"Bad Romance" as written by Nadir Khayat and Stefani Germanotta....
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh! Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!
Caught in a bad romance
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh! Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!
Caught in a bad romance

Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
Ro mah ro-mah-mah
Gaga oh-la-la!
Want your bad romance

Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
Ro mah ro-mah-mah
Gaga ooh-la-la!
Want your bad romance

I want your ugly
I want your disease
I want your everything
As long as it's free
I want your love
Love-love-love
I want your love

I want your drama
The touch of your hand
I want your leather studded kiss in the sand
I want your love
Love-love-love, I want your love (Love-love-love, I want your love)

You know that I want you
And you know that I need you
I want it bad
Your bad romance

I want your love and
I want your revenge
You and me could write a bad romance
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh!)
I want your love and
All your lovers revenge
You and me could write a bad romance

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh! Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!
Caught in a bad romance

Oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh! Oh-oh-ooh-oh-oh-oh!
Caught in a bad romance

Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
Ro mah ro-mah-mah
Gaga ooh-la-la!
Want your bad romance

I want your horror
I want your design
'Cause you're a criminal
As long as your mine
I want your love
Love-love-love
I want your love

I want your psycho, your vertigo shtick
Want you in my rear window
Baby you're sick, I want your love
Love-love-love, I want your love (Love-love-love, I want your love)

You know that I want you
And you know that I need you
I want it bad, bad romance

I want your love and
I want your revenge
You and me could write a bad romance
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh!)
I want your love and
All your lovers revenge
You and me could write a bad romance

Oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh! Oh-oh-ooh-oh-oh-oh!
Caught in a bad romance

Oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh! Oh-oh-ooh-oh-oh-oh!
Caught in a bad romance

Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
Ro mah ro-mah-mah
Gaga ooh-la-la!
Want your bad romance

Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
Ro mah ro-mah-mah
Gaga oh-la-la!
Want your bad romance

Walk, walk fashion baby, work it move that bitch crazy
Walk-walk fashion baby, work it move that bitch crazy
Walk-walk fashion baby, work it move that bitch crazy
Walk-walk passion baby, work it I'm a free bitch baby

I want your love
And I want your revenge
I want your love
I don't wanna be friends

(J'veux ton amour et je veux ta revanche j'veux ton amour)
I don't wanna be friends, I don't wanna be friends
I don't wanna be friends, I don't wanna be friends
Want your bad romance (caught in a bad romance) want your bad romance

I want your love and
I want your revenge
You and me could write a bad romance
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh!)
I want your love and
All your lovers revenge
You and me could write a bad romance

Oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh! Want your bad romance
Caught in a bad romance
Want your bad romance
Oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh! Want your bad romance
Caught in a bad romance

Rah rah ah-ah-ah!
Ro mah ro-mah-mah
Gaga ooh-la-la!
Want your bad romance


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"Bad Romance" as written by Nadir Khayat, Stefani Germanotta

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  • +8
    General CommentI like this song, to. One thing I agree with from a previous poster is that when you comment on this site, I think its pretty stupidto waste time talking about how much you like the song if you're not goingto bother analyzing it's meaning.
    I think that it may possibly be about falling in love with a best friend. I saw a few references to motif like 'fashion monster' things that she has mentioned in interviews before. If she did say it was about a best friend, I think that the issue has to do with the fact that she deeply wants the guy, she's in love with him, but something isn't right. He's a bit of a psycho, sick, something like that, and part of her hates him and part of her knows it only ends in disaster, but she wants it anyways. And she knows that he knows she wants him. It will end with one of them, probably her, eliciting a revenge if they actually have a romance together. She doesn't want to be his friend, but he only wants friendship. Their relationship isn't healthy but it is passionate, especially on her side. She wants a 'bad romance', a sick, passionate, love. It may even be a married man, because of what she said about the baby sick another room. I think that the whole idea of something being very wrong, very off, is present, yet she only wants more. Its definetly desperate and painful for her. She loves him.
    surrogatehobbyon November 14, 2009   Link
  • +7
    General CommentI THINK THIS SONG IS ABOUT WHEN WE GO TO THE STORE AND BUY BREAD AND FORGET THE MUSTARD ...
    jrocks4jcon December 03, 2009   Link
  • +7
    Song Meaningi LOVE this song!
    it has been mentioned by gaga herself per publicized interviews that the song "bad romance" is about the act of telling the person you have fallen head over heels with that you truly love them, and the love you feel for them is so strong that you are fully prepared and willing to take on the sickest, deepest parts of them to be able to enjoy their presence. "i want your ugly, i want your disease" is saying i want everything that encompasses who you are. "i want your love and i want your revenge" is the depiction of how you want the love they make you feel, AND you want the revenge and fights that may ensue. you want them in every respect. you don't wanna be friends. you want to be soulmates. being friends would be a drastic understatement.
    hope i helped! :)).
    andrewlew89on February 17, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentAnd obviously rear window is a double entendre :S
    butterflykiss84on October 19, 2009   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningWell from what I got from the song. It seems to be a completely different then most people.

    When she says "Bad Romance" I don't think it means something awful or terrible. She's saying "Bad Romance" Like in a bad romance novel. Where it's cheesy and tacky and overly predictable fluff. Where the main characters fall completely in love and run off into the sunset.... it's totally cliche

    Ergo she sing:

    "I want your love
    I want your revenge
    You and me could write
    a bad romance"

    During the verses she basically listing off cliche plot lines in romance novels

    "I want your drama
    The touch of your hand
    I want you leather studded
    Kiss in the sand."

    And when she says things like

    "I want your psycho
    Your vertigo stick
    want you in my rear window
    baby it's sick..."

    She makes all the references to horror movies by Hitchcock. She's basically saying that she wants ALL of him. The good the bad and the ugly. Parts of him that he'd rather hide from the world, parts of him that aren't considered good traits. Because she loves him that much.

    It's not a BAD romance...

    It's a bad romance!

    fluffy, tacky, predictable, cliche bad romance. And she wants to write it with him....

    HelenaFiegoon November 27, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti watched an interview with her and she said the song is about loving someone's whole being. "I want your ugly, i want your disease", "i want your horror, i want your design" both mean that they may not be perfect, but you still love them. I love how Lady Gaga is so much her own person and doesn't care what anyone else thinks of her. She had also said that she wants people to interpret her music in their own way, and love it for how it makes you feel.
    ahsilalishaon March 08, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this her basically wanting a guy. He's probably some fucked-up guy but she doesn't care. She wants him--she doesn't just want to be friends. She wants sex!!

    I love this song. It really gets me in the mood of dancing...she's awesome. I think I have a girl crush on her to be honest ;)
    spunkychickon October 25, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI agree with the people who say it is about fame.
    Lady GaGa is mocking pop culture. She exploiting the music industry for all it is worth. She is obsessed with fame, the fact that culture worships famous people and she admits that her songs are nothing more than souless pop. Lady GaGa has an image she wants to portray.
    I think she is an outstanding artist, not so much for her music, but for what her message is outside of her songs and the fact that she is on top of the charts.

    This song is about her wanting a bad romance with fame, and the music industry.
    She wants everything about it, the paparazzi, the money, the tabloids...
    The music video is her being sold off to a group of men, who I believe represent the music industry.
    She is a Fame Monster, and I love it.
    themagicteethon December 14, 2009   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningAnalysis of the Video
    The video is dense with symbols and odd images. Some are significant while others seem to be random. It is obvious that the whole concept is a huge allegory for the reality of fame. She plays the role of a mind-controlled and drugged sex slave who is prepared to get auctioned to members of the Russian mafia. Here’s the video.



    Main Story Line
    The video starts with Gaga emerging from what looks like a high-tech coffin or maybe a sensory deprivation tank.

    At the beginning of the video, she is deprived of her senses. Either her eyes, her ears or her nose are covered. Sensory deprivation is a torture technique used on prisoners or mind controlled slaves in order to “break” them and to facilitate their re-education. She is a beginner, an amateur and she doesn’t really know what she’s doing.


    Gaga can’t see or hear anything
    In one scene, she is wearing thick sunglasses and talking to herself through a mirror.



    This is reminiscent of The Who’s Tommy movie, where a deaf, dumb and blind boy only becomes responsive when staring at the mirror.


    The Who’s Tommy is a movie about a boy who becomes deaf, dumb and blind after a traumatic event.

    Gaga then bathes herself to “wash off her sins” as Gaga said in an interview about the video. She is “wide-eyed” and innocent but we’ll see that she’ll gradually turn into a “Fame Monster”.


    Innocent Gaga taking an innocent bath with her big innocent eyes
    She is then roughly handled by two women. She fights them but she finally accepts her fate and even raises her hands in praise.



    Throughout the video, there is a back and forth between her being forced to go through with her duties as a slave and her willingness to go through with them. She is then forced to drink some vodka, which is in fact an MTV-friendly substitute for drugs. Mind controlled sex slaves are heavily drugged to numb their thoughts and make them easy to manipulate.

    Gaga is then undressed and forced to perform in front of a bunch of men. Those mafioso can represent the Illuminati, the dark force ruling the music industry. The masks represent their hidden nature. Each individual represents a record company, and they are bidding to see who will sign her.



    Gaga seems to be well aware of what is happening and she chooses to charm a particular guy, who seems to have what she wants. The masked man seems to enjoy what is happening to him and bids to obtain her.


    One second left to the auction for the services of Lady Gaga
    Gaga is then required to fulfill her duties as a sex slave by…you’ve guessed it… having sex with the winning bidder. So she proceeds into a very symbolic room.


    Her hands are strategically placed under the horned heads. Immediately after, a fire ignites the room.

    On each side of the bed are gazelle heads, who symbolically refer to Baphomet, the horned idol of Western occultism.



    If you’ve read my other articles on the music industry, you already know of the frequent use of the likeness of Baphomet in music videos and pictures. My past articles on Gaga have shown her posing in the same way as the image above. Strategically placed horned heads have appeared in her past videos and photo shoots. Having said that, the presence of those horned heads in that room is not merely decorative, it is very symbolic.

    Gaga is “offering herself” at the altar of Baphomet in order to become initiated and accepted into the Order. She does not want “to be friends” with the music industry, she wants to be an insider (she’s not a “Fame Monster” for nothing). So this offering gets consumed by fire, and not sex, because it is about Baphomet and not the Russian guy. He was just a means for her to obtain what she wanted..fame.



    When the fire starts, another scene plays simultaneously showing Gaga and masked dancers dressed in red, the color of sacrifice and initiation. The virginal white garments she wore during most of the video are replaced by bloody red, a visual confirmation of the fact that she is now initiated and accepted as an insider. In my article on the 2009 VMA awards (article here), we see that Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift start out the show wearing white garments and, after a symbolic performance, they appear completely dressed in red. The codes of the music industry seem to be used over and over again, in videos, award shows and photo shoots.



    Gaga then makes her trademark “Eye in the triangle” hand gesture after her initiation to make it clear who owns her now…the Illuminati.

    The final scene shows Gaga lying in bed with the burned skeleton of the Russian mafiosi.



    Notice how everything is burnt except the two gazelle heads. The real “intercourse” happened between Gaga and Baphomet. The guy was a tool, a middle-man who was sacrificed in the process of Gaga’s initiation.

    So Gaga basically went through the steps a mega-pop star has to go through in order to “make it big” in the music industry. She ultimately got what she wanted and apparently played the game on her own terms. Let’s see how that works out for her.

    Other Symbols
    Aside from the main storyline, the video is riddled with numerous symbols and images which are occult in nature. Here are some of them:

    Sun Symbolism
    There are many symbols referring to the sun in the video. As said above, Ra is an Egyptian sun god who is mentioned many times in the magic incantation-like “Rah-rah” chant. Sun worship has always been at the center of occult mysteries as it is considered to be the ultimate representation of God.


    Image of the sun in the razorblade shades. She is wearing a golden dress. Gold is representative of the sun in occultism.

    Golden sunlight bringing her back to life

    Gaga at the center of planetary orbits
    Anti-Christian Symbolism
    Christianity has always been at odds with occult secret societies. Persecutions and accusations come from both sides and one often defines itself by the negating the other. This is also represented in the video.


    The word “Monster” with a Christian cross underneath it creates a not-so-subliminal unconscious association The cross associated with the word “Monster” is also seen on her promotional pictures:


    Notice the position of her hands
    A cross placed right on her “privates”. No matter what religion you are, you know this is not a sign of respect
    In this choreography, Gaga does what looks like the sign of the cross but her hand gesture describes a triangle instead (classic phallic symbol). Enjoy my brilliantly drawn triangle to help you visualize it.

    Reptilian Monster Symbolism
    In some scenes, Gaga gradually starts to look like reptilian monster, with a focus on the spine.


    Emphasis on the spine
    Why is her spine glowing?
    Angry looking bat on her head
    Bulging spine… I’m not sure of what she is doing with her fingers either.
    There is a great resemblance with the devil in this painting by Michael Pacher. Notice the spine.

    In Conclusion
    Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance is by far the densest and most symbolic video I’ve ever analyzed. It is a metaphorical yet accurate description of the steps which must be taken in order to become part of the “mega-pop-star machine”. Submission, control, business negotiations, initiation, secrecy and the embrace of dark forces are all represented in the video. Once decoded, the song describes indeed the Bad Romance of the music industry. The machine uses artists, it pimps them, it cheats on them with new, hotter artists and it finally dumps them when the initial appeal is lost.

    Gaga, the “Fame Monster” wants to be treated that way, knowing that there is not any other way to obtain world-wide fame. One might be extremely creative and talented, however fame can only be achieved through the exposure provided by the media corporations. They are owned by a secretive elite, represented by the masks on the faces of the bidders in the video. Bad Romance, more than simply serving the required dose of subversive symbolism to the MTV generation, offers a chilling description of a music industry ruled by the elite. And now comes the hardest part: getting this damn song out of my head.

    phokus360on December 24, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOn a radio interview today, she said that the song is about falling in love with your best friend.
    tasteofcherrypieon October 27, 2009   Link

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