WHAT MESSAGE IS LADY GAGA TRYING TO IMPART TO JUDAS? / CONCERT IS ON

MANILA, MAY 22, 2012 (PHILSTAR) FUNFARE UPDATE By Ricardo F. Lo - Will the group protesting against Lady Gaga’s concert tonight and tomorrow night at the newly-constructed Mall Of Asia (MOA) Arena (which Lady Gaga is formally opening) really charge the controversial singer for a crime said to be punishable with an imprisonment of six weeks to six years (pero bailable naman)?

That is, if Lady Gaga include in her repertoire the controversial song Judas.

For the enlightenment of everybody, the “anti-Gaga” included, Funfare Update is putting out the lyrics of the song and Lady Gaga’s explanation in an interview taken from Popjustice, which Funfare Update has found in the Internet. Also, some explanations from those who apparently understand the lyrics for what they really mean.

Judas

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Judas, Juda-ah-ah

Judas, Juda-ah-ah

Judas, Juda-ah-ah

Judas, Gaga

Judas, Juda-ah-ah

Judas, Juda-ah-ah

Judas, Juda-ah-ah

Judas, Gaga

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

Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh

I’ll bring him down, bring him down, down

Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh

A king with no crown, king with no crown

I’m just a holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel

But I’m still in love with Judas, baby

I’m just a holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel

But I’m still in love with Judas, baby

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Judas, Juda-ah-ah

Judas, Juda-ah-ah

Judas, Juda-ah-ah

Judas, Gaga

I couldn’t love a man so purely

Even prophets forgave his crooked way

I’ve learned love is like a brick, you can

Build a house or sink a dead body

Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh

I’ll bring him down, bring him down, down

Oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh

A king with no crown, king with no crown

I’m just a holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel

But I’m still in love with Judas, baby

I’m just a holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel

But I’m still in love with Judas, baby

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I’m in love with Judas, Judas

EW

In the most Biblical sense

I am beyond repentance

Fame hooker

Prostitute wench

Vomits her mind

But in the cultural sense

I just speak in future tense

Judas kiss me if offenced

Or wear an ear condom next time

I wanna love you

But something’s pulling me away from you

Jesus is my virtue

Judas is the demon I cling to

I cling to

I’m just a holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel

But I’m still in love with Judas, baby

I’m just a holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel

But I’m still in love with Judas, baby

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I’m in love with Judas, Judas

Judas, Juda-ah-ah

Judas, Juda-ah-ah

Judas, Juda-ah-ah

Judas, Gaga

And here are the ways by which Lady Gaga and other people explain the lyrics:

= According to an interview taken from Popjustice, this was Lady Gaga’s explanation about the song:

The first time Lady Gaga played us the tune she told us that in broad terms it was about being in love with the worst guy you’ve ever met, but as you might expect there’s more to it than that. “It’s about leaving your darkness behind in order to come into the light,” she added the other day. “I have a lot of things that have haunted me from my past - choices, men, drug abuse, being afraid to go back to New York, confronting old romances - and Judas represents, for me, something that is bad for me that I can’t escape. I keep going back and forth between the darkness and the light in order to understand who I am.

= Another explanation also culled from the Internet:

Well, it most definitely does not mean she worships the devil. Not at all. All of her songs have deep meanings, such as Telephone and Alejandro. You may think that Telephone is about her not answering her boyfriend because she wants to party, but it isn’t that broad. In the verse “can call all you want but there’s no one home and you’re not going to reach my telephone” is a metaphoric phrase. The “telephone” is a metaphor for her mind. And the song is about not being able to enjoy herself because of her dedication to her career. So that verse means that everybody can call to her all that they want, but they are not going to stop her from her career. (She even explained this in an interview).

So, back to Judas. The verse “In the most biblical sense, I am beyond repentance. Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind. But in the cultural sense, I just speak in future tense, Judas kiss me if offenced, or wear an ear condom next time” means that she has committed a lot of sins, but in society, she is just trying to change to future by explaining her mind, and if you take offense to it, then just don’t listen to her. It is just like Telephone and Alejandro. It has metaphors that are used to represent different things.

= And another explanation also from the Internet:

It’s basically about how she has a lover whom she knows is evil and bad, but she can’t pry herself away from him and be good.

Here are part of the lyrics:

I wanna love you,

But something’s pulling me away from you

Jesus is my virtue,

Judas is the demon I cling to

Anyway, as with poetry, one of the properties of music is “ambiguity,” which simply means that different people can interpret words and lyrics in ways that may be entirely different from that of the author.

Remember back then when self-appointed guardians of public morality read meanings in Hey Jude that the Beatles probably didn’t intend to put in the lyrics?

You know:

So you let out and let it in, hey Jude, begin

You’re waiting for someone to perform with

And don’t you know that it’s just you, hey Jude, you’ll do

The movement you need is on your shoulder…

On with the Lady Gaga concert FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo The Philippine Star Updated May 19, 2012 12:00 AM 5 comments to this post

[PHOTO- Lady Gaga in her official concert photo: Everybody is going gaga over her]

The Asian swing of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball world tour is going through turbulence (such as air pockets felt during a plane ride) in some areas, specifically in the predominantly-Muslim Indonesia where a group is denouncing the lyrics of some of Lady Gaga’s songs as immoral.

Is the Philippines, deemed as the most democratic country in Asia where freedom of expression (in arts and media) is held sacred, jumping into the anti-Lady Gaga bandwagon?

Well, there are such stirrings from a group who dismisses Lady Gaga’s songs as “harmful” especially to the millions (all over the world) of youths who have set Lady Gaga on a pedestal as idol. Will Lady Gaga be met with angry placards when she arrives in Manila for her two-night concert on May 21 and 22 at the newly-opened Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena? Lady Gaga was here for a concert a few years back and no such adverse reaction happened.

Will the pro-Lady Gaga group stage its own “welcome to the Philippines, with love” rally to balance the equation?

Back then, long before Lady Gaga was born, Baby Boomers for sure remember how the Beatles were castigated for what some groups thought were “objectionables” in their songs, for instance interpreting Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds as a veiled endorsement of the high-inducing drug LSD. Even the line “I get by with a little help from my friends” wasn’t spared from such (misleading) interpretation.

Even John Lennon’s “We are more popular than Christ” classic statement, quoted on the cover of Time magazine, generated outrage against the Fabulous Four, and labeled sacrilegious. Well, time has vindicated the Beatles who are hailed among the greatest artists of all time, their songs re-recorded in different languages.

Lady Gaga is included in Time’s annual “The 2010 Time 100” list of “The Most Influential People in the World,” as well as in Forbes’ list of “The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities” and placed her No. 7 in its annual list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” (No. 5 in the 2012 list).

Will time, and history, judge Lady Gaga the way it did the Beatles?

Anyway, Ovation Productions is pushing through with Lady Gaga’s two-night concert at the MOA Arena.

Here’s Ovation’s official statement from Renen de Guia, the producer:

On behalf of Ovation Productions, we would like to announce that “The Born This Way Ball” concerts of Lady Gaga set for May 21-22 at the Mall of Asia Arena will be staged as scheduled despite isolated calls from certain groups for cancellation.

While we respect the beliefs and positions of these organizations on certain fundamental issues concerning morality and decency, we wish to assure the general public that the performances of Lady Gaga will not pose as a threat to their sense of morality and conduct — especially the youth — as there groups have warned.

We appeal for greater understanding and ask the public to treat the musical and theatrical acts of Lady Gaga as authentic and legitimate forms of artistic expressions which have enjoyed widespread appeal and acceptance among millions worldwide.

“The Born This Way Ball” concert is no exception, and we are confident it will also be appreciated by local audiences once it is staged.

As I said, we are a free country. People may protest against issues or acts but they let other people choose what shows to watch and what shows not to watch.

(Note: For inquiries about the concert, call 470-2222.)


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