"Bad Kids" as written by Paul Edward Blair, Stefani J. Germanotta and Jeppe Breum Laursen....
We don't care what people say
We know the truth
Enough is enough with this horse shit
I am not a freak
I was born with my freedom
Don't tell me I'm less than my freedom

I'm a bitch, I'm a loser baby, maybe I should quit
I'm a jerk, wish I had the money but I can't find work
I'm a brat, I'm a selfish punk, I really should be smacked
My parents tried till they got divorced
'Cause I ruined their lives

I'm a bad kid
And I'll survive
Oh I'm a bad kid
Don't know wrong from right
I'm a bad kid and this is my life
One of the bad kids
Don't know wrong from right
(This is my life)

Don't be insecure
If your heart is pure
You're still good to me if you're a bad kid, baby
Don't be insecure
If your heart is pure
You're still good to me if you're a bad kid, baby
A bad kid baby
A bad kid baby
Don't be insecure

I'm a twit, degenerate, young rebel and I'm proud of it
Pump your fist
If you would rather mess up than put up with this
I'm a nerd, I chew gum and smoke in your face I'm absurd
I'm so bad and I don't give a damn, l love it when you're mad
When you're mad
When you're mad

I'm a bad kid
And I will survive
Oh I'm a bad kid
Don't know wrong from right
I'm a bad kid and this is my life
One of the bad kids
Don't know wrong from right
(This is my life)

Don't be insecure
If your heart is pure
You're still good to me if you're a bad kid, baby
Don't be insecure
If your heart is pure
You're still good to me if you're a bad kid baby
A bad kid baby
A bad kid baby
Don't be insecure

I'm not that typical baby
I'm a bad kid like my Mom and Dad made me
I'm not that cool and you hate me
I'm a bad kid that's the way that they made me

I'm a bad kid I'm disastrous
Give me your money or I'll hold my breath
I'm a bad kid and I will survive
One of the bad kids
Don't know wrong from right

Don't be insecure
If your heart is pure
You're still good to me if you're a bad kid, baby
Don't be insecure
If your heart is pure
You're still good to me if you're a bad kid, baby

A bad kid, baby

A bad kid, baby

A bad kid, baby

A bad kid, baby

A bad kid, baby


Lyrics submitted by hundredskies

"Bad Kids" as written by Jeppe Laursen Stefani Germanotta

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +1
    Song ComparisonAs for all of Born This Way, I love that there's some cuteness harkening back to The Fame like this and Fashion of His Love, and some darkness like The Fame Monster...but then the message is different, even the sound is so advanced. Basically, BTW fucking rocks.

    Anyway. Gaga was made for a rebel anthem.
    SitarHeroon May 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm not trying to offend anybody here---I am bisexual myself--- but I've been listening to this for a week now and I keep hearing "You’re still good to me if you’re a faggot baby"
    DeNi3Lon May 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI almost feel like this song was written in the perspective and from her LMs and the verses could very well be things she's heard them say to her, as children and young people of today's suppression. And then the chorus is her response. It almost even sounds like it could be a duet between lovers. Its amazing.
    AGladGayLOVESLadyGAGAon June 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAh! This is very strange, but on my copy of the album, the booklet has an extra verse that talks about a meat dress....but its not in the song??? Does anyone know anything about this?
    charliegreyhoundon June 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song describes the hardships of young people who are labeled as "bad kids" and don't seem to fit anywhere in society, thus, Lady Gaga uses words like "twit", "rebel", "nerd" and others to relate to those who are "outcasts".
    BlueWaterFox93on August 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningShe's said that for this album, she was inspired by Little Monsters at The Monster Ball.

    I think this is song is pretty cheeky and sarcastic. Like what people think about Little Monsters based on the superficial - because of the way we dress and express ourselves - that we're bad kids. When in reality, we are good and really don't do anything wrong just by choosing freedom. (i.e. "I'll hold my breath" being the only threat.)

    And obviously Gaga sees how beautiful we are on the inside, and the beauty in our freedom of expression.

    I think it's lovely that she wrote this for us.
    SMUSER17375456on May 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionWe don't care what people say
    We know the truth
    Enough is enough of this horseshit
    I am not a freak, I was born with my freedom.
    Don't tell me I'm less than my freedom.

    I’m a bitch, I’m a loser baby maybe I should quit
    I’m a jerk, wish I had the money but I can’t find work
    I’m a brat, I’m a selfish punk, I really should be smacked
    My parents tried until they got divorced ‘cuz I ruined their lives

    I’m a bad kid and I will survive
    Oh I’m a bad kid, don’t know wrong from right
    I’m a bad kid and this is my life
    One of the bad kids, don’t know wrong from right
    (This is my life)

    Don’t be insecure if your heart is pure
    You’re still good to me if you’re a bad kid baby
    Don’t be insecure if your heart is pure
    You’re still good to me if you’re a bad kid baby
    A bad kid baby
    (Don’t be insecure)

    I’m a twit, degenerate young rebel and I’m proud of it
    Pump your fist if you would rather mess up than put up with this
    I’m a nerd, I chew gum and smoke in your face, I’m absurd
    I’m so bad and I don’t give a damn, I love it when you’re mad
    When you’re mad, when you’re mad.

    I’m a bad kid and I will survive
    Oh I’m a bad kid, don’t know wrong from right
    I’m a bad kid and this is my life
    One of the bad kids, don’t know wrong from right
    (This is my life)

    Don’t be insecure if your heart is pure
    You’re still good to me if you’re a bad kid baby
    Don’t be insecure if your heart is pure
    You’re still good to me if you’re a bad kid baby
    A bad kid baby
    (Don't be insecure)

    I’m not that typical baby
    I’m a bad kid like my mom and dad made me
    I’m not that cool and you hate me
    I’m a bad kid, that’s the way that they made me

    I’m a bad kid I’m disastrous
    Give me your money or I’ll hold my breath
    I’m a bad kid and I will survive
    One of the bad kids, don’t know wrong from right

    Don’t be insecure if your heart is pure
    You’re still good to me if you’re a bad kid baby
    Don’t be insecure if your heart is pure
    You’re still good to me if you’re a bad kid baby
    A bad kid baby

    A bad kid baby
    A bad kid baby
    A bad kid baby
    mhamel32on May 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song forever, BTW has some seriously catchy songs
    subterraneanzeroon May 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how this song is so tongue-in-cheek but it still means what it's saying. Like GaGa and her Little Monsters, it's got a message to put out and wants to have fun, but it doesn't take itself too seriously.

    So catchy.

    I think it's GaGa's way of saying to her fans that no matter how "bad" or different you are, what people may judge or perceive you as, you shouldn't beat yourself up as long as inside you're a good person.

    A beautiful message from mother monster.
    BabyIWasBornThisWayon May 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love this entire album, she's amazing.

    But does anyone else hate the line "My parents tried until they got divorced ‘cause I ruined their lives?"

    Lady GaGa <3 (:
    Cathion May 31, 2011   Link

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