Lady Gaga releases full lyrics to forthcoming single 'Born This Way': Read them here

Lady-GagaImage Credit: Nam Y. Huh/AP ImagesLady Gaga memorably sang a couple bars from her forthcoming, and much-anticipated single “Born This Way” at last fall’s MTV Video Music Awards and released album art, but now she’s giving up everything but the actual song itself, as today pop’s reigning queen released the song’s full lyrics via a Tweet just about an hour ago. Based on what she released—and as expected—the song is very empowerment focused, with the first verse going, “My mama told me when I was young / We were all born superstars.” Hello, yes we were! A few bars later, the chorus really drives home her point: “I’m beautiful in my way / ‘Cause God makes no mistakes / I’m on the right track baby / I was born this way.” Basically, she’s saying: Make no apologies, be who you are, don’t be ashamed of whatever/whoever that is! Of course, I love it. Elton John told EW earlier this year: “‘Born This Way’…will completely get rid of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive.’ This is the new ‘I Will Survive.’ That was the gay anthem. This is the new gay anthem. Actually, it’s not a gay anthem—it can apply to anybody.” Based on what’s here, I’d say that’s certainly true—gays and straights alike will most certainly love this. Now we just need to hear the actual song! But we won’t hear it until Feb. 13, the same day as the Grammys, which will feature a performance by Gaga.

In the Tweet, Lady Gaga also revealed the song’s credits. ‘Born This Way’ was written by Lady Gaga; produced by Lady Gaga, Fernando Garibay, and DJ White Shadow; and mixed and engineered by David Russel. Take a gander at Gaga’s full lyrics here:

BORN THIS WAY
WRITTEN BY: LADY GAGA
PRODUCED BY: LADY GAGA, FERNANDO GARIBAY, DJ WHITE SHADOW
MIXED AND ENGINEERED BY: DAVID RUSSEL

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 ROLLED MY HAIR 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-
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!

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

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!

Thoughts? Accusations? Ideas to make it better? Sound off!

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More from EW.com:
Lady Gaga’s bare-bottomed ‘Born This Way’ artwork: What do you think?
Lady Gaga promises ‘Born This Way’ will be ‘the greatest album of this decade’
Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ gets release date

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  • Eliza

    This better have a great tune because the lyrics are too preachy.

    • Aaron

      Amen to that! WAAAAAAY too preachy. Might as well go head up and add some lyrics about Prop 8 while you’re at it….
      …Gaga is lame.

      • Brian

        Prop 8 will always be a symbol of hatred and ignorance. The only thing lame, Aaron, is you.

      • Aaron

        No, Brian, Prop 8 is a symbol of the freedom of choice. For example, I have chosen to decide that Gaga is lame and that you’re a douche.

      • Michael

        In the 50s white people chose to force black people to be second class citizens, Aaron. Remember your history class? Remember what happened it the sixties and seventies? Yeah … freedom of speech and freedom to vote does not give you the right to take away the freedoms of those around you. LAME>

      • Amber

        Aaron – best comeback ever. As an English major, I appreciate your statement. It made me laugh.

        I think it’s hard to decide if I like it because there is no tune yet (well, not that we know of), and music for me is a lot more than just the words. It will really depend on how she plays this song, whether it’s an anthem or just another epic dance song.

    • Christina

      Oh my gosh I agree too – she’s just so stupid and unoriginal. Join the rest of the trends in Hollywood that scream equal rights themes at our faces (i.e. Modern Family, Glee, etc). Not that I’m against equal rights and letting people choose for themselves, it’s just so overdone everywhere, and SOO redundant. Wake me up when there’s a new theme/message to overplay. SNOOZE.

      • thin

        Well said. It’s ridiculous that people keep talking about equal rights for everyone as if they wanted it to actually happen.

      • Brian

        Stay asleep Christina. This song is great and if it can help some suffering kid living in an unaccepting environment, it is a bigger success than your self righteous cynicism. Everything doesn’t have to be Ozzie and Harriet like you.

      • Christina

        Oh sweet Brian, you completely missed my point. What I mean is some “suffering kid” has PLENTY of other shows/songs/celebrity tweets/etc to rely on, and I’m simply not as entertained with such themes because they are EVERYWHERE in Hollywood. It’s just getting old. Wow, you have anger management issues.

      • Christina

        Oh and Brian, here are just a few songs that happpen to be super popular right now that have the EXACT same theme: We R Who We R, Raise Your Glass, Firework, F*** Perfect…..
        You see my point now?!?! Sheesh.

      • MultiPass

        Oh settle down kids, it’s just pop music. It’s not important at all, it’s just disposable ear candy. Christina is correct, the current crop of people who spend money on music and the radio programmers’ taste are all leaning clearly into “empowerment” themes. And Lady Gaga is no idiot, she is embracing the zeitgeist and putting her own stamp on it. Not a big deal and, most likely based on her track record, a very catchy song that will be a major international hit.

        Could be worse… it could be the early 90s and we’d be discussing the relative merits of songs of desperation and self loathing.

      • Usaidit

        You said it like it is Multipass… Pop music can be disposable… Most people don’t even pay attention to the lyrics… Why not make them at least uplifting and positive…

      • KRibbons

        You know, I agree with you about Glee and it being a trend in Hollywood, however I would take Modern Family out of the equation. I don’t think having a homosexual couple is preachy. I would say its the least preachy show. They don’t delve into that realm and I appreciate them for it.

      • KRibbons

        And Multipass, that is one of the most intelligent comments I have ever read on a message board.

      • funchingo

        you would begrudge any people expressing their pride? Unless you have no will of your own you could choose not to watch Glee and watch Jersey Shore instead There could never be too much media that celebrates diversity and tolerence There could be a hell of a lot less of Jersey Shore and since I have llla will of my own I do choose not to watch

      • Josh

        Christina is kind of an idiot. Gaga announced and sang a portion of her song before some of those songs were even recorded.

      • Christina

        Josh, it’s my opinion, sorry that it’s different than yours. Also, to me it doesn’t matter when the others were recorded relative to when Gaga announced/sang, etc…she’s releasing it NOW, after all the other similar themes, and I’m SORRY, IT’S JUST GETTING OLD. Deal with the fact that it’s a trend that Gaga is just a part of, NOT INVENTING. She’s not as genius as everyone makes her out to be. Just because she wears funny clothes doesn’t make her legendary and groundbreaking. Her songs on a stand-alone basis are just as ordinary/similar to her competition. If she dressed like your average girl at the mall, nobody would even remember her.

      • Kyle

        May I just point out that Gaga was pushing this message of acceptance and loving who you are LONG before Ke$ha, P!nk, and most other pop artists decided to jump on the band wagon? I’m not saying that anyone’s message of equality is less than another’s, but to say that Gaga is “embracing the zeitgeist” or “[joining] the rest of the trends in Hollywood that scream equal rights themes at our face” is a bit inaccurate. She isn’t doing this because it’s “trendy” or “in”…give her more credit than that.

    • Lassy

      what is with all these tight-asses on this board. So what if it’s preachy? Made me feel warm and accepted. Just loosen up and enjoy the song for what it is

      • Lari

        I have to agree with Lassy! Most lyrics go unnoticed anyways… It’s the beat that carries most of the weight… So I don’t mind if it is a little preachy… If it is for a good cause and is not too cheesy… which this is not!!!! And it is not as generic as most of the other songs out today… No one makes pop music like she has been making…

  • Jonathan

    The song sounds like a true anthem; regardless of its success (which I’m sure will be massive), this sounds like the sort of arena-filling song that Bad Romance was. I hope for the best from this woman who fully embraces everyone, and yet can still be pro-faith.

    • Krissy

      I agree!! I love how the song isn’t just about the LGBT community, it is about everyone. Work it, Gaga!

      • kat

        it’s about everyone? “no matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered life.” WHAT ABOUT THE ASEXUALS GAGA??? HOW COME YOU FORGOT ABOUT THEM?

    • OCC

      REALLY KAT? You MUST be kidding.

      • kat

        Sort of. Not really. Well maybe. For someone who is passionate about embracing people of all sexual orientations gaga did sort of forget about them. Just saying.

      • funchingo

        Hey Kat by definition I don’t think Asexuals would give a Fvck anyway

  • Jonathan

    The song sounds like a true anthem; regardless of its success (which I’m sure will be massive), this sounds like the sort of arena-filling song that Bad Romance was. I hope for the best for this woman who fully embraces everyone, and yet can still be pro-faith.

    • n

      Seconded.

  • Jose

    Amazing! Cannot wait to hear the song. I am on pins and needles!

  • Michael

    I really think the lyrics are pretty terrible. If you want to give her props for the subject matter, ok, fine. But I really think those lyrics are atrocious.

  • da

    wow…the lyrics are really amazing. Can’t wait to hear the song.

  • B.Boy

    The lyrics read a bit cheesy and overdone, but hopefully with the music they’ll sound better.

  • jfms777

    People love 1979’s “I Will Survive” even to this day. This has a similar power.

  • will

    Sucks!!! Katy Perry’s Firework is soooo much better

    • Bella

      Lol you must be deaf or in this case blind to think so

    • Krissy

      Katy’s song is decent, but she should have let Kelly Clarkson sing it. Katy sounds like she is busting a vocal chord and screeching.

      • Jonathan

        That’s a great idea; Kelly would sound amazing singing that song!

      • Allison

        OMG That’s brilliant. We can only hope.

    • Kieran Bonilla

      Please, you are OUT of your mind! You haven’t even heard it yet! How can you even COMPARE firework to this?? “DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE A PLASTIC BAG DRIFTING THROUGH THE WIND?” ARE YOU SERIOUS!?? That is the STUPIDEST thing I have ever heard. This song is written so much beter! No cheesy metophores that sound terrible when sung live by Katy Perry… PUH-LEASE. Born This Way is amazing.

      • Gerard

        OMG!!!!! SOOO TRUE! haha I love how you said that, exactly what I think!

      • Little Monsterrr

        Totally agree…xD

      • Dxx

        Not to mention essentially lifted from the film American Beauty. *Someone* has been working her Netflix subscription…

      • MultiPass

        i will say that I have never felt like a plastic bag, nor a firework. But I would agree that I was definitely born this way and other people can suck it if they don’t like it.

  • n

    Wow. These lyrics are amazing. Makes me want to dance and sing along, even without having heard the beat yet? So does her album release on Feb. 13, too??

    • Jonathan

      Nope, album drops May 23 or 25, can’t remember which.

      • Little Monsterrr

        May 25 i think…

  • maj

    i’ve never seen so much hype over a song that no one has heard yet… hope she can live up to it.

    • n

      Yeah, wouldn’t that be AWK-WARD if the actual song turns out to suck? That seems impossible, but still, that would be funny. Kind of.

  • Spud

    It’s hard to tell what the song is going to be like until the song actually comes out. Until then… I make no judgments.

  • Jase

    So basically its just gayer 2011 version of Xtina’s Beautfiul? The chorus is good, the lyrics to the verses are not.

    • n

      Hmmm, I don’t much care for this comment.

      • Jase

        Sometimes the truth hurts.

      • n

        Right, it does. Not looking to get in a catty message board fight, tho. Christina’s Beautiful was slow and depressing, and mildly uplifting. Sure, I’ve probably listened to it 100+ times. However, I don’t see how Gaga’s BTW is a ‘gayer version’. Because she says lesbian in it? Whatevs, you know you’ll buy it and love it.

      • Jase

        There is nothing depressing about Beautiful. Just because its a ballad does not make it depressing. I was just pointing out the songs are similar. “I’m beautiful in my way cause God makes no mistakes”, “I am beautiful no matter what they say”

      • Kieran Bonilla

        “Gayer” Love how you are using Gay as an insult a song that defends gays to defend a song that also defends gays. haha YOU FAIL!

      • Jase

        Uh @Kieran, I’m gay. So…

      • nemo

        god makes no mistakes? So the shooter who kill a little girl is no mistake? You do not have the ability to reason, you just do what feels good to you.

      • Danny

        @nemo The Shooter wasn’t Born That Way. You are barking up the wrong tree.

    • Krissy

      First of all, Christina sang Linda Perry’s song.

      Secondly, the theme of this is similar, but done with completely different style, lyric, and energy. Kind of like how Applesauce and an Apple Jolly Rancher are 2 very different things. They can both be great songs, in their own way!

    • Nikoe

      to you, maybe it is.. but to me, not really. Lady gaga started all these hype about being proud of who you are… weird fashion, ring a bell?

  • Drew

    Christina Aguilera already did this…..
    Plus ya know- Firework, We R Who We R, Raise Your Glass, F**kin Perfect etc etc.

    • Bella

      Yeaaah..
      except for the little detail that Firework, We R Who we R, and Pink’s songs all came out after Lady Gaga said she was working on Born This Way being an empowering anthem celebrating individuality.
      So that small but important detail leaves your comment as irrelevant as those girls will be once this song is released.

      2K11 = The year of Gaga and the era of BTW

      • Jase

        Katy’s album was out before GaGa made that announcement so ….. i guess i can give u Kesha. But Katy finished recording her album in April.

      • Nikoe

        LOL, but actually, Lady gaga finished writing the single WAY before that. lol she was already hyping about the “first single” by March. you wouldn’t know unless ur like an avid fan. i mean she’s the original person who progressed that freaking theme of “being who you are” … Lady gaga is awesome.

      • Jase

        “she’s the original person who progressed that freaking theme of “being who you are”…”
        I can’t take you seriously. This is why i hate her fans. They think she invented everything. Most of her ideas are built upon/recycled ideas of Madonna’s. Katy did not write Firework because she heard that GaGa had a song about liking who you are.

      • Nikoe

        LOL did madonna freaking do that in 2000s?!?! no, MADONNA had this idea too and she did what lady gaga is doing before IN HER ERA. Now, Lady Gaga is the new Madonna. Come on now, like freaking Katy Perry is so original. LOL. Tell me the things that Gaga recycled please. TELL ME. Also, I didn’t say Katy wrote it because she heard Gaga had a song on that. Gaga is just so much better than Katy Perry. both writing + live performance.

        Now, when lady gaga wasn’t in the business, there was no hype with the “being who you are” theme. she started it THIS DECADE [for the YOUNGER fans of THIS generation] and look, everyone was jumping on the Bandwagon.

        No Matter what you say, it is a FACT that Lady Gaga… is the QUEEN and she is the epitome for FREEDOM.

      • Jonathan

        I kinda agree with both sides here; it’s annoying when the super-Gaga fans say she’s the most original artist ever when Madonna was groundbreaking, but at the same time Gaga has done a LOT of interesting things that I don’t believe Madonna ever did. I love both women, Gaga more (I also like Katy but Gaga is just on a completely different level). Madonna’s Express Yourself was slightly similar to this track, but I think BTW will be such a more epic song. I’ll hold that until I hear the track, but I have high hopes.

      • Rob

        Jonathan,

        Gaga has done a lot of different things. Nothing I say will take away from that. BUT please factor in a number of things: Madonna was always Madonna…she wasn’t born Ethel Ciccone and decided to change into a character. Madonna just basically had MTV to promote herself and she used it brilliantly. Gaga was born Stephanie and slowly morphed herself into her current state. Gaga also had major money behind her from the get-go from her parents (although she doesn’t remember it that way) so she could afford those biblical outfits. Gaga also had Twitter and YouTube to help her. Imagine 12 year old boys playing piano to Express Yourself way back in 1989? Gaga is constantly in character and never seems to take a day off. Madonna never wore outrageous outfits like that other than onstage and those were tame compared to todays popstars, let alone Gaga. I applaud Gaga for loving the gays but this seems overboard. I think this song will be banned by some conservative radio stations and I can just imagine the video! Please don’t sell Madonna short. The world is a different place…Gaga has benefitted a lot from Madonna opening the doors. The world of pop music is a lot different too.

    • n

      Wow, you should work in the music industry! Why oh WHY do artists continue making music?!? All of the songs you mentioned are just like ‘I Will Survive,’ and so are about 1billion others. So once a topic is covered in a song, no other song by anyone should ever address the same song then?

      • Krissy

        I agree with you N. ALL musicians take what came before them and add their own little twist to it. Even Elvis did this. He took “black” music and brought it to a white audience. Even people like Eddie Van Halen took music that came before them (classical piano runs), and put it on the guitar, adding his own twist.

    • Sean

      And Michael Jackson’s Black & White, Madonna’s Express Yourself, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation in addition to Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful.

    • Ing

      I mean honestly, why are you guys arguing over Gaga “copying” and idea, when it is such a great thing to have so many empowering songs out there for the bullied teens that need it? It is a serious problem, and the more people do something about it, the better! So who cares with who came up with the idea first? If all these songs save at least one teen from committing suicide, we should all be happy. Embrace the movement, don’t fight it.

      • Krissy

        Amen, Ing! The more positive songs out there, the better. The arts are called “The Humanities” because that is what truly separates us from animals. Our ability to reflect on ourselves and our society is what makes us human. Even if this is done in a pop way, it is still commentary on society.

      • Kelcie

        Thank you!! I can stand how quick people are to bash a song, even if it’s positive.

  • crispy

    Wow, Carl Bean is going to want to have a word with Lady Gaga when he hears this.

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