Spanish Eyes (Madonna series)

by Evans Yonson

Barcelona – Madonna, at sometime in her career, became fascinated with anything and everything Hispanic – La Isla Bonita, the MTV of Take a Bow, and Evita. In her Like A Prayer album (released in March 1989), Pray for Spanish Eyes is one single that never became a hit. Madonna co-wrote and co-produced this piece with Patrick Leonard. Theirs is a partnership that earned millions, awards and critical acclaims. Pray for Spanish Eyes is probably the most beautifully written song in this album.

Pray for Spanish Eyes (Taken in Granada, Spain on Good Friday, 2010.)

I know for sure his heart is here with me
Though I wish him back, I know he cannot see
My hands trembling
I know he hears me sing

I light this candle and watch it throw
Tears on my pillow
And if there is a Christ
He’ll come tonight
To pray for Spanish eyes
And if I have nothing left to show
Tears on my pillow
What kind of life is this
If God exists
Then help me pray for Spanish eyes

He had to fight like all the rest
In the barrio all the streets are paved with fear
I don’t understand
At least he was a man

How many lives will they have to take?
How much heartache?
How many suns will they have to burn?
Spanish eyes
When will they ever learn?

You were not the Maravilla in our minds
We were proud to fight but we cannot win this blind
Stand your guns against the wall
Who’s next in line to fall

Tus lagrimas de tristeza
No me dejan olvidarte
Your tears of sadness
Will not let me forget you