Sunday, August 13, 2017

Your Playlist: Madonna's Borderline

Borderline_Madonna_US_7-inch_vinyl_sleeveFrom Madonna's jelly-bracelet era, it's "Borderline," the last single release off her debut eponymous album. Topping out at number 10 on the Billboard charts, "Borderline" is about an up-and-down love affair, but it's not too much of a stretch to see it through the lens of America's capricious/advantage-taking policy toward undocumented immigrants:

Something in the way you love me won't' let me be
I don't want to be your prisoner, so baby, won't you set me free
Stop playing with my heart
Finish what you start ...
Just try to understand (understand)
I've given all I can
'Cause you got the best of me
Feels like I'm going to lose my mind
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline

We can't know if Madonna herself has seen a connection between "Borderline" and U.S. immigration policy, but it's a good bet she wouldn't see eye-to-eye with President Trump on his immigration policy. At the Women's March in D.C. in January, Madonna grabbed headlines and the attention of the U.S. Secret Service in a fiery speech that included, "Yes, I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot of blowing up the White House, but I know that this won't change anything."

Besides, playing Madonna in class gives you the opportunity to field this question from one of your Millennial students "Who's Madonna?"


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