"Open Your Heart" as written by . Madonna, Gardner Cole and Peter Rafelson....
Watch out!

I see you on the street and you walk on by
You make me want to hang my head down and cry
If you gave me half a chance you'd see
My desire burning inside of me
But you choose to look the other way
I've had to work much harder than this
For something I want don't try to resist me

Open your heart to me, baby
I hold the lock and you hold the key
Open your heart to me, darlin'
I'll give you love if you, you turn the key

I think that you're afraid to look in my eyes
You look a little sad boy, I wonder why
I follow you around but you can't see
You're too wrapped up in yourself to notice
So you choose to look the other way
Well, I've got something to say
Don't try to run I can keep up with you
Nothing can stop me from trying, you've got to

Open your heart to me, baby
I hold the lock and you hold the key
Open your heart to me, darlin'
I'll give you love if you, you turn the key

Open your heart with the key
One is such a lonely number

Ah, ah, ah, ah
Open your heart, I'll make you love me
It's not that hard, if you just turn the key

Don't try to run I can keep up with you
Nothing can stop me from trying, you've got to

Open your heart to me, baby
I hold the lock and you hold the key
Open your heart to me, darlin'
I'll give you love if you, you turn the key

Open your heart with the key

Open your heart, I'll make you love me (C'mon baby)
It's not that hard, if you just turn the key (I'm gonna give it to you)
Open your heart, I'll make you love me (Ow, c'mon baby)
It's not that hard, if you just turn the key (Watch out, watch out, watch out, watch out)
Open your heart, I'll make you love me (Ow, c'mon baby)
It's not that hard, if you just turn the key (Watch out, watch out, watch out, watch out)
Open your heart, I'll make you love me (I'm gonna give it to you)
It's not that hard, if you just turn the key (Hm, c'mon baby)


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"Open Your Heart" as written by . Madonna, Gardner Cole, Peter Rafelson

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  • +2
    General CommentI don't think one can actually make anyone love anyone...as in
    "I'll make you love me". Sounds threatening lol.
    Thia007on November 30, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have felt this way sooooo bad its not even funny, and sadly I screwed up once I got to where I could have had him........:'( *biggest regret of my life* Great song though, god must have listened to it a million times back then....
    MayorMenleyon December 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about unrequited love. She feels this burning, passionate love for this guy, but he tries to avoid falling for her.

    There's also a sexual double meaning in some of the lyrics, "I hold the lock and you hold the key", which becomes more apparent when you watch the Blond Ambition performance.
    out of the skyon February 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about trying to change someone. I have defiantly felt this way about someone and tried to change them. It never turns out the way that you like because unless they want to change it's only a show.
    dy929on June 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have a very strong memories whenever I hear this song...reminds me of watching my Aunties 'Immaculate Collection' Video when I was really young, over and and over again, and just being in awe. This video stands out to me for some unknown reason more than the others. Always loved the song.
    mirandajuneon September 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGOD! what is the matter with everyone?? There should be at least 200 comments on this song! Anyway, I love it and I love Madonna.
    wayla1234on January 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics do seem to be about unrequited love.

    What is interesting in that in the music video, I got the sense that it was more about censorship, or about backlash from the media about Madonna's sexual image.
    humantoasteron June 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIn the video clip and on the MDNA Tour over a quarter-century later, in hard rocker #1 hit Open Your Heart, we see Madonna and her charming boy Rocco walking hand in hand together-Mother Madge loves Rocco unconditionally-She writes and sings-no, make that cries and smiles to him "I See You on the street and you walk on by/You make me want to hang my head down and Cry!...Open Your Heart/I'll Make You Love Me!" Rocco Cries to his mother "Maman Madge, why are you Sad?" Madonna said to her son "It's Because I Love You! You are the best thing that has happened to me! I Love You!" And So It Shall Be! Open Your Heart=Brilliant and Beautiful Madonna Tune! Madonna at her Romantic and Heartfelt Best!
    rabbitbunnyon June 05, 2012   Link
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    General Commentit's interesting how she says open YOUR heart to me, YOU hold the LOCK and I hold the KEY, because if she wants HIM to open his heart, then HE'S the lock, and SHE'S the key. so she sings it the other way. maybe she does this because she just wants to stay consistent with the sexual double meaning, since if it were the other way, it wouldn't make much sense. plus it rhymes better ;)
    dark ivoryon June 05, 2009   Link

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