- This is a track from Lady Gaga's EP, The Fame Monster. In this song Gaga fends off three Mexican lovers.
- Every track on The Fame Monster represents a "fear" of some "monster." GaGa has said this song was influenced by her "fear of sex" monster.
- Gaga has cited in interviews Abba's 1976 song "Fernando" as an influence on this tune.
- "The religious symbolism is not meant to denote anything negative, but represents the character's battle between the dark forces of this world and the spiritual salvation of the Soul. Thus at the end of the film, she chooses to be a nun, and the reason her mouth and eyes disappear is because she is withdrawing her senses from the world of evil and going inward towards prayer and contemplation."
Supposed hidden meanings:
- Gaga is saying that the female anatomy is dangerous and evil. This comes in two forms:
- The bra with the machine guns on it.
- When Gaga is wearing the clear plastic habit, it has red upside-down crosses on it. An upside- cross, in the Catholic Church anyway, is a sign of the devil or evil. There is an upside-down over her crotch.
- The song is about how she sees love based on a man's wallet (she hides true love en su bolsillo [Bolsillo is pocket in Spanish, which plays a large part in the song]). She then wraps men around her finger with her innocent act (She's got a halo round her finger, around you).
- Good vs. evil, male vs. female and domination vs. submission.
- The halo around the finger is a wedding ring and Alejandro has a halo around him, which signifies he is considered “holy.” The wedding ring represents Gaga’s union with God through religion, but she is now ashamed of this marriage. She hides the ring in her bolsillo, the Spanish word for pocket. Why does she refer to a Fernando and a Roberto at some point? Is she referring to the triple aspect of God, the holy Trinity?
- Gaga’s robe contains many inverted crosses. This is extremely significant in symbolic language. Inverted symbols are found in black magic and satanism.
- By swallowing the rosary, Gaga incorporates within her a symbol of religious devotion because it represents Gaga seeking to obtain godhood by her own means. We have here a symbolic representation of the tenets of Luciferianism, which is the drive to attain divinity by one own means.
- The “Black Queen” removes one goggle at a time, flashing the Illuminati All-Seeing Eye sign.
- Lyrically the song celebrates the kind of lusty passion and desire found in a bad romance novel.
- The clip features Gaga with some razor-blade sunglasses. She explained to MTV News: "I wanted to design a pair for some of the toughest chicks and some of my girlfriends - don't do this at home! - they used to keep razor blades in the side of their mouths. That tough female sprit is something that I want to project. It's meant to be, 'This is my shield, this is my weapon, this is my inner sense of fame, this is my monster.'"
- There's a healthy bit of gibberish in the lyrics ("Roma Roma-ma"), as well as some French. The French part is: "Je veux ton amour et je veux ta revanche," which translates to "I want your love and I want your revenge."
- Lady GaGa said in a recent interview that the song was about falling in love with your best friend. She wants more than just a friendship and she is saying that she loves them so mush she wants to share the darkest parts of herself with him and in turn learn the darkest parts of him.
Supposed hidden meanings:
- Depicting Gaga as a willing victim in the music industry’s shady inner-workings. She wants to live a Bad Romance with the abusive, cruel and satanic music industry. She’s aware of all of its flaws but she still desires to be part of it more than anything else. She is a Fame Monster…she feeds off of fame…she enjoys being famous.
- D, which means that she wants all of the attention of the music industry to the point that she also wants the “hate” of the artists who are jealous of her.
- Gaga is not singing to a person, but to a group, an entity, an organization. She is singing to the Illuminati, to the music industry, to Baphomet: to the ones that have the power to make her famous.
- At the beginning of the video, she is deprived of her senses. Either her eyes, her ears or her nose are covered. Sensory deprivation is a torture technique used on prisoners or mind controlled slaves in order to “break” them and to facilitate their re-education. She is a beginner, an amateur and she doesn’t really know what she’s doing.
- Gaga is then undressed and forced to perform in front of a bunch of men. Those mafioso can represent the Illuminati, the dark force ruling the music industry. The masks represent their hidden nature. Each individual represents a record company, and they are bidding to see who will sign her.
- Gaga then makes her trademark “Eye in the triangle” hand gesture after her initiation to make it clear who owns her now…the Illuminati.
- There are many symbols referring to the sun in the video. As said above, Ra is an Egyptian sun god who is mentioned many times in the magic incantation-like “Rah-rah” chant. Sun worship has always been at the center of occult mysteries as it is considered to be the ultimate representation of God.
- In this song the protagonist is being harassed by her lover on the phone when she's trying to dance in a club.
- GaGa told MTV News that this song is about her "fear of suffocation." She explained: Something that I have or fear is never being able to enjoy myself. 'Cause I love my work so much, I find it really hard to go out and have a good time."
Gaga added that the phone in the song isn't just a physical phone, but also somebody in her head telling her to keep working harder and harder. "That's my fear - that the phone's ringing and my head's ringing," she explained. "Whether it's a telephone or it's just the thoughts in your head, that's another fear."
- In the video the date on the prison security cameras (February 11, 2010) is the same date that the late British fashioner designer Alexander McQueen's body was discovered in his London home. When Gaga performed this song at the BRIT awards, shortly after McQueen's death was announced she told the crowd, "This is for Alexander McQueen."
- "The video in a lot of ways is more about [Beyoncé] even than it is about me," Gaga said. "It was sort of a pop-art venture for me to bring her into my world. In a way, the video is an attempt for her and I to erase pop music as we know it up until this very point. It's meant to change the perspective of the world on what a pop music video should be and she's kind of the vehicle for that. In reality, more people around the world are familiar with her aesthetics than they are with mine. It was something for me to kind of change the way that you see her for one video."
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