LISTEN: Lady Gaga’s Second Single “Judas” Premieres


Wax and polish your ears for your virgin listen to the second track off Born This Way, “Judas.”


I’m in love with Judas
I’m in love with Judas
Judas! Judaas Judas! Judaas

When he comes to me, I am ready
I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs
Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain
Even after three times, he betrays me

I’ll bring him down, bring him down, down
A king with no crown, king with no crown

I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby
I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby

I couldn’t love a man so purely
Even darkness forgave his crooked way
I’ve learned our love is like a brick
Build a house or sink a dead body

In the most Biblical sense,
I am beyond repentance
Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind
But in the cultural sense
I just speak in future tense
Judas kiss me if offenced,
Or wear an ear condom next time

I wanna love you,
But something’s pulling me away from you
Jesus is my virtue,
Judas is the demon I cling to
I cling to

As for the music video
, Gaga’s creative director Laurieann Gibson stated several weeks ago that the clip will be the usual Gaga shockfest.

“We don’t touch on things that we have no right touching upon, but the inspiration and the soul and idea that out of your oppression, your darkness, your Judas, you can come into the marvelous light,” Gibson says. “So it’s about the inspiration and to never give up … We’ve created a new Jerusalem.”

“I will tell you now, first off, I’m Christian, and my career is evidence of God in my life, and I think that most people are already thinking that Gaga and the blasphemy and they’re premeditating the approach and I think they’ll be very shocked to find out how huge and really groundbreaking the message is and how freeing the message is for all the right reasons, and it’s really going to shock the world.”

Meanwhile, on the latest episode of Gagavision (No. 43), she has a team meeting with the Haus of Gaga, discusses the “Judas” single cover above, gives an old friend some hilarious birthday presents and goofs around backstage between Monster Balls. Be sure to watch the previous episode of Gagavision in which she confronts a Christian fundamentalist picketer

Finally, you know those extra cheek bones she’s been sporting lately? She gives a totally insane interview to Harper’s Bazaar in which she lets us know those prosthetics she has molded to her face aren’t “prosthetic” at all:

“Well, first of all, they’re not prosthetics. They’re my bones. They’ve always been inside of me, but I have been waiting for the right time to reveal to the universe who I truly am. They come out when I’m inspired. We all have these bones! They’re the light from inside of us.”

My fave quote from the interview comes when she discusses living in Los Angeles for a hot second a few years ago:

“I put my toe in that water, and it was a Kegel-exercise vaginal reaction where I clenched and had to retract immediately. I ran furiously back to New York, to my old apartment, and I hung out with my friends, and I went to the same bars.”


Go behind the scenes of a Lucky Dog Leather photoshoot featuring Abisha Uhl and Jamie Holm of the queer band, Sick of Sarah, to be featured in an upcoming issue of Curve Magazine. Hot girls with guitars, people! You remember Lucky Dog Leather, right? Rockstar style for homos and rebels? Get into it.


Meet Joanna Katcher and Maia Macdonald, the Brooklyn-based queer electro pop indie duo known as Mitten who just released their debut 6 track EP, See You Bye. These girls are busy playing all over New York City, so if you’re looking for an 80s synth throwback vibe, definitely check their site for live show dates.



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  1. First song I’ve heard in a long long time where they sing “baby” instead of “baybay”. Which is cool. And so is this song. It’s cool. Yes. So. And.

  2. Damn it, of course it had to premier while I’m at work and can’t listen to it since my work computer doesn’t have a sound card

      • i’mma out myself as a theological nerd, here…

        hmm… actually not mary.. that’s a misconception dating back to the catholic church in the 3rd or 4th century equating that woman with mary mag. with a lack of evidence in ANY text.
        it’s a reference to a random woman who’s a ‘sinner’ (doesn’t even say prostitute) in luke 7:36-50.

        all that having been said, judas the song is kinda eh in my book. gaga as jesus seems a little like a stretch/recipe for disaster…

  3. Silly Gaga, it was Peter who betrayed three times. Judas was a one-trick pony.

    Can’t wait to read the Right’s response to this song. Should be entertaining.

    • You’re right. I mean, I’m so not a moralist, but if you wanna be profane at least get it right. I don’t know, it’s like confusing Lucifer and Michael because they were both angels. Peter is the founder of the church, Judas.. not so much.

      • Indeed. I mean, considering she’s Catholic, that should’ve been beaten into her head often growing up. No excuses, Catholic School Monster!!

  4. I didn’t ever want to have to say this, but I think Lady Gaga has officially lost me. Like for good. I just can’t deal.

    • Yeah.. I don;t like Born This Way and this is shit. Shit. WTF? I think I’ll check back in a 1 or so on the next album

  5. This song confuses me. I can only imagine the slews of religious people crapping their pants over this because they really aren’t going to get it.

    Gaga’s getting weird. Even for Gaga.

  6. I, honestly, don’t know how I feel about this song. Like Nina said it’s Bad Romancesque and on top of that the lyrics are weird and…I just don’t know. I miss the old Gaga when she was just out of this world crazy and not of out of the SOLAR SYSTEM crazy! I want regular, crazy Gaga back!!

    Maybe we should start a “BRING BACK THE REAL GAGA” club!

    P.S. I’m always inspired so my bones are always prominent! :)

  7. So I clicked on the HB interview and I couldn’t even read it. I was too busy throwing up in my mouth because the photo was taken by Terry Richardson. Really Gaga? You’re still working with this creep?

  8. ‘But in the cultural sense
    I just speak in future tense
    Judas kiss me if offenced,
    Or wear an ear condom next time’

    Offenced? Ear condom?

    I’m sorry, no. And yup, it was Peter that betrayed 3 times.
    If you’re gonna be sacrilegious, get it right, girl. Or at least make sense, you know? Sheesh.
    As for the ‘really powerful, impactful video’? I can’t wait. #completelyandutteryboredwiththishitnow

    • Hey, why is ‘sacrilegious’ not spelt ‘sacreligious’? This confuses me more than the song does.

      • Because the root of “sacrilege” isn’t “religion.” Sacr- is from sacer, i.e. “sacred,” lege from legere, to steal.

        And that concludes yr etymology lesson of the day.

  9. Hmm, a bit underwhelmed..
    Yes, the chorus is SO bad romance, and BR holds a very special place in my heart, so.
    Having said that, I can imagine I’ll end up loving it after I’ve heard it some more.

  10. I like the bridge (or whatever you wanna call the “king with no crown” part) where she sounds a little like Karen O does sometimes. And I think the structure is a little interesting. But something about this feels . . . small-sounding, in a way. I miss her voice unexpectedly taking off somewhere in the melody like it does in places in “Bad Romance” and “Paparazzi.”

  11. My sister and I met some the ladies from Sick of Sarah after their show, which was really cheap and beyond worth it. And Abisha said we were pretty! WIN!!

  12. Gaga’s creative director is Laurieann Gibson? As in “boom boom kack” Laurieann Gibson? She is endlessly entertaining. I approve of that team.

  13. So apparently the single’s actual release date was four days from today, but it was leaked, and something about Judas betrayed Jesus four days before Easter so maybe it wasn’t leaked at all but meant to seem like it to represent that betrayal.

    Idk guys, I’m an atheist.

  14. Ehhh, sounds like the hook from I Was Made For Loving You by Kiss. Not that borrowing or sounding like other songs is bad, but Lady Gaga’s latest hits aren’t living up to her name :\ I wanna hear something fresh Gagz!

  15. Okay…so I finally listened to “Judas”.

    I feel like Lady Gaga’s recipe for success = stutter any lyrics, insert “Gaga” anywhere within the song & sing “woaaaah”. And you know what? I’m okay with this.

    Also, I don’t really care if her lyrics aren’t 100% correct w/r/t bible stories – as long as there’s a Judas dance.

  16. i’ve mulled over this song (and by “mulled” i mean attempt to sing it whilst showering) and so i guess this means i like it. idk, when it got stuck in my head i wasn’t mad.

  17. Gaga confuses me…
    But I love Sick Of Sarah… I accidentally found them whilst googling bands that “sound like” other bands… and their self-titled album has verrrrrry high play counts on my ipod….

  18. Has anyone heard “Future Love” by Gaga? If not, youtube it-I hope it’s on “Born This Way”. I love that song!

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