It was released as the fourth single from the album on October 24, by Sire Records. The song was not released as a single in most European territories until December 24, , when it appeared on the ballads compilation Something to Remember. Written and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard , the nexus of "Oh Father" was the presence of male authoritative figures in Madonna's life, most prominently her father, Tony Ciccone. Madonna's relationship with her father had soured after her mother's death in and his remarriage two years later. While developing the Like a Prayer album, Madonna was in an emotional state of mind due to her personal problems, which is reflected in "Oh Father". Musically, "Oh Father" is a baroque pop ballad. Leonard put together different types of chord progression and created the basic outline of a melody, which Madonna shaped and then wrote lyrics to fit the melody. She used a contrast of timbre while singing the song, which also featured instrumentation from strings , piano , violin and drum machine. In most of the countries where it was released, the song failed to attain top-ten positions, except in Finland, where it peaked at number six.
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