"Live to Tell" is the first single by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her third studio album, True Blue, and it was released on March 26, 1986 by Sire Records. It is the title song to the 1986 motion picture At Close Range and also appears remixed on the 1990 compilation album The Immaculate Collection and in its original form on the 1995 ballads compilation Something to Remember. The song appears in a live version on the 1995 US Maxi-single "You'll See" recorded from the 1987 Who's That Girl Tour which is also taken from the 1988 video release Ciao, Italia! - Live from Italy. A live edited version later appeared on the 1995 UK single "Oh Father" re-release.
Written and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard, this was also the fourth Madonna single within two years which was affiliated with a motion picture soundtrack, and the first commercially available collaboration with Leonard, who would go on to become one of Madonna's most consistent and critically acclaimed collaborators.
"Live to Tell" was the title song of the film At Close Range, starring Madonna's then-husband Sean Penn. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of June 7, 1986, and reached number two on the UK singles chart (being blocked by Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus"). The song also became Madonna's first #1 hit on the US adult contemporary chart, where it stayed at the top for three weeks. There was no soundtrack for the film At Close Range - it was included only on Madonna's 1986 studio album and then later on Madonna's compilations The Immaculate Collection and Something to Remember.
In 2003, Madonna fans were asked to vote for their Top 20 Madonna singles of all-time by Q-Magazine. "Live to Tell" was allocated the #7 spot.
In 2006, Madonna was the subject of controversy, as she performed "Live to Tell" on her Confessions Tour hanging on a giant mirrored cross while wearing a crown of thorns. The performance was intended to detail the AIDS Pandemic in Africa, the number 12,000,000 which flashed above her during the performance, corresponds to the estimated number of African children who have been orphaned by the disease; furthermore, throughout the song, images of black (presumably African) children appeared on the stage's backdrop screens.
The song has also recently been said to have been sung from Jesus' point of view, hence the performance on The Confessions Tour.
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