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Thread started 01/13/18 12:37pm

SoftSkarlettLo
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Question about lyric in Madonna's "Express Yourself"?

I have a question about this lyric in Madonna's "Express Yourself":

Don't go for second best, baby
Put your love to the test


When Madonna sings "don't go for second best" - is she advising the listener to be more selective of men, or more selective of life in general? I mean, "second best" usually mean less desirable things being "on the market" - it can be lovers or even material possessions.

I'm probably looking too deep into this and probably answered my question. But what do you think?
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Reply #1 posted 01/13/18 3:50pm

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Go only for the best, nothing less give it all for whatever you wish.

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Reply #2 posted 01/13/18 5:40pm

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214 said:

Go only for the best, nothing less give it all for whatever you wish.

As someone who took this to heart for decades, got to agree with 214.

Has the hunter now become the prey?
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Reply #3 posted 01/15/18 11:40am

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The lyrics go on with "make him express..." so i think she is talking about a man and how you should go with the "best" guy there is. I always felt like you go with someone who puts you on the first place and not someone who doesnt care fully about you. Not fully with materialistic things, but as a person.
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Reply #4 posted 01/15/18 4:05pm

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Its obviously about relationships, however a person can use that in any context. The lyrics discuss a man abusing a woman mentally and saying she should not sit there and take it. It is about self confidence and not letting anyone step all over you. "Satin sheets are very romantic..what happens when you're not there??" Insinuating he is abusing the relationship because, if the time is not right, then move on.

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