Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
The Sticky & Sweet setlist has been altered last night for the first time since the show began as Madonna sang part of the song Don’t Cry For Me Argentina during the first Buenos Aires show.
Madonna sang two verses of the Evita signature song mixed with You Must Love Me while images of the Argentinian Flag were shown after the usual “Evita video montage”. According to the fans who attended the show last night who are reporting on our community forum, it was a very emotional moment.
But apparently that wasn’t the only thing that was different last night as first reports tell the “boxing ring” was missing during the Die Another Day interlude and the dancers were boxing just on the stage.
Going back to “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” we invite our readers to click HERE to read our exclusive interview with Sir Tim Rice, the song’s lyricist, to discover how this incredible musical piece was born and some more tidbits about it. Here’s a short excerpt:
MadonnaTribe: “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” has become a classic now. Can you share with us some of your memory of the day you wrote the lyrics of such a powerful song.
How did the song come to life?
Tim Rice: The lyrics were written over a period of time, it was quite a difficult one to get right.
The title came almost at the very end. The title would cause a lot of problems because we just didn’t know what to call the song, and we briefly flirted with the idea of trying to make it a song that would work out of context, that could be taken as a love song as well.
It had some terrible titles like “It’s Only Your Lover Returning” and also “My Wild Days”.
There exists a version of Julie Covington’s on one of Andrew [Lloyd Webber]’s compilation CDs where her version of the song singing “it’s only your lover returning” and it just doesn’t work.
It’s exactly the same in every other respect, same lyrics, same orchestration, the same vocal. But when you got a bad title, it kills the song. In the end, the line “don’t cry for me Argentina” was used elsewhere in the show very early on, and everybody thought that was a nice line, so we made that the title of the song.
The song in itself almost doesn’t make sense.
I mean, “Don’t cry for me Argentina” is a whole song but in a way, it’s not meant to, it wasn’t written as a song, it was written as a scene in a show.
It’s meant to be a string of political clichés, sounding pretty, and not really saying very much. But it kind of worked, bizarrely, it worked as a song out of context.
So, in the end, we got the hit we originally tried for in the wrong way.