I made it through the wilderness…
One of the most covered Madonna songs ever is Like A Virgin, originally released by the Queen Of Pop in 1984.
The idea for the song came to lyricist Billy Steinberg while he was driving around in his pickup truck: ”
In 1983, when I wrote the lyrics for ‘Like A Virgin‘, I was very happy because I had extricated myself from a very
difficult relationship and was enjoying a new one. I felt like a virgin”, Billy told us.
“I wrote the first verse lyric first, starting with ‘I made it through the wilderness’. I didn’t start with the title.
But after I wrote the line, ‘you made me feel shiny and new’, the title ‘Like A Virgin‘ popped into my head.
Right away, I knew it could make a startling song and I was excited about working on it with Tom Kelly“.
There were also some alternate lyrics that didn’t make the final song, The lines “Ask my friends and they’ll tell you it’s true” and “Nobody’s had what I’m giving to you”, were
scrapped because Billy thought they were junky.