himself
You've got to make him express himself, hey hey

Don't go for second best baby
Put your love to the test you know, you know you've got to
Make him express how he feels and maybe
Then you'll know your love is real

Express yourself
You've got to make him
Express himself
Hey, hey, hey, hey
So if you want it right now, make him show you how
Express what he's got, oh baby ready or not
Express yourself
Respect yourself, hey, hey
So if you want it right now, make him show you how
Express what he's got, oh baby ready or not
Express yourself


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"Express Yourself" as written by Madonna Ciccone Stephen Pate Bray

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  • +4
    General CommentI love this song. It's basically just about standing up for yourself in a relationship. She's begging women around the world to not go for "second-best" just because he treats them nicely in bed, but then is never there for them when they need it most. She wants women to find men that will make them feel beautiful and special and give them strength, rather than being with men that degrade and humiliate them.

    She adds that, if the men won't show how they feel, that the women should leave, and if they really do love their women, they'll be "back on their knees to express" themselves.
    out of the skyon February 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOMG. Only 2 comments? This is such a great song.
    Andrew Evenstaron September 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLOVE this song...it's about testing his love for you...if you let him go and make him miss you he shall realize (during this time without you) and may come crawling back...never take 2nd place;) ..do something drastic and he will realize something and express himself!
    SeReNiTyYon November 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationExpress Yourself-anthem is called. One of Madonna signature Dance/Rock artworks-and a live staple! Classic Madonna!
    rabbitbunnyon May 22, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood song.
    GoofyGooberon April 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI started dating again and fell in love with this song in a whole new way. It's so empowering!!

    This song to me is about letting a man prove his devotion and love for you, and WALKING if he isn't showing you the signs.

    That means he calls when he says he will. He asks you out, and reserves his weekends for you. He supports you when you need his support. He'll listen to you. He'll kiss you like he means it. He'll make love to you unselfishly. He'll tell you he loves you, he'll never leave you guessing. That's when you know he loves you. Anything other than that is just pussy footing and you don't have TIME for that.

    Ladies, sit back and relax. Let the man do the work. Let your man prove his devotion to you. You don't need to text him, or call him, or ask him out, or do anything. If a man loves a woman, he'll do all of that. In the meantime, go be your awesome self and get busy with achieving your goals. Work hard. Get a makeover and pamper yourself, take good care of your beautiful body. The right guy won't hesitate to win you over.
    moosequestrianon February 07, 2017   Link

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