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Lady Gaga, ‘G.U.Y’ – Song Meaning

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Lady Gaga‘s cleverly titled ‘G.U.Y.’ plays with words, meanings and double entendre in the lyrics. With ‘G.U.Y.’ being an acronym for ‘Girl Under You,’ she is also experimenting with the idea of gender-defined behaviors, role reversals and sexual politics in a relationship. So much subtext in one insanely catchy pop song!

This is what we’ve discerned as the deeper meaning of Gaga’s ‘G.U.Y.’

“I wanna be the girl under you / I wanna be your G.U.Y. / I wanna be the grave and earth / Our sex doesn’t tell us no lies.”

Here, Gaga’s narrator seems OK with giving up control and submitting. It’s her assessment of sexual politics, but it’s also her way of letting go and giving in, and not being the one calling the shots. There can often be relief in such a scenario, especially for someone used to making all the decisions.

Also, Gaga is the patron saint of the LGBT community in 2014, so playing with the notion of the girl under you being a guy has multiple meanings, and her gay monsters can apply that concept to their read and interpretation of the song. It’s her way of saying whatever it means for you to be a ‘G.U.Y.,’ by virtue of chromosomes or your dating preferences, it’s totally OK.

“I’m gonna wear the tie, want the power to leave you / I’m aiming for full control of this love (of this love) / Touch me, touch me, don’t be sweet / Love me, love me, please retweet / Let me be the girl under you that makes you cry.”

The instinct is to chuckle at her millennial phrase about “retweeting,” but what’s more interesting and intriguing is the idea of a further gender role reversal. She says she wants to wear the tie, which could mean she wants to be the “man`” or at least adopt the responsibility of the male power structure in the relationship, so they are swapping the dominant and submissive positions. And the tie could also be a literal device used to bind someone and take control of them. But this doesn’t have to be in the bedroom, either. It could be regarding their communication about anything in life.

“I don’t need to be on top / To know I’m worth it / ‘Cause I’m strong enough to know the truth / I just want it to be hot / Because I’m best when I’m in love / And I’m in love with you.”

Here, Gaga’s narrator says she has been in both positions — top and bottom, boss and subordinate — and she is fine with either. She doesn’t need to take the reigns or be in charge. She’s in love and any position suits her as long as she is with the one she loves.

That’s the PopCrush analysis of Lady Gaga’s ‘G.U.Y.’ What do you take away from this song?

Listen to Lady Gaga, ‘G.U.Y.’

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