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Love... Thy Will Be Done

"Love... Thy Will Be Done" is the first single released from Martika's second album, Martika's Kitchen (1991). The Prince-produced single, written by Martika and Prince,[1] reached the top ten of the pop charts in the US, UK, France and Australia. The single was released on July 25, 1991.

"Love... Thy Will Be Done"
Cover art for overseas CD and vinyl releases, whose photograph was variously used for other releases
Single by Martika
from the album Martika's Kitchen
ReleasedJuly 25, 1991
Format7" single, CD maxi, CD single, cassette
Songwriter(s)Martika, Prince
Martika singles chronology
"Love... Thy Will Be Done"
"Martika's Kitchen"



This song introduced Martika to a more adult contemporary sound than her previous efforts. The song is particularly remarkable for its constant backline, played by the drums and the bass, without any variation throughout the song, neither as far as rhythm or intensity are concerned, independently of other effects in the song (climax, forte, piano, backing vocals, etc.). Similarly, the melody insists particularly on monochord lines and repeats the "love thy will be done" notes as a leitmotif.

According to an article in the online magazine Pitchfork, the song "almost certainly" contains a sample of Fifty-Fifty Clown by Scottish band Cocteau Twins.[2]

The distinctive black-and-white music video was directed by Michael Haussman.[3]

Prince performed this song during his tours in the later 1990s and in 2012. Prince also used a sample of this song for his cover of "One of Us" on his album Emancipation.

Singer Jessie Ware released a cover version in April 2013[4], and singer Delta Goodrem released a cover version in September 2014.[5]

Track listingsEdit

7" single
  1. "Love... Thy Will Be Done" – 4:20
  2. "Mi tierra" – 4:34
CD maxi
  1. "Love... Thy Will Be Done" – 4:20
  2. "Mi tierra" – 4:35
  3. "Temptation" – 4:45
CD single
  1. "Love... Thy Will Be Done" – 4:20
  2. "Mi tierra" – 4:34
  1. "Love... Thy Will Be Done" – 4:20
  2. "Mi tierra" – 4:34


Delta Goodrem versionEdit

"Love... Thy Will Be Done"
Single by Delta Goodrem
ReleasedSeptember 12, 2014
FormatDigital download, CD single
LabelSony Music Australia
Songwriter(s)Martika, Prince
Delta Goodrem singles chronology
"Heart Hypnotic"
"Love... Thy Will Be Done"
"Only Human"

In 2014, Australian singer/songwriter Delta Goodrem released a version to promote her Australia and New Zealand tour with opera singer Andrea Bocelli. It was announced on her Twitter account just days before the release. It was released on iTunes and Google Play as a digital download and at JB Hi-Fi and Sanity as a CD single. Pre-orders from Sanity came with a limited edition 'D' keyring. The CD single also includes a cover of Shakespears Sister's song "Stay".

Track listingsEdit

Digital download
  1. "Love... Thy Will Be Done" – 4:02
CD single
  1. "Love... Thy Will Be Done" – 4:02
  2. "Stay" – 3:50


Chart (2014) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[17] 59
Australian Artist Singles (ARIA) 13


  1. ^ Martika Explains How Prince Crafted Love Thy Will Be Done
  2. ^ Philip Sherburne (6 July 2016). "8 Songs That Sample Cocteau Twins, From Arca to The Weeknd". Pitchfork (website). Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Martika - Love... Thy Will Be Done". Music Video Database. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  4. ^ Battan, Carrie. "Listen: Jessie Ware Covers Martika's 1991 Song "Love... Thy Will Be Done"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  5. ^ Goodrem, Delta. "Delta Goodrem's Cover of Love... Thy Will Be Done". Retrieved 12 Sep 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d "Love... Thy Will Be Done", in various singles charts (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  7. ^
  8. ^ German Singles Chart Archived 2009-06-17 at WebCite (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  9. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  10. ^
  11. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  12. ^ a b Billboard (Retrieved August 24, 2008)
  13. ^ Billboard [1] (Hot Singles Sales)
  14. ^ Billboard [2] (Hot 100 Airplay)
  15. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1991". RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  16. ^ "End of Year Charts 1991". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  17. ^ " – Delta Goodrem – Love Thy Will Be Done". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 21 September 2014.