Lady Gaga: Judas Meaning
Song Released: 2011
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, I'm in love with Juda-as, Juda-as
Judas, Juda-a-a, Judas, Juda-a-a
Judas, Juda-a-a, Judas, Gaga
Judas, Juda-a-a, Judas, Juda-a-a
Judas, Juda-a-a, Judas, Gaga
anonymous Apr 18th, 2011 4:02am report
I think these lyrics can be taken a few ways depending on your stance.
"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"
This could be taken as she elevates Judas to Jesus level, as it was originally Jesus that had his feet washed by a woman, with her hair. Or it could be taken as Lady Gaga is talking about herself as if she is Jesus, as Jesus also washed others feet, he forgives people even when they sin, and Jesus was betrayed three times by his disciples.
You could consider this extremely blasphemous and inflammatory or as a metaphor for a relationship. She is the good one who gives "Judas" everything, despite how he treats her and she always ends up forgiving him.
"I'll bring him down, bring him down, down
A king with no crown, king with no crown"
This could refer to how her lover acts towards her, he acts controlling, regal etc, like a king. But he has no right to as he has "no crown". Or if you want to look at it in a darker way she could be talking about Jesus himself. Even though is is "King of Kings", he doesn't have a crown or anything in the way we would expect Kings to have as he is a King in a completely different way to earthly kings.
"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"
This could be referring to a relationship of hers, despite her partners cruelty she is still in love with him. Even though she knows that she's stupid for feeling this way about him. Or it could be in a more religious sense. Even though Judas is supposed to be a person that was abhorred, she can't help but be a fool in the eyes of religion ("Holy fool") and chose to love Judas instead. This is despite her realising that, that isn't the way it should be. "I'm STILL in love with Judas, baby"...still in love with him despite knowing otherwise.
Like I said you could take that verse literally or as a metaphor for her relationship.
"I couldn't love a man so purely
Even darkness forgave his crooked way
I've learned love is like a brick, you can
Build a house or sink a dead body
I'll bring him down, bring him down, down
A king with no crown, king with no crown"
This verse is ironic as "pure" is something often associated with Jesus and someones relationship with him. But here she talks about how she loves Judas so "purely". She could be describing how perfect her love is for her person.
She then says how even the "bad side" forgave Judas's ways.
She is saying that love can go two ways. It can either be a good thing "build a house" or it can be a bad thing "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 offensed,
Or wear ear condom next time"
I was a bit unsure about this verse but I think I've got it. She is saying in the biblical sense she can't be helped. She is a "hooker" for fame. She sells herself in return for fame, she prostitutes herself in this way and says whatever is on her mind, sometimes in a violent way that she hasn't properly thought through. In a biblical sense she is not a "good" person. But in a cultural sense she is just modern day and with the times. Not old like the Bible. Either that or she is speaking of what will come in the future. She doesn't fit in with the Bible because of what she says and the way she is, but this is the future. She then is saying to either kiss her if offensed or to protect yourself from her words next time. She could be saying this to people in general or to her lover.
"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"
Jesus is her example of moral excellence that's tries to pull her away from Judas and stop her loving him, but she can't help but cling to Judas and love Judas. This again could be her referring to her relationship or if you want to take more from it, it could be that she knows Jesus is good but she can't help turning to what is bad.
anonymous Apr 17th, 2011 4:21pm report
Last night at her concert, Gaga said this song was about forgiving those who betray you, and more importantly, forgiving yourself for betraying yourself
anonymous Apr 16th, 2011 4:13pm report
Hey commenter at 9:25, I have read my bible. And it was not Judas who denied Jesus three times, it was Simon/Peter. It was the same night that Judas betrayed Jesus that this occurred. If you are going to attack people please be correct. It gives a bad name to all Christians when you are so hypocritical.
anonymous Aug 3rd, 8:30am report
I think you have a given a very kind interpretation of Gaga's song. I think the song is about an internal turmoil/struggle going on in her head. The Apostles represent different signposts in life or examples before her. Jesus refers to her guardian angel and Judas her base self. The scenes are chaotic and unorthodox depicting a troubled mind/soul that has come to see life as darkness. She ashes both the feet of Jesus and Judas in a tub. For a while, she serves both what is considered virtuous and what she considers attractive but only because she is constrained to do so at a point in her life (the tub). The dancers in the video are distractions, much like how some do get distracted from the things that matter. To sum it up, she clings not to Jesus (guardian angel) who seeks that she abandon her base self, but rather she clings to the earth, the world and all that Judas represented. Paradoxically she is stoned in "white", not because she turned to good but rather she expresses her self-justification by whatever choice she makes, and willingness to suffer matyrdom. She dies and returns to the earth (hell) to which she descends into.
anonymous Jun 12th, 2014 6:07pm report
Shout out for the commenter on May 30th 2012 5:33pm and the commenter on the same day but 5:30
anonymous Sep 18th, 2013 9:41pm report
The theme of the video is a portrayal of modern-day Jerusalem. Lady Gaga plays Mary Magdalene, leading into the town where Jesus is. Beginning with the motorcycle scene, she is happy riding with the Jesus- the man with the crucifix crown (representing good/heaven.)Then Judas( the man with black sunglasses) comes along and seduces her into the dark/satanic side.
As the dancing scene begins, she at first pushes Judas down but he keeps coming towards her. Jesus saves her (the crowd scene) and she follows him. Though from here, she tries to fight temptation and begins sinning by falling for Judas. As she points the lipstick gun towards him ( the irony being that guns are usually dangerous weapons & meant to destroy, but instead only portudes an harmless lipstick), she cannot bring herself to harm him/destroy her love for Judas. As a result, she sinks down in agony from distraught after smearing lipstick on his face.
The scenes then switch between her standing by the ocean waves & sitting in the tub middle of Jesus [good] & Judas[evil]. She is choosing which side she will serve. Her decision is made as she choose to cling to the leg of Jesus later on-Jesus is my virtue, but Judas is the demon I cling to. She gives herself to the good, and Jesus forgives her. But because she had sinned by giving in to Judas earlier on, she is punished as she stands in her white dress and falls to the ground being stoned to death. This suggests that just because one shows repent or remorse, doesn't mean their wrong actions won't result in consequences.
anonymous Jun 2nd, 2013 6:44am report
Like what if she is talking about another Judas,,,what if it's not the one we think it is,,,,what if lady Gaga is not evil,,,what if its all just for a Good Reason,,,Guyz u don't know the truth yet,,,so please, for your sake,,,listen to the song or don't,,,no one is forcing u *roles eys*
anonymous Nov 23rd, 2012 11:43am report
i'm a muslim and i really admire her and also her songs.i'm a little monster from bottom of my heart.who disagrees that she's not an real artist?
anonymous Nov 14th, 2012 11:29am report
"smashing"...try the other good eye, you are looking through the blind spiritual one.
GAGA- name of a demon.
anonymous Nov 7th, 2012 11:50pm report
I heard about this antichrist thing from a freind and i wanted to check it out... i have never liked lady gaga, she is fake, vulgar and an exhibitionist. Her voice is mediocre and her songs When ive had the misfortune to hear them are uninspiring. However Her songs are just songs... we can listen to them or not no ones forcing us to. We all have free will and web cant expect others to have the same values as us, just try our personal best to be a good person. And to tell u the truth accusing her of being the antichrist is being over the top. I detest holier than thou people almost as much as i detest lady gaga.
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anonymous Oct 20th, 2012 10:32am report
Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think she means any negativity towards religion. I think she's just using the story from the bible as an example of how she loves someone so, but who continued to betray and abuse her. I'm sure she has something deeper then what I just said, but I believe that that's what she means. I also think that perhaps she may be talking about forgiveness and that crime and sins don't pay... and when she talks about holy fool, I think she's just trying to respect her example of using the story of the bible. And I don't think that has anything against religion cause she, herself, is christian. So stop thinking that anyone who is different is a Satan worshiper. It's really annoying....
anonymous Sep 21st, 2012 9:49am report
Jesus Christ is Lord...it is blasphemy she could compare her past relationships to anybody but why judas.why use so much of symbolsim from the Bible.satan was an angel he was the leader of worship in heaven before he tried to over rule God..that's why satan will use music like this to get to us..that is why her music is catchy because her words have deeper meaning...only the love of Christ can make you happy ..this woman is evil ..as Jesus said forgive them for they know not what they do...
anonymous Sep 9th, 2012 9:28pm report
what does been christian mean?
admit that jesus exist and mention what it says?
or follow his commands?
I believe that buddha exist...but i am not buddist!!
would you say that lady gaga is doing what jesus commands?
the bible talks about the end of all religion before god brings his day. it also talks about the attack to his TRUE people just before his action to save them and bring finally a world of peace.
anonymous Aug 31st, 2012 8:35pm report
Wow she's the devil herslef idk but that song
is really wried .....i
anonymous Aug 18th, 2012 8:27am report
Well, this has nothing really related to religion itself.
This song is about loving a Judas kind of guy; A person with lots of flaws and with a big strong dark side.
She says "Jesus is my virtue and Judas is demon I cling to" because Jesus is great, flawless guy, but she still loves the other one, whos's bad and evil like te Judas of the bible.
anonymous Jul 5th, 2012 7:17am report
OR ... It could be telling the true story of what really happened. That Jesus did not die on the cross. That someone was crucified that resembled Jesus and so it appeared to be Jesus when actually it was a proxy. That proxy was Judas. This knowledge revealed would destroy Christianity as it is practiced these days. The early Christians were warned not to worship Jesus and adhere to the commandments. There is one God, and God has or needs no partners. The image of Jesus on a cross is inhabited by a demon of high rank and all homage to this object counts for the evil one, Lucifer, who mocks every Christian, as does Lady GAga. She worships Lucifer, the deciever. Think about it.. why does Jesus say "They will worship me in vain teaching the doctrine of men.." Maybe because he had knowledge of this unimaginable plan to mislead countless people down a damned path. In another parable Jesus says that on the Day of Judgement many will approach him saying "Lord Lord! Did not we heal the sick and cast out demons .. and do many wonderful works in your name?" And what does Jesus in response? "Depart from me you workers of iniquity, I never knew you." Iniquity means lawlessness.. those who do not keep the law. Refer back to the 10 commandments and focus on 1, 2 and 3. Anyway, this is a song mocking the Christians. Do a little research and maybe God will guide you to the right path. Islam.
anonymous Jun 30th, 2012 6:49pm report
I wanna kill all of those people who interpret this song so LITERALLY. Didn't you guys listen to your literature professors?! Never interpret any literary piece on a surface level. YOU JUST HEARD THE WORD JUDAS AND THIS SONG IS NOW EVIL?! Lady Gaga also mentioned on her twitter last year that Judas is a drug. Based on that perspective, this song also tells about the struggles of a drug addict. How she loves Judas so much, "I'm just a holy fool... but I'm still in love with Judas baby." She tries to get away from the addiction, "I wanna love you, but something's pulling me away from you." Tell me, how come this song became so evil?! In fact this is inspirational. It tells us the consequences of becoming addict! Open your eyes people. You prefer believing the interpretations of listeners than the author/writer/composer. Idiots.
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