Born This Way
by Lady Gaga
"I wrote it in ten f**ing minutes," Lady Gaga said of "Born This Way," "and it is a completely magical message song. And after I wrote it, the gates just opened, and the songs kept coming. It was like an immaculate conception."
Those are some seriously self-aggrandizing words, and not everyone is delighted that Gaga chose not to spend more than ten minutes on the song's composition. Some were offended by her haphazard list of racial identities (see the Lyrics) tab for more on that and others found her hip chanting to be nothing better than a weak Madonna rip-off. But one thing that can be said for Lady Gaga is that the woman has a pretty extreme level of self-assurance, bordering on a serious ego problem. Her stance on her songwriting is "say what you will, but I am beautiful."
"I want to write my freedom record," she said. "'I want to write my this-is-who-the-f**-I-am anthem,' but I don't want it to be hidden in poetic wizardry and metaphors. I want it to be an attack, an assault on the issue because I think, especially in today's music, everything gets kind of washy sometimes and the message gets hidden in the lyrical play." Where she lacks in lyrical play, she makes up for—at least from the fan's perspective—in sheer fabulousness. This would not be the first time in the history of pop that brilliant lyricism took a back seat to catchiness.