1998Released
5:20

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Interesting facts and trivia about Ray of Light. By Songfacts®.

This groundbreaking, high-energy techno song is based on the track "Sepheryn," which was written by Curtiss Muldoon and Dave Curtis. The British producer, dance remixer and musician William Orbit re-recorded the song with vocalist Christine Leach before he started working with Madonna. When Madonna recorded the Ray Of Light album with William Orbit at the helm, they decided to alter the song's melody and instrumentation but retain Ray Of Light's lyrics with only a few changes. The original track "Sepheryn" can be heard on Curtiss Muldoon's album, which was released in October 2000: Sepheryn: Ray Of Light.

The lyrics reflect Madonna's interest in spirituality and her faith in the teachings of Kabbalah. The singer explained that the 1996 birth of her daughter, Lourdes, prompted her to "search for answers to questions I'd never asked myself before," leading her to the religion. She told Q magazine: "I started studying the Kabbalah, which is a Jewish mystical interpretation of the Old Testament. I also found myself becoming very interested in Hinduism and yoga, and for the first time in a long time, I was able to step outside myself and see the world from a different perspective." In this song, that perspective shows how small humans are in the vast universe.

This single entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #5, which was at the time the highest new entry for a Madonna song.

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Song Analysis

Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Ray of Light.
D♯Key
MajorMode
4/4Time Signature
127BPM

Album

The album Ray of Light is released on.

Released By

The record label that has released Ray of Light.
Warner Records/Maverick
© 1998 Warner Records Inc.
℗ 1998 Warner Records Inc.

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