"In This Life" as written by and Madonna Ciccone Shep Pettibone....
Sitting on a park bench
Thinking about a friend of mine
He was only twenty three
Gone before he had his time
It came without a warning
Didn't want his friends to see him cry
He knew the day was dawning
And I didn't have a chance to say goodbye

In this life I loved you most of all
What for?
'Cause now you're gone and I have to ask myself
What for?

What for?
Driving down the boulevard
Thinking about a man I knew
He was like a father to me
Nothing in the world that he wouldn't do
Taught me to respect myself
He said that we're all made of flesh and blood
Why should he be treated differently
Shouldn't matter who you choose to love

In this life I loved you most of all
What for?
'Cause now you're gone and I have to ask myself
What for?

People pass by and I wonder who's next
Who determines, who knows best
Is there a lesson I'm supposed to learn in this case
Ignorance is not bliss

In this life I loved you most of all
What for?
'Cause now you're gone and I have to ask myself
What for?

People pass by and I wonder who's next
Who determines who knows best
Is there a lesson I'm supposed to learn in this case
Ignorance is not bliss

Have you ever watched your best friend die (what for)
Have you ever watched a grown man cry (what for)
Some say that life isn't fair (what for)
I say that people just don't care (what for)
They'd rather turn the other way (what for)
And wait for this thing to go away (what for)
Why do we have to pretend (what for)
Some day I pray it will end

I hope it's in this life
I hope it's in this life time

I hope it's in this life
I hope it's in this life time


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"In This Life" as written by Madonna Ciccone Shep Pettibone

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  • +2
    General CommentVery sad but beautiful song. It's about Christopher Flynn, her mentor, and Martin Burgoyne, one of her friends from the early '80s, who both died of AIDS.
    out of the skyon February 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis was the deepest song off of the Erotica album. This song is about tow close friends of Madonna died of AIDS.
    skaterboy1988on May 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentvery pretty, but sad song
    alex_0203on February 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    MemoryBeautiful Cicccone Detroit ballad In This Life-maybe even Madonna's saddest-ever performance! The song is about two early friends of hers who meant a lot to her and both succumbed to AIDS. In This Life has a timeless message for a Madonna tune. Love knows no season-it haunts the soul eternally-call In This Life Madonna's version of Mozart's A Little Night Music and Robert Johnson's Hellhound on My Trail. Sad, powerful and heartbreaking-that is In This Life-a ballad so good and sad that Madonna will take to her grave, In This Life=Madonna Brilliance!
    rabbitbunnyon November 26, 2012   Link
  • -2
    General CommentMadonna probably passed it on to him :(
    boygonebadon November 25, 2012   Link

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