"Americano" as written by Stefani Germanotta, Brian Lee, Fernando Garibay and Paul Blair....
I met a girl in east L.A.
In floral shorts as sweet as May
She sang in eights in two-barrio chords
We fell in love, but not in court (La-la-la-la-la-la-la)

I don't sp', I don't sp'
Ah ah ah ah ah America Americano, ah ah ah ah ah America Americano

Mis canciones son de la re-revolución
Mi corazón me duele por mi generación
If you love me we can marry on the west coast
On a Wednesday en el verano en agosto

I don't speak your, I don't speak your language, oh no (la-la-la-la-la-la-la))
I don't speak your, I won't speak your, won't speak
Your Jesús Cristo (la-la-la-la-la-la-la)

Ah ah ah ah ah America Americano, ah ah ah ah ah America Americano

I will fight for, I have fought for how I love you (la-la-la-la-la-la-la)
I have cried for, I will die for how I care (la-la-la-la-la-la-la)
In the mountains, las campanas están sonando (la-la-la-la-la-la-la)
Todos los chicos (chicas) y los chicos (chicas) están besando (La-la-la-la-la-la-la)

I don't speak your, I don't speak your language, oh no (la-la-la-la-la-la-la)
I don't speak your, I won't speak your Jesús Cristo (la-la-la-la-la-la-la)
I don't speak your, I don't speak your Americano (la-la-la-la-la-la-la)
I don't speak your, I won't speak your Jesús Cristo (la-la-la-la-la-la-la)

Ah ah ah ah ah America Americano, ah ah ah ah ah America Americano
Ah ah ah ah ah America Americano, ah ah ah ah ah America Americano

Don't you try to catch me, don't you try to catch me
No, no, no, no I'm living on the edge of
Living on the edge of the law, law, law, law

Don't you try to catch me, don't you try to catch me
No, no, no, no don't you try to catch me
Living on the edge of the law, law, law, law


Lyrics submitted by hundredskies

"Americano" as written by Paul Edward Blair Brian Dong Ho Lee

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., SONGS MUSIC PUBLISHING

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  • +4
    Song MeaningI like the lyrics "If you love me we can marry on the west coast/On a Wednesday en el verano, en agosto" (on a wednesday in the summer, in august). It refers to Prop 8 being overturned on August 4th in California, on Wednesday Aug. 4. Very clever i'd say.
    pavinpon June 02, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI believe this song is more about Mexican-American immigration than gay marriage, though gay marriage is clearly a strong theme. In my view, it's about love between a Mexican girl and a girl from the US, who fall in love but due to immigration laws, they can't truly be together. It sound all fun and happy but whether it's about gay marriage or immigration or both, it's actually quite sad that they can't be together. :(
    BabyIWasBornThisWayon May 26, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAgree 100% with BabyIWasBornThisWay, it's definitely about immigration troubles/intolerance against Mexican immigrants as well as about gay marriage. "Don't you try to catch me" and "I'm living on the edge of law" point to this. "I don't speak your Americano" means she won't speak the language of intolerance that shows itself in laws and hatred against immigrants and gays.
    mister care-too-muchon May 28, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLady Gaga on her facebook: "AMERICANO is what the American dream means to me."
    Enidelynon June 07, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about oppression in America. Its supposedly a free country and yet Immigrants, gays and people of other religions are considered second class citizens and must abide by laws set by the majority. Her songs ALWAYS have more than one meaning.
    caspahhon October 09, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThe song is about the unjust laws that exist in America, particularly the immigration and gay rights laws. She parallels both by creating a senario in which she meets a girl from east L.A. (heavily hispanic population) and falls in love with her but can't marry due to the laws prohibiting gay marriage i.e. the lines "we fell in love but not in court."

    As to the "I don't speak your Americano/Languageono/Jesus Cristo" I think that's just her refusing to use the type of rhetoric that is used to justify the laws. Like how christianity is used to justify the anti-gay rights laws and how the notion of America and and the criticism that immigrants get for not knowing how to speak english are used to discriminate against them. Also, languageono is just a play on the word language. In the spanish parts she just talks about the struggle for immigrants/gays and how both gays/immigrants fight for their rights and love and how she's there supporting a fighting along with them.

    Also remember, Gaga said that she wrote this song as a response to the Arizona immigration laws, so that pretty much explains the "Don't you try and catch me" lines.

    My favorite lines are "In the mountain las campanas estan sonado, todo los chicos (chicas) y los chicos (chicas) se estan besando" I just think it creates beautiful imagery of a marriage between two people of the same sex. I REALLY HOPE THIS BECOMES A SINGLE! <333
    kevinvilleon October 23, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYou are all wrong. It's about social justice for Mexican-Americans. GaGa said it herself.
    jillmlnon November 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPossibly one of the songs she said she was inspired to write after all the gay marriage hubbub. All the parts are there - "I don't speak your Americano" being I don't agree with America, the popular vote, etc. Maybe? "I won't speak your Jesus Cristo" - bigots' interpretation of the Bible as against gays? Refusing to bow to either consensus - political or religious.
    "We can marry on the west coast" - this inspiration came after prop 8 was overturned here in California.
    "I have fought for how I love you" - Very powerful line, really, and evokes that struggle for equality.
    "Edge of the law" - Something to do with the legality now? Like, your love is made out to be illegal.

    As for the Spanish parts...I need help :P

    She said it's to be a mariachi house number...can't wait to hear whatever the hell THAT is xD

    This sounds like a revolution. Cannot WAIT for Born This Way, I pre-ordered the deluxe today.
    SitarHeroon May 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Mis canciones son de la revolución / Mi corazón late por mi generación" = "My songs are of the revolution / My heart beats for my generation."
    hundredskieson May 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMis canciones son de la revolución
    Mi corazón late por mi generación
    If you love me we can marry on the west coast
    On a Wednesday en el verano en agosto

    My songs are of the revolution
    My heart beats for my generation
    If you love me we can marry on the west coast
    On a Wednesday in the summer in august
    KayleKon May 15, 2011   Link

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