Disabilities and Lady Gaga’s anti-bully lyrics.

 

Lately, news reporters have been writing about Lady Gaga’s foundation to combat bullying. Because so much of the foundation is linked to the recording artist’s words in “Born This Way,” it’s important to look at the lyrics.

Disabilities mentioned.

What’s exciting to me, besides the anti bully message, is Lady Gaga’s use of the word “disabilities “about two-thirds into her song: 

“Whether life’s disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
’cause baby you were born this way.”
 
It’s truly time to rejoice when words like “disabilities” are sung, especially in pop music which reaches so many people. The anti-bullying and anti-teasing message is frosting on the cake.
Singer Lady Gagy with long silver dreadlocks

Lady Gaga Mockford/FilmMagic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-bully lyrics.

Here are the lyrics to the entire 2011 song, thanks to this website. These “Born This Way” lyrics are copyrighted by azlyrics.com and are reproduced here only for educational value.

[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. 

Check out Wiki’s info about Lady Gags’a Born This Way Foundation 

 “In 2012, [Lady Gaga] launched the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), a non-profit organization that focuses on youth empowerment and issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring, and career development. It takes its name from the 2011 single and album. The foundation plans to work with a number of partners, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.[221] Media proprietor Oprah Winfrey, writer Deepak Chopra, and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius spoke at the inauguration at Harvard University.[222][223] The foundation’s original funding included $1.2 million from Gaga, $500,000 from the MacArthur Foundation, and $850,000 from Barneys New York.[224] . . . In July 2012, the BTWF partnered with Office Depot, which will donate 25% of the sales-a minimum of $1million-of a series of limited edition back-to-school products that promote the foundation’s message[228] The foundation’s initiatives have included, in March–April 2012, a poster competition that asked participants to submit images that answer the question “What does bravery mean to you?”;[229] the “Born Brave Bus” that would follow her on tour as a youth drop-in center as an initiative against bullying,[230][231] and the “Born Brave” community and school groups.[232]
 
I’ll deal with the controversy surrounding the BTWF in my next blog. Gaga’s mother, besides being mentioned in the first verse of Born This Way,  is a key player in the creation of the foundation. More about her soon.