Ray Of Light



Lyrics

Zephyr in the sky at night I wonder
Do my tears of mourning
Sink beneath the sun
She's got herself a universe gone quickly
For the call of thunder
Threatens everyone

And I feel
Like I just got home
And I feel
And I feel
Like I just got home
And I feel

Faster than the speeding light she's flying
Trying to remember where it all began
She's got herself a little piece of heaven
Waiting for the time when earth shall be as one

And I feel
Like I just got home
And I feel
And I feel
Like I just got home
And I feel

Quicker than a ray of light
Quicker than a ray of light
Quicker than a ray of light

Zephyr in the sky at night I wonder
Do my tears of mourning
Sink beneath the sun
She's got herself a universe gone quickly
For the call of thunder
Threatens everyone

And I feel

Quicker than a ray of light
Then gone for
Someone else shall be there
Through the endless years

She's got herself a universe
She's got herself a universe
She's got herself a universe

And I feel
And I feel
And I feel
Like I just got home
And I feel

Quicker than a ray of light she's flying
Quicker than a ray of light I'm flying

Credits

Written by Madonna, William Orbit, Clive Muldoon, Dave Curtis and Christine Leach
Produced by Madonna and William Orbit

This song is based on the track 'Sepheryn', written and performed by Curtis & Muldoon.


Album



Single

Ray Of Light, the singleThe title track was released in April (UK) / June (US) 1998 as the second single. The tune got known very quickly. Only few people knew it was actually a rework of the much slower 1971 song 'Sepheryn' by Curtis & Muldoon. In the US the single debuted at #5 - which was her highest US single debut in her career - and was certified Gold. In the UK it topped at #2 (it was kept from the top spot by All Saints' 'Under The Bridge / Lady Marmalade'); in Japan, Australia and Canada it got to respectively #5, #6 and #7.


Video

Ray Of Light, the videoFitting this fast-paced dance song, Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund provided a high-speed video, showing ordinary people doing their daily routines: getting up, driving to work, having a quick lunch, working in the office, coming home and having a party in the evening. All these images are intertwined with the beauty aspects of life: playing children, an echography, two friends playing chess, etc. In between Madonna, dressed in casual jeans but looking gorgeous, shakes to a great dance routine. And at the party in the evening she's the star of the dance floor. The video - which was filmed in New York, LA and Sweden - was loved by the critics and received several awards, including 'Best Video', 'Best Female Video', 'Best Direction', 'Best Choreography' and 'Best Editing' at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, and 'Best Short-Form Music Video' at the 1999 Grammy Awards. There are also two remix videos.




Tour

Ray Of Light @ Drowned World TourMadonna finishes the punk/rock-part of the Drowned World Tour with Ray Of Light, with all the dancers dancing and jumping up and down on stage on the guitar beats of Monte. On a big screen there's an extended version of the Ray Of Light video, adapted by Dan-o-Rama.

Ray Of Light @ Confessions TourOn the Confessions Tour Madonna made up for nixing the song from the previous tour. Again it ended up in the rock-part of the show, this time with Madonna herself on electric guitar. She urges all the fans to jump all through the song and we gladly obliged. The 6 male dancers, dressed in black & white, get to the end of the catwalk, giving away a great synchronious choreography. One of the dancing highlights!

Ray Of Light @ Sticky & Sweet TourAs the Sticky & Sweet Tour got a lot of rock influences, Ray Of Light couldn't afford to be left out. Being part of the Futuristic Rave segment, Madonna gets kicking on the electric guitar at the end of the catwalk while the Hamutsun Serve dancers perform a robotic choreography next to her. While the performance already has a striking resemblance to past renditions of the song, the backdrop oddly seems like an almost identical copy of the previous tour. Nonetheless, the song gets the crowd dancing and raving along with this masterpiece. In the 2009 setlist, it moved to become the penultimate song of the show, which received an even better response from the crowd.

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