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Burning Up

Song Lyrics

Don’t put me off ’cause I’m on fire
And I can’t quench my desire
Don’t you know that I’m burning up for your love
You’re not convinced that that is enough
I put myself in this position
And I deserve the imposition
But you don’t even know I’m alive
And this pounding in my heart just won’t die
I’m burning up I’m burning up, burning up for your love
I’m burning up, burning up for your love
I’m burning up, burning up for your love
For your love

You’re always closing your door
Well that only makes me want you more
And day and night I cry for your love
You’re not convinced that that is enough
To justify my wanting you
Now tell me what you want me to do
I’m not blind and I know
That you want to want me but you can’t let go
Come on, let go

I’m burning up, burning up for your love
I’m burning up, burning up for your love
I’m burning up, burning up for your love
For your love

Oh

Do you wanna see me down on my knees?
Or bending over backwards now would you be pleased?
Unlike the others I’d do anything
I’m not the same, I have no shame
I’m on fire

Come on, let go

Do you wanna see me down on my knees?
Or bending over backwards now would you be pleased?
Unlike the others I’d do anything
I’m not the same, I have no shame
I’m on fire

[Burning up for your love]
Ooo, yeah, I’m burning up [Burning up for your love]
Ooo, yeah, I’m burning up [Burning up for your love]
Come on, come on, I’m burning up [Burning up for your love]
Uh, uh, uh, I’m burning up [Burning up for your love]
Ooo, yeah, I’m burning up [Burning up for your love]
Come on, come on, I’m burning up [Burning up for your love]
Ooo, yeah, I’m burning up [Burning up for your love]
Uh, uh, uh [Burning up for your love]

You know you got me burning up, baby [Burning up for your love]
You know you got me burning up, baby [Burning up for your love]

Burning up for your love [Burning up for your love]
Burning up for your love [Burning up for your love] (x2)

Song Credits

Performed by Madonna

Written by Madonna

Produced by Regie Lucas

Engineered by Jim Dougherty

Remixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez

Remix Engineer: Jay Mark

Official Versions

  • Album Version (3:48)

  • Jellybean Remix/Alternate Version/UK Album Version (4:47)

  • Burning Up (3:14) Philippines 7″ WB-77-376

  • Ardiendo – 7″ Mexican Edit (2:57) PRO-055

  • Brazilian 7″ Edit (4:10) 18.070

  • Remix TV (5:09)

  • 12″ Version (6:00)

  • Burning Up (4:00) Italy 7″ JPB 6699

  • Remix Edit (3:55)
’81 Version/Pre-Madonna Version (4:06)

  • Re-Invention Tour Studio Version (3:48)

  • RIT Rehersal (3:47)

  • Virgin Tour Rehersal (14:34)

  • Rebel Heart Tour (Live) (4:28)

Music Video

Video Credits

Premiere: October 1983

Director: Steve Barron

Producer: Simon Fields

Director of Photography: King Baggot

Art Director: Julie Towery

Make Up: Debi Mazar

Stylist: Maripol

Cast: Madonna, Ken Compton

Production Company: Limelight Productions

Filming Location: Los Angeles

Video Facts

Steve Barron (director) on making the video: “I didn’t like “Burning Up”. Not at all. But my partner, Simon Fields, said, “We’ve got to do this because it’s Warner Bros. and they think she’s gonna be massive.” I went to New York to meet her, begrudgingly, and showed up at an address in SoHo, which turned out to be a squat, basically. Madonna was scantily clad, working out to a massive disco track. She was charismatic. She kept putting her head down on the table and talking to me, very flirtatious, and that gave me the idea for the scene in “Burning Up” where her face is on the road, and the camera’s really low and close.” One scene has Madonna lying down in a boat, a dangerous moment on the set that almost resulted in her death: “We nearly killed her,” Barron said. “We had this crane, which was a cherry picker-type thing, we had it out over a lake shooting her lying in a boat. I was asking for it to be directly over her, and the crane operator is pushing out over her, and when got directly over her, I look back, and the wheels had left the ground. We’re on the tipping point with this thing that’s basically eight tons of metal that’s sixteen feet above her face, and I yelled “Stop! Stop!” It stopped, it wobbled, and we slowly inched backward. Another move forward and it would have come crashing down. It definitely would have killed her.” “Madonna had a fling with my partner Simon. Before we shot the video, she said, “Come on, we gotta go to Trashy Lingerie” — which was across from Simon’s flat — “and get some stuff for me to wear.” So she tried on lingerie for us. “Do you like it?,” that kind of thing. A week after the video, I rang up Simon at his flat. He had an answer machine, and the message said, very English: “This is Simon Fields, leave a message after the beep.” But this one day, the voice on the machine said, “Hi, this is Simon’s phone” — it was Madonna’s voice — “if you’re a guy, leave a message. If you’re a girl, f*** off.”