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Madonna - American Life - Lyrics Meaning

This 2003 track was co-written by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzai, a dance music producer. In an interview, Madonna said, "Different things inspire me to write. I could be having a guitar lesson and something will just come to me. Or Mirwais will send me over music, rough stuff...`American Life' came about itself like that.

The song lyrics basically criticize the American way of life with Madonna questioning her role in what she sees as a selfish, materialistic environment. The track was never a commercial success and it may be that some saw Madonna as somewhat hypocritical, pouring scorn on those who strive to achieve the American dream when she clearly lives it herself.

The video which accompanied the song included images of war and a fashion show but, at Madonna's request, the war images were removed as an act of respect for those involved in the Iraq war. She said, "I am not anti-Bush. I am not pro-Iraq. I am pro-peace. I have written a song and created a video which expresses my feelings about our culture and values and the illusions of what many people believe is the American dream - the perfect life."

Although the track didn't receive much air play, Madonna's rap about drinking soy latte and having `a bodyguard or five,' did guarantee to get it talked about.