Madonna ♪ Don't Cry For Me Argentina

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

The tenderness and the verve, the slovenliness and the finesse.

Don't Cry for Me, Argentina, a song from the Evita (musical), which is about the Argentina actress turned politician Eva Perón (1919 to 1952).

Sinead O'Connor - Don't Cry For Me Argentina

Originally sung by Madonna.

Madonna, Don't Cry for Me Argentina


dressed up to the nines wearing very fashionable or formal clothes.
At sixes and sevens in a state of confusion.
It won't be easy, you'll think it strange
When I try to explain how I feel
That I still need your love after all that I've done

You won't believe me
All you will see is a girl you once knew
Although she's dressed up to the nines
At sixes and sevens with you

I had to let it happen, I had to change
Couldn't stay all my life down at heel
Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun

So I chose freedom
Running around, trying everything new
But nothing impressed me at all
I never expected it to

Don't cry for me Argentina
The truth is I never left you
All through my wild days
My mad existence
I kept my promise
Don't keep your distance

And as for fortune, and as for fame
I never invited them in
Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired

They are illusions
They are not the solutions they promised to be
The answer was here all the time
I love you and hope you love me

Don't cry for me Argentina

Have I said too much?
There's nothing more I can think of to say to you.
But all you have to do is look at me to know
That every word is true

The melancholy, loving quality of this song is similar to ABBA's Fernando, and Chinese songs 花样的年华 (Age of Blossom), 《天涯歌女》 (The Wandering Songstress). The uncompromising and aloof tone of this song can be seen also in: Björk's Unison and Madonna's Like It or Not.

(thanks to Leslie Danks in alt.usage.english for helping on the idioms.)