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Bad Romance
Song

Bad Romance

Lady Gaga
Album:
The Fame Monster

Song Meaning and Background to Bad Romance by Lady Gaga


Soon as Lady Gaga had established herself as a star performer, she was inspired by the electronic music she had been listening too relentlessly with while touring Europe.


“I want the deepest, darkest, sickest parts of you that you are afraid to share with anyone because I love you that much” is how she summed up the idea behind the song.


Fittingly, she debuted the hit-to-be at Alexander McQueen’s show at Paris Fashion Wee following an illegal demo leak and a few weeks before its official release.


"Bad Romance" is a song by American singer Lady Gaga from her third E.P, The Fame Monster released in 2009. Gaga wrote and produced the song with RedOne.


Musically, it is an electropop and dance-pop song with a spoken bridge.


Inspired by German house and techno, the song was developed as an experimental pop record.

Lyrically, Gaga drew from the paranoia she experienced while on tour and wrote about her attraction to unhealthy romantic relationships.


"Bad Romance" was acclaimed by music critics for its chorus, beat and hook. Retrospective reviewers called it Gaga's best song. It topped the charts in more than 20 countries and sold 12 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. In the US, the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified eleven times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.


"Bad Romance" won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and was included in annual "best-of" lists of the media outlets Rolling Stone and Pitchfork; the former named it one of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 21st Century and 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


In a 2017 journal, which studied structural patterns in melodies of earworm songs, the American Psychological Association called "Bad Romance" the catchiest in the world.


The music video for "Bad Romance", directed by Francis Lawrence, features Gaga inside a surreal white bathhouse where she is kidnapped and drugged by supermodels who sell her to the Russian mafia for sexual slavery.


The video ends as Gaga immolates the man who bought her. It garnered acclaim from critics for its fashion, choreography, costumes and symbolism.


Briefly becoming the most-viewed YouTube video in 2010, it received a record ten nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards, winning seven, including Video of the Year.


It received the Grammy Award for Best Music Video and was named the best music video of the 21st century by Billboard. Gaga has performed "Bad Romance" at television shows, award ceremonies, her concert tours and residency shows, and the Super Bowl halftime show.


Lady Gaga and RedOne wrote, produced and arranged "Bad Romance"; they were also responsible for background vocals.


"Bad Romance" was one of the songs Gaga wrote in 2009 while touring. These songs were about the various abstract "monsters"—metaphors for her paranoias—she faced during the tour.

Gaga explained that she generally felt lonely in her relationships and was attracted to unhealthy romances, which became the song's themes.


Gaga wrote the lyrics in Norway on her tour bus. She elaborated on the writing process in an interview with Grazia:


I was in Russia, then Germany, and spent a lot of time in Eastern Europe. There is this amazing German house-techno music, so I wanted to make a pop experimental record. I kind of wanted to leave the '80s a little bit, so the chorus is a '90s melody, which is what the inspiration was. There was certainly some whisky involved in the writing of the record. It's about being in love with your best friend.

In the lyrics, Gaga name-checks three films by director Alfred Hitchcock.


In the verse, "I want your psycho, your vertigo shtick, Want you in my Rear Window, Baby, you're sick", Gaga is listing Alfred Hitchcock films. She said, "What I'm really trying to say is I want the deepest, darkest, sickest parts of you that you are afraid to share with anyone because I love you that much."


Lyrics of Bad Romance by Lady Gaga

 

Oh-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-oh

Caught in a bad romance

Ra-ra-ah-ah-ah

Roma Roma-ma

Gaga, "Ooh la-la"

Want your bad romance

Ra-ra-ah-ah-ah

Roma, Roma-ma

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, oh, ey

I want your drama, the touch of your hand (Hey!)

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-oh)

I want your love, and all your lover's revenge

You and me could write a bad romance

Oh-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-oh

Caught in a bad romance

 

Ra-ra-ah-ah-ah

Roma-roma-ma

Gaga, "Ooh la-la"

Want your bad romance

 

I want your horror, I want your design

'Cause you're a criminal as long as you're mine

I want your love

Love, love, love, I want your love, uh

I want your psycho, your vertigo schtick (Schtick, hey!)

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 ('Cause I'm a free bitch, baby)

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-oh)

I want your love, and all your lover's revenge

You and me could write a bad romance

Oh-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-oh

Caught in a bad romance

 

Ra-ra-ah-ah-ah

Roma-roma-ma

Gaga, "Ooh la-la"

Want your bad romance

Ra-ra-ah-ah-ah

Roma-roma-ma

Gaga, "Ooh 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

Je veux ton amour et je veux ta revanche

Je veux ton amour, I don't wanna be friends

(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh)

(I want you back) No, I don't wanna be friends

(Caught in a bad romance) 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-oh)

I want your love, and all your lover's revenge

You and me could write a bad romance

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh

(Want your bad romance)

Caught in a bad romance (Want your bad romance)

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh

(Want your bad romance)

Caught in a bad romance

 

Ra-ra-ah-ah-ah

Roma, Roma-ma

Gaga, "Ooh la-la"

Want your bad romance




Release Date

2009

Songwriter/s

Stefani Germanotta, Nadir Khayat

Producer/s

RedOne, Lady Gaga

Label/s

StreamLine, Interscope, KonLine, CherryTree

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