"I Like It Rough" as written by Martin Kierszenbaum and Stefani J. Germanotta....
Your love is nothing I can't fight
Can't sleep with the man who dims my shine

I'm in the bedroom,
With tissues and when,
I know you're outside banging that I won't let you in
'Cause it's a hard life, with love in the world
And I'm a hard girl,
Loving me is like chewing on pearls

You've got me wandering why I
I like it rough I,
I like it rough I,
I like it rough

You've got me wandering why I
I like it rough I,
I like it rough I,
I like it rough

Won't go without my fix tonight
It's a little too rough
Prom girl wipes her tears with silver lines
And she can't get enough

I'm in the bedroom
With tissues and when,
I know you're outside banging that I won't let you in
'Cause it's a hard life, with love in the world
And I'm a hard girl
Loving me is like straightening curls

You've got me wandering why I
I like it rough I,
I like it rough I,
I like it rough

You've got me wandering why I
I like it rough I,
I like it rough I,
I like it rough

I'm shiny and I know it,
Don't know why you wanna blow it,
Need a man who likes it rough, likes it rough, likes it rough.

I'm shiny and I know it,
Don't know why you wanna blow it,
Need a man who likes it rough, likes it rough, likes it rough.

Is it because you don't mean it?
Or because I don't feel it?
Yes it's rough.

Is it because you don't mean it?
Or because I don't feel it?
Yes it's rough.

You've got me wandering why I
I like it rough I,
I like it rough I,
I like it rough

You've got me wandering why I
I like it rough I,
I like it rough I,
I like it rough

You've got me wandering why I
I like it rough I,
I like it rough I,
I like it rough

You've got me wandering why I
I like it rough I,
I like it rough I,
I like it rough


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"I Like It Rough" as written by Martin Kierzenbaum Stefani Germanotta

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  • +7
    General Commenti think she's trying to explain her realization of the fact that she likes rough sex because her relationships are so unsatisfying that if she cant feel it in her heart when she's "making love" she might as well feel it somewhere else. and the more she feels it down there the less she'll think about the lack of love there is. or maybe she's been hurt so many times in the past with crappy relationships that rough sex is the only thing she looks forward to, so even when a good guy is "outside banging," she wont let him in. instead she just prefers rough sex, comfort zone. it made more sense in my head...
    chrysstyleon February 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationOH MY GOD YOU GUYS ARE ALL SO STUPID
    THIS SONG HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SEX AT ALL. SHIT YOU GUS ARE SO PERVERTED. TAKE A STEP BACK, and look at a tortured woman, who is CLEARLY different from everyone else. Now, listen carefully, Iwill make it clear.

    Your love is nothing I can't fight (can't fight)
    Can't sleep with a man who dims my shine (my shine)
    (I can turn away from you if I need to, I can't stay with someone who overpowers me. I'M in charge.)

    I'm in the bedroom (bedroom) with tissues and when
    I know you're outside banging
    Then I won't let you in
    (I'm crying here because I don't know what to do, and you're outside pleading for me to let you into my heart)

    'Cause it's a hard life (hard life)
    With love in the world
    And I'm a hard girl
    Loving me's like chewing on pearls (chewing on pearls)
    (Love hurts, and I've been hurt. I'm a tough girl who has built an exterior, loving me will hurt you until I can trust you)

    [chorus]
    You've got me wonderin' why I, I like it rough, I, I like it rough, I, I like it rough [x2]
    (But, I do like you so much, and you've got me wondering if it's worth it to let you in. Can I trust you?)

    Won't go without my fix tonight
    It's a little too rough
    (But, I'll give in tonight and stay with you tonight even if you're just playing with me. I need to feel loved.)

    Prom girl wipes her tears with silver lines
    And she can't get enough
    (I know I'm making this a little too dramatic, but I can't get enough of this spotlight.)

    I'm in the bedroom (bedroom) with tissues and when
    I know you're outside banging
    Then I won't let you in
    'Cause it's a hard life (hard life)
    With love in the world
    (See above)

    And I'm a hard girl
    Loving me's like straightening curls
    (straightening curls)
    (Loving me will be frustrating for you until I believe you love me.)

    [chorus]

    I'm shiney and I know it
    Don't know why you wanna blow it
    (I'm an attractive woman etc and I know it and I don't see why you would blow this for me)

    Need a man who likes it rough, likes it rough, likes it rough
    (I need a man who isn't afraid of a challenge.)

    Is it 'cause you don't mean it
    Or because I don't feel it
    Unless it's rough?
    (Am I not feeling this because you're just playing around, or because I don't feel it unless you're really fighting for me.)

    And there's you're explanation. =)
    I'm positive I'm right, because I am an aries like her, and all Aries women have a problem with insecurities (look it up) and this just makes so much sense to me. It really has nothing to do with sex! It's a giant metaphor for not wanting to get hurt, but liking someone so much she's wondering if he's worth pushing away.
    gagaobsessedon March 16, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentalright so she interviewed on FUSE on tv and she explained that this song means: she likes things in her life that are complicated but she doesn't understand why she complicates things and enjoys it. so she likes it rough... it might not be about just the sex. she might mean both though.
    kykygon April 29, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOMG I can't wait for this video to come out! I think it's about a hot girl who's fed up of an abusive, insecure guy that says that loves her but treats her like garbage.
    "can't sleep with a man that dims my shine." She is realizing this as She's probably been stuck with the regular Joe that treats her bad in an attempt to keep her hooked. Nevertheless she's seeing that she has put up with the guys insecurities and bad ass behavior over good sex and now she realizes she likes it rough, but she can do better. idk. She refers to her as a "prom girl" cuz she's like a "princess" type and It seems as if she does take cocaine in the attempt to numb her pain and of course she is upset but she knows he's gotta go. "You're outside bangin, but i wont let you in."

    Wow, If lady Gaga ever reads this. I want to say you are so sophisticated and lovely to me. People don't appreciate raw femininity because of our extravagance. A lot of girls are actually criticized for expressing their creative feminine side and they are abused by ignorant people call it either rare, gay or some other weird shit. You look like a beautiful Italian girl to me... And you are tops no questions asked...love you! TY=)
    CV4everon May 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is talking about a relationship being rough as in complicated and hard to handle...am i on the rite track here lol
    =]on December 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlright. let's put everything together without anyone's personal experiences influencing the interpretation:

    Boy likes girl. Girl sings song about it.

    For whatever reason, the girl likes it rough, or at least wants it rough. She wants to feel something strong and powerful, perhaps sort of like how many women have rape fantasies.

    I really don't think the tissues are because she's crying, c'mon, she's fighting in this song!! She's having a good time - alone. She needs tissues... yeah, now you've got it.

    This guy that likes her is soft, but she wants a fight to know it's real. She wants to be able to fight and be crazy and still be assured the guy loves her back and wants her enough to fight for her, with her. This guy, on the other hand: his "love is nothing [she] can't fight."

    Tears with silver lines... I don't think the girl is wiping her tears with "silver lines," rather, I think the silver lines are a description of the tears coursing down her face. She wipes the tears, yet she still wants it rough. Her shine is simply her brazen personality. Prom girl? or just dressed up prostitute. You decide.

    Nevertheless, she recognizes that this guy is pretty sweet, and so he's "got [her] wonderin' why [she] likes it rough." So she tries for a moment to place blame on him with "is it 'cause you don't mean it?" But she knows... she just likes it rough. :)
    JustineByrrdon December 31, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAll of you have great interpretations of this song, I think GaGa is an amazing song writer. To me this song is about her in a relationship with a guy who wants more than casual sex.

    "I'm in the bedroom (bedroom) with tissues and when
    I know you're outside banging
    Then I won't let you in"

    I think she's saying that this guy wants more from their relationship than she does. He's trying to get into her thoughts and how she's feeling but she just wants something physical so she 'won't let him in'.

    "Cause it's a hard life (hard life)
    With love in the world
    And I'm a hard girl
    Loving me's like chewing on pearls (chewing on pearls)"

    She's saying that loving her is hard because she doesn't want anything serious.

    "I'm shiney and I know it
    Don't know why you wanna blow it
    Need a man who likes it rough, likes it rough, likes it rough
    Is it 'cause you don't mean it
    Or because I don't feel it
    Unless it's rough?"

    She's saying that this guy has it made with her, she doesn't want anything serious she just wants the physical stuff, but he wants to blow it by trying to make it a serious relationship. She needs a man who just wants sex and nothing else.

    So I don't think the song is about her liking rough sex, I think it's a little deeper than that. That's just what I think.
    dustinatoron September 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about cocaine
    wipes her tears with silver lines = ignores her tears by doing coke
    its also about rough sex, as the obvious meaning ;)
    felic123on May 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLady Gaga is a man. Period.
    Staub94IstRetardedon November 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think she uses the phrase 'like it rough' from sex for sensationalism, but actually applies it to the emotional side of relationships - why does she want the 'bad romance', the 'drama', the fights and tears? Why isn't she emotionally satisfied with a nice quiet relationship you can take home to your parents?
    maiamaiaon December 20, 2014   Link

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