23.3.11

Dear Lady Gaga:

While driving in my car yesterday, Born This Way came on the radio and suddenly, I had to pull over because I was in the midst a slightly moderate crying fit. There's so much hate and intolerance in the world and it seems like every day, more and more stories of discrimination and exclusion filter their through the media and into my ears. Don't misunderstand, I admire the survivors who publicize their stories because they've spent too long being shoved in the dark but being surrounded by story after story makes the world seem like an awful place. 

So I'm left deciding whether to read the stories and get fired up or not read the stories and pretend to live in a world filled with rainbows and butterflies...decisions, decisions.

As a female hetero whitey, there are those who wonder why the particular issue of equality for same-sex couples makes me so passionate. My reasons are quite normal (in my opinion anyway) and basically come down to my SINCERE belief that people love who they love and it doesn't matter who those people are. 

This brings me back to Born This Way.

Thank goodness for you, Lady Gaga. Putting your incredible music and art aside, you have become an icon for tolerance, acceptance and love. Just writing this blog post has given me misty eyes. The message from Born This Way is so powerful that when I started actually listening to the lyrics, I couldn't help but be overcome. It's like a crack of light beaming through a keyhole. 

It's so important for people with power to stand up for those who don't and I am so grateful that you've consciously chosen to do so. Not only is it admirable, I truly believe that it's making a difference for those who've been told that they're not good enough, just because of who they choose to be with. 

I was listening to Rosie Radio on Sirius and she was telling a story about how you punched Target in the throat (theoretically) and demanded they rethink their donation decisions. You really are changing things because in this world, money talks and I APPLAUD you for using your commercial popularity to nudge people and corporations into the left right direction. 

For the three of you that haven't heard the song yet, read the lyrics below and you'll catch what I've been throwing. 




Intro:
It doesn't matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M
Just put your paws up
'Cause you were born this way, baby

Verse:
My mama told me when I was young
We are all born superstars
She pulled my hand and put my lipstick on
In the glass of her boudoir
"There's nothin wrong with lovin who you are"
She said, "'cause he made you perfect, babe"
"So hold your head up girl and you'll go far,
Listen to me when I say"

Chorus:
I'm beautiful in my way
'Cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track baby
I was born this way
Don't hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you're set
I'm on the right track baby
I was born this way

Post-chorus:
Ooo there ain't no other way
Baby I was born this way
Baby I was born this way
Ooo there ain't no other way
Baby, I was born this way
I'm on the right track baby
I was born this way

Don't be a drag - just be a queen
Don't be a drag - just be a queen
Don't be a drag - just be a queen
Don't be!
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/lady_gaga/born_this_way.html ]
Verse:
Give yourself prudence
And love your friends
Subway kid, rejoice your truth
In the religion of the insecure
I must be myself, respect my youth
A different lover is not a sin
Believe capital H-I-M (hey hey hey)
I love my life I love this record and
Mi amore vole fe yah (love needs faith)

Repeat chorus + post-chorus

Bridge:
Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you're broke or evergreen
You're black, white, beige, chola descent
You're lebanese, you're orient
Whether life's disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
'Cause baby you were born this way
No matter gay, straight, or bi,
Lesbian, transgendered life
I'm on the right track baby
I was born to survive
No matter black, white or beige
Chola or orient made
I'm on the right track baby
I was born to be brave

Repeat chorus + post-chorus

Outro/refrain:
I was born this way hey!
I was born this way hey!
I'm on the right track baby
I was born this way hey!

I was born this way hey!
I was born this way hey!
I'm on the right track baby
I was born this way hey!




Seriously, how can you NOT be inspired??


PROPS to you, Lady Gaga! Keep kicking ass and taking names! *hands Gaga GIANT bag of props*



EQUALITY FOR ALL

1 comment:

k-money said...

I agree that this song has a great message. Did you hear about how Malaysia censored the "No matter gay, straight, or bi..." etc. part? And the video is pretty rad too. But I STILL can't stop singing Madonna's "Express Yourself" over the chorus tho....