Take A Bow I

Wednesday, May 17, 2017



Sometimes love is wasted away. Sometimes love is taken for granted. No matter how deep, how sincere, and how long the love there is, some love is just meant to be wasted away or taken for granted. Sadly, that kind of unrequited love is the most common form of a love we can find in a daily basis. When we are having that kind of love, it would bring the worst form of heartbreak; we would feel used, deceived, and betrayed. The time when we realize that our love is wasted away, we wonder whether that person whom we love is being their true selves when they are with us all this time. The time when we realize that our love is taken for granted, we wonder whether that person whom we love is just playing some role when they are with us all this time. At that time, comes the worst feeling of all: feel like being played. Shakespeare wrote in one of his plays: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” The time when we realize that our love is wasted away, we realize that the person whom we love is playing their role very well. The time when we realize that our love is taken for granted, we realize that the show must over, and after the curtain is down, we will take a bow to that person for the great role-play they have been playing.

Take a bow, the night is over, this masquerade is getting older. Light are low, the curtains down, there’s no one here. Say your lines, but do you feel them? Do you mean what you say when there’s no one around?” –Madonna, Take A Bow

This is a song titled “Take A Bow”, performed by the Queen of Pop, Madonna. It was released on November 29th 1994 as the second single taken from the singer’s sixth studio album, “Bedtime Stories”. The mid-tempo R n’ B ballad track was written by Madonna herself along with Kenneth Edmonds, or famously known by his stage name as Babyface. An official accompany music video, directed by Michael Haussman, was premiered on MTV on November 22nd 1994. Madonna’s love interest in the music video is played by real-life Spanish bullfighter, Emilio Muñoz. Lyrically, “Take A Bow” follows the story of an unrequited love and saying goodbye to one. Through the lyrics, Madonna says to the subject of her unrequited love to take a bow for rendering a great, transparent performance in life and love. The soulful and poetic lyrics of this song were particularly praise by the music critics. In a somber and sarcastic way, the infidelity portrayed in the lyrics is bringing up not only the unrequited love issue to the surface, but also the effort to understand the reason behind the infidelity itself.


"Take A Bow" single cover by Madonna | source: en.wikipedia.org

A person can have more than just one persona. The thing is, which persona do you think you show to your partner? On other hand, which persona do you think your partner shows you? Do you ever wonder about how your partner treats you in front of other people? Is it different from when there are no other people around? If it is different, have you ever wondered why it is so? Have you ever wondered why your partner is being secretive towards you? Do you even wonder whether what your partner says is coming from their heart? Or is it just merely a part of playing a role as your partner? Do you even wonder whether what your partner feels is genuine and sincere? Or is it just merely a staged act? “Take a bow, the night is over, this masquerade is getting older. Light are low, the curtains down, there’s no one here. There’s no one here, there’s no one in the crowd. Say your lines, but do you feel them? Do you mean what you say when there’s no one around? Watching you, watching me, one lonely star; one lonely star, you don’t know who you are.”
When your partner breaks your heart; when you realize that they have another lover, your world feels like crumbling down and tearing apart. That is when you begin to think that your love is wasted away. That is when you start to wonder that your love is taken for granted. At that moment, you wonder whether your partner has been pretending all this time. You wonder whether the relationship you share with your partner is just merely a performance for them; and whether another people find it amusing like watching a variety program on television, particularly when your heart is broken in the end of the show. Indeed, people love drama. “Make them laugh, it comes so easy, when you get to the part where you’re breaking my heart. Hide behind your smile, all the world loves a clown. Just make them smile, the whole world loves a clown. Wish you well, I cannot stay, you deserve an award for the role that you played. No more masquerade, you’re one lonely star; one lonely star and you don’t know who you are.”
For me personally, the feeling of being betrayed is not only breaking my heart, but also making me try to understand the reason behind the infidelity. As a reference to Jaques’ famous monologue in William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.” Well, for whatever reason, I guess the part that the person plays is meant to break my heart anyway. It is just that he played it very well that I cannot figure out in the beginning, since he is such a great actor to begin with. “All the world is a stage, and everyone has their part. But how was I to know which way the story’d go? How was I to know you’d break my heart?” In the end, the choice is ours to make. Are you willing to play or not? Whether we are going to walk away or stay in the relationship, we have to make our choice. “I’ve always been in love with you. I guess you’ve always known it’s true. You took my love for granted, why oh why? The show is over, say goodbye.”


"Bedtime Stories" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

I have lived long enough to see and know that we or our partner is not the only one in this world with infidelity issues. Hence, in my humble opinion, we have to appreciate honesty. However, if our partner cannot be honest with us even until the end, then it is time to let go. The show is over, curtain is down, and we take a bow; say goodbye. And that is the essence of relationship; to know when we have to let go. Since we never know what role that people may play in front of us, therefore honesty is important. Nonetheless, we will feel betrayed in the end; for all the role-plays, pretending, secrets, and lies. We will feel like a fooled for being deceived. We will feel worthless for being used and played. Of course nobody wants to be trapped in a performance-like relationship; a superficial and artificial love. Hence for me personally, honesty is what defines whether a relationship is superficial or not. By the honesty, at least, our love will not be wasted away and taken for granted; well, still, but at least not that much. Love is a game. And the real problem is finding a right partner to play the game.

All the world is a stage, and everyone has their part. But how was I to know which way the story’d go? How was I to know you’d break my heart?” –Madonna, Take A Bow




Take a bow, the night is over, this masquerade is getting older
Light are low, the curtains down, there’s no one here (there’s no one here, there’s no one in the crowd)
Say your lines, but do you feel them? Do you mean what you say when there’s no one around? (No one around)
Watching you, watching me, one lonely star (one lonely star you don’t know who you are)

I’ve always been in love with you (always with you), I guess you’ve always known it’s true (you know it’s true)
You took my love for granted, why oh why? The show is over, say goodbye, say goodbye (bye bye), say goodbye

Make them laugh, it comes so easy, when you get to the part where you’re breaking my heart (breaking my heart)
Hide behind your smile, all the world loves a clown (just make them smile, the whole world loves a clown)
Wish you well, I cannot stay, you deserve an award for the role that you played (role that you played)
No more masquerade, you’re one lonely star (one lonely star and you don’t know who you are)


I’ve always been in love with you (always with you), I guess you’ve always known it's true (you know it’s true)
You took my love for granted, why oh why? The show is over, say goodbye, say goodbye (bye bye), say goodbye

All the world is a stage (world is a stage), and everyone has their part (has their part)
But how was I to know which way the story’d go? How was I to know you’d break (you’d break, you’d break, you’d break) you’d break my heart?

I’ve always been in love with you (I’ve always been in love with you), guess you’ve always known
You took my love for granted, why oh why? The show is over, say goodbye
I’ve always been in love with you (always with you), I guess you’ve always known it’s true (you know it’s true)
You took my love for granted, why oh why? The show is over, say goodbye, say goodbye (bye bye), say goodbye, say goodbye

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