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Madonna in Stockholm, 14 November 2015

Madonna was going to cancel her concert from the Rebel Heart Tour at Tele2 Arena, Stockholm, Sweden on November 14, 2015, the day after the terrorist attacks in Paris that claimed 130 lives.
Madonna in Stockholm
Instead, she decided to go on, but first addressed the crowd, asked to observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris attacks and their families, and delivered a moving, heartfelt speech. She explained to her audience that cancelling the concert would mean to her to give in to the terrorists. Finally she asked the audience to sing with her 'Like a Prayer'.
    Language Notes and Explanations
  • to get through with= to finish something
  • torn= past participle of tear (tore-torn); synonims: lacerated, destroyed, ruined
  • to bow one's head= to bend the head or body forward, especially in respect, or during prayer
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So, we have been... This whole show is about celebrating life. And standing up for your rights. Fighting for what you believe in... we... yea, actually I don't need my guitar. Because, it's been very hard for me to get through this show up to this point and not forget about what happened last night. So I need to take this moment to acknowledge the tragedy. The tragic killings, assassinations and the senseless ending of precious life that occurred last night in Paris.

I know... it's disturbed me all day, and it's been really hard actually to get through the show, because in many ways, I feel - I feel torn. Like, why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?

However, that is exactly what these people want to do. They want to shut us up. They want to silence us. And we won't let them. We will never let them. Because there is power in unity, and I do believe that as much chaos and pain and senseless violence and terrorism that occurs around this world, not just in Paris... as much as that - that does occur there is more goodness in this world.

We are here to prove it. And I'm not... I was going to cancel my show tonight but then I thought to myself "Why should I give that to them? Why should I allow them to stop me, and to stop us, from enjoying freedom?"

All of the places where people were killed were places where people were having fun, people were enjoying themselves, eating at restaurants, dancing, singing, watching a soccer match. These are freedoms that we take for granted of course, and we must not. But they're freedoms that we deserve... we were part... and we deserve to have fun. No one, in this world, that should have the right to stop us from doing what we love.

Another important point that I wanna make, is that yes, there are people who have no respect for human life, and there are people that do atrocious, degrading and unforgivable things to other human beings.

But we will never, ever, ever change this world that we live in if we do not change ourselves. If we do not change the way we treat one another on a daily basis. Yes, the way we change the world is not to elect another president, not to kill a hundred more people. The way we change the world is that we change the way we treat one another on a daily basis, in the simplest ways. OK? We must start treating every human being with dignity and respect, and this is the only thing that will change the world. This is the only thing.

Only love will change the world. But it's very hard to love unconditionally. And it's very hard to love that which we do not understand, and that which is different than we are, but we have to, or this will go on and on forever. Now, before we do go on, I would like to have a moment of silence where all of us, just for one minute, bow our heads, in respect, and say a prayer for the victims who died last night in Paris, and for the families of those victims. Please a moment of silence.

Thank you... So, here's what I know how to do, and I hope you will join me, and that we will all sing this prayer together. I hear your voice
It's like an angel sighing
I have no choice, I hear your voice
Feels like flying
I close my eyes
Oh God, I think I'm falling
Out of the sky, I close my eyes
Heaven help me

When you call my name
It's like a little prayer
I'm down on my knees
I wanna take you there
In the midnight hour
I can feel your power
Just like a prayer
You know I'll take you there

Like a child
You whisper softly to me
You're in control
Just like a child
Now I'm dancing

It's like a dream
No end and no beginning
You're here with me
It's like a dream
Let the choir sing

(x2) When you call my name
It's like a little prayer
I'm down on my knees
I wanna take you there
In the midnight hour
I can feel your power
Just like a prayer
You know I'll take you there

[Come on put your hands together... no more war]

Just like a prayer,
your voice can take me there
Just like a muse to me,
you are a mystery
Just like a dream,
you are not what you seem
Just like a prayer,
no choice your voice can take me there

(Let me hear you singing)

(x4) When you call my name
It's like a little prayer
I'm down on my knees
I wanna take you there
In the midnight hour
I can feel your power
Just like a prayer
You know I'll take you there