“Oh Father” is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna. “Oh Father” was written and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard. It was released on October 24, 1989 with “Pray for Spanish Eyes” on the B-side as the fourth single from her fourth studio album, “Like a Prayer.” The song is known for its emotional and introspective lyrics, as well as its poignant music video.
“Oh Father” is characterized by its mid-tempo ballad style, featuring Madonna’s expressive vocals and a melancholic melody. The song’s production incorporates elements of pop and orchestration, creating a somber and reflective atmosphere. The lyrics of “Oh Father” convey themes of pain, family dynamics, and the search for understanding. Madonna’s lyrics are often interpreted as addressing her own complex relationship with her father:
The music video for “Oh Father” was directed by David Fincher. The video explores the themes of the song, including the troubled father-daughter relationship. It is known for its striking visuals and storytelling.
While “Oh Father” was not as commercially successful as some of Madonna’s other singles, it is appreciated for its heartfelt and personal lyrics, as well as its departure from her more upbeat and dance-oriented songs. It remains a poignant and reflective moment in Madonna’s discography.