Born This Way

In 2011, Lady Gaga stopped to perform in Houston while on her two year long Monster Ball Tour. A few family friends asked my mom and I if we’d like to attend the concert with them. Not extremely crazy about the over the top and wacky pop artist, I agreed to go because I thought it would be fun and interesting, plus I had never been to a live concert before. When we got to the Toyota Center, many of the fans were dressed in some of Lady Gaga’s most famous wild costumes; one person was even wearing a fake meat costume! Lady Gaga’s performance did not disappoint. With each song came an outfit change, a new set, and elaborate lighting and effects. The entire concert was exciting and the stage was never dull but always full of action and dancing. As the concert progressed, my respect for this artist grew. I realized how talented she was;her strong voice, her lyrics that she herself composed, her constant energy, and her outward portrayal were just a few factors that contributed to my growing respect for her. At the time when we saw her in concert in April 2011, Lady Gaga had not yet released her Born This Way album; this album was not released until May 2011. But at the end of her concert, as an encore performance, she performed two songs from her newest album: “Born This Way” and “You and I.” Of the two songs, “Born This Way” stuck out to me. The song is a self-empowerment song about accepting and loving yourself despite your background, ethnicity, or problems. She says that “there is nothin wrong with lovin who you are” in which she means be confident. She says to hold your head up because you are beautiful in your own unique way and God made you like that for a reason.

I can connect to this song because sometimes I find myself comparing myself to others. One prime example is my tendency to compare my math abilities to my brother. Math has never come naturally to me. Compared to my brother who can finish all of the math notes of one unit in one day, I have to work hard to understand concepts. Watching how math comes so easily to him, I get frustrated with myself and wonder why I can’t just understand like him. My mom has to remind me that it is ok to have to work hard to try to understand concepts and that while I may not be a math genius like him, I am good at other things that he struggles with. Sometimes I must remind myself of the message presented in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” song to accept myself as I am and not bring myself down by comparing my shortcomings to the strengths of others. As seen through the title of the song, I was “born this way,” and I must have confidence in myself and keep my head up.

Here are the lyrics to her song:

“Born This Way”

[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 nothing wrong with loving 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:]
Oh there ain’t no other way
Baby I was born this way
Baby I was born this way
Oh there ain’t no other way
Baby I was born this way
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way

Don’t be a drag ‒ just be a queen [x3]
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 + post-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!

[Fade away:]
Same DNA, but born this way.
Same DNA, but born this way.
Written and Sung by: Lady Gaga

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2 thoughts on “Born This Way

  1. Its so cool that you’ve been to a Lady Gaga concert!!! Born this way is a good anthem to live by and its great that you choose to accept yourself. Its cool not to compare yourself to others and be happy with what you’re good at.

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