‘Judas’ – Lady Gaga

I’ll never say that Lady Gaga is not talented. Never. I won’t claim that she can’t write a song. She can. In fact, I’d say that she is one of the best pop artist to debut in the past 15 years.

That being said, ‘Judas’ underperforms as a single.

If you don’t want to read a fairly negative review of the song then stop here. This isn’t me complaining about the song in a childish way either. I’m just disappointed.

Before people jump down my throat and call me an idiot I ask that you actually read this. Don’t skim it.

It will be a hit. It will probably be number 1. It’s selling like crazy on itunes and the radio is eating it up. It’s Lady Gaga. I don’t expect anything less from the woman who has earned 7 number 1 pop songs in less than three years.

The problem with the song is that it’s actually a backtrack for Lady Gaga, both in lyrical content and song composition.

Let’s start with the lyrics:

Lady Gaga has always done well with her lyrics. They’ve made me think, as most pop songs don’t. That’s why I’m looking at these so harshly. You can tell me that other pop stars, like Rihanna, have dumb lyrics also. They do. I won’t deny that. Most pop most is simple.

The fact is that Lady Gaga is a good lyricist and has sold herself short here. The end of the first verses is my first issue.

When he comes to me, I am ready
I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs
Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain
Even after three times, he betrays me

Clearly the biblical imagery is a theme for the song. Gaga knows the bible. She’s smart. That is why the feet washing imagery is good because Jesus washed Judas’ feet. But, Judas did not betray Jesus 3 times. Peter did. Granted, Judas’ betrayal was the worst. I know this is nitpicking, but I couldn’t get past it.

If the biblical mistake doesn’t bother you than this should.

During the spoken bridge Gaga uses this distorted effect, which is actually the best sounding part of the song. It wasn’t until I read the lyrics that I realized what I was being distracted from.

But in the cultural sense
I just speak in future tense
Judas kiss me if offensed,
Or wear ear condom next time

I think this speaks for itself. No matter what anyone says this last line makes no sense.  Stretch it all you want, the proof is in the lyrics.

‘Bad Romance’ is hands down one of the best pop song written. I’ll defend that always. It’s lyrics are perfect, as is the melody. The song composition was also on par, so there is no surprised that many would try to copy it. I just didn’t think Gaga would copy herself. Here are a few instances:

  • The beginning of “Judas” starts with “Oh-oh-oh-ohoo, I’m in love with Juda-as, Juda-as” repeated twice. “Bad Romance” opens with “Ohoh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ohoh, Caught in a Bad Romance” repeated twice.
  • This leads into the best part of both songs, the hook. “Judas-Juda-a-a, Judas Gaga.” It’s a weird and catchy chant that caught my attention. I felt the same way when I heard, “Rah, Rah, ah ah ah, Roma Roma ma, GaGa Ooh La La.”
  • The chorus ends with the same part used in the beginning of both songs.
  • The bridge is spoken first, “In the most biblical sense,”“Walk walk fashion baby,” and  then leads to the climax of both songs, “I cling to,”“Want your bad Romance.”
  • Both songs end with their hook.

No one needed a second version of “Bad Romance.”

I’m not dumb; I know that both songs have their own sound, but there is no denying that they have the same compostion.

Like I said above, the song will be a hit. I will say that it’s catchy, but I will never say that it’s groundbreaking or original. I will never say that Gaga is the best artist on the face of the earth, and I will never say that “Judas” is any better that what’s on the radio.

I want Gaga to impress me again. She’s too talented to not. She’s a great artist, and her success is undeniable. She writes everything that she sings. No one does that, so she is automatically on a different level. But every artist  fails at some point. To me, this is her first.

You can hate this article. In fact I’d love if you did. Maybe Im being just as controversial as she is writing a song about the man who betrayed of Jesus. Obviously Gaga was trying to be controversial, so I won’t even talk about the whole topic of the song. I’m sharing my thoughts on one song. Not the artist.

All that being said, listen to her best song below followed by “Judas.”


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2 thoughts on “‘Judas’ – Lady Gaga

  1. Your over thinking it. I think this song was meant to be a node to “Bad Romance”

    Yes she does borrow a little too much from it but still the song is solid in it’s own right.
    This track only hypes me for the album which is sure to blow everyones mind.

    Plus this is far and away better than most songs on the radio. Like you said at least Gaga take pride and puts tons of effort into her craft.

    Like your blog btw!

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