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Bloody Mary (Lady Gaga song)

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"Bloody Mary" is a song by American recording artist Wikipedia:Lady Gaga from her second studio album, Wikipedia:Born This Way (2011). The song was written by DJ White Shadow, Lady Gaga, Wikipedia:Fernando Garibay and William Grigahcine, and produced by Lady Gaga and DJ White Shadow. It was recorded in a studio in Sydney, Australia. An instrumental clip was used during Transmission Gagavision 42.[1] It reached number 1 in Lebanon, making it the only song from Born This Way not released as a single or promotional single to top a chart.

Background and compositionEdit

"Bloody Mary" is a slow-tempo song with elements of Wikipedia:electro-industrial that contains "plucked strings" and "filthy beats", and a trance-influenced melody, explained Billboard Magazine.[2]

In an interview with Wikipedia:Popjustice, after being asked why is she so fascinated with Wikipedia:Mary Magdalene and why she inspired her to write the song, Gaga stated:

"Because when I was young and I went to Catholic school – an all girls school – we were told to pray to God and pray to Jesus, but I always prayed to women. I guess I always worshipped a more feminine force in my life and I didn’t view God as having a particular gender. I always either prayed to Mother Mary or Mary Magdelene, or to my father’s sister Joanne who had died when he was a kid because I viewed her as an angel in the sky in the house of the Kingdom working alongside God. You know, watching over me. It must be so big up there. A lot of people. So I always prayed to women and that’s the thing that I look to now to make me strong in this very unique situation that is being a pop singer. I always pray to Mary and to Joanne. It’s very sad that in those "Biblical" times women were stoned for adultery or for doing inappropriate things. Women were always the target, so I guess I looked to my past and my faith to find bravery in myself. So on this record I thought a lot about my faith and tried to channel a lot of that into myself, and so make myself brave."

Then she said:

"So the lyrics are Mary sort of talking... If you listen to the lyrics and the way the cadence goes, the way I’m actually singing, I start quite sweetly then I go into these quite demonic tones, then I come back to sweetness, and then the chorus is me ultimately, publicly singing, ‘I won’t cry for you, I won’t crucify the things you do, I won’t cry for you when you’re gone I’ll still be Bloody Mary’. I’ll still bleed, is what I’m trying to say. I guess I’m fascinated by her – like I said, I worshipped women in my religion as a young girl – and in my belief Mary was in it all along. I think she knew what was going to happen. But I also believe that she loved him, and I believe there was a moment when she cried. So she says ‘I won’t cry for you’ but in the rest of the song, in the way that it feels, it’s sad and quite… Dirgic? Is that the right word? Like a death dirge… There’s that kind of quality to it. It’s about me having to be a superstar."

During the interview, Gaga also stated how the song was written: "We were in New York. White Shadow had this crazy beat then we threw it in the computer and Fernando started making Gregorian pop chants and then I wrote it pretty quickly." After that, Gaga joked and said that all songs on the album were written in fifteen minutes.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

"Bloody Mary" received mainly positive reviews from critics with some citing it as a highlight from Born This Way. Wikipedia:NME Magazine explained that "Bloody Mary" is a "serene flipside to "Judas", second single off the album, this time using Ms Magdalene to do much the same job, as dainty plucked strings careen around filthy beats to create something weirdly graceful.[4]

Live performancesEdit

[[Wikipedia:File:Lady Gaga Bloody Mary.jpg|thumbnail|default|Lady Gaga performing "Bloody Mary" on Wikipedia:The Born This Way Ball Tour]] Lady Gaga performed "Bloody Mary" during her third concert tour, Wikipedia:The Born This Way Ball. After a brief instrumental interlude, Gaga appeared in a white dress and helmet and 'skated' around the Monster Pit. During dates without the Monster Pit, Gaga performed the song on the main stage.[5]

Track listingEdit

Digital download

  • "Bloody Mary" – 4:05

Born This Way: The Remix

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from Born This Way album liner notes.[7]


Chart (2012) Peak
Lebanon Top 20[8][9] 1

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External linksEdit

Wikipedia:Category:2011 songs Wikipedia:Category:Lady Gaga songs Wikipedia:Category:Songs written by Fernando Garibay Wikipedia:Category:Song recordings produced by Fernando Garibay Wikipedia:Category:Song recordings produced by Lady Gaga Wikipedia:Category:Songs written by Lady Gaga Wikipedia:Category:Multilingual songs

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