Lady Gaga Releases Country Version of ‘Born This Way’, Proceeds go to Charity
Lady Gaga shows off her twangy side with 'Born This Way (The Country Road Version),' which was released via Twitter at 3AM ET. Gaga tweeted the news yesterday and she did not disappoint. Who knew she had it in her to go country?
In addition to slowing the dance anthem down and infusing it with wailing harmonica and a moody guitar drawl -- that sounds as if it were picked up at the local watering hole in the middle of the bread basket -- Gaga also changes up the lyrics about three minutes in:
"If I wanna make it country / Baby it's okay / 'Cuz I was born, I was born / I was born this way / From London Paris Japan / Back to USA / I was born on the road / I was born to be brave"
Only Lady Gaga can take a certified dance anthem like 'Born This Way' and transform it into a countrified dance song. Her powers are indeed limitless. The song ends with a huge, rock 'n' roll moment, as if Gaga was reared on a steady diet of nothing but Bon Jovi during her formative years.
The country version of 'Born This Way' was such a runaway success that Gaga, her record label Interscope and her publisher will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of the track to benefit the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
The original 'Born This Way' continues its domination, as it is No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 for the sixth week in a row. Gaga's also making her directorial debut, working with her creative director, Laurieann Gibson, on the video for the album's second single, 'Judas.'
Listen to Lady Gaga, 'Born This Way (The Country Road Version)'