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Lady Gaga: Judas Meaning

Song Released: 2011

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Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, I'm in love with Juda-as, Juda-as
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, I'm in love with Juda-as, Juda-as

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Judas, Juda-a-a, Judas, Gaga
Judas, Juda-a-a, Judas, Juda-a-a
Judas, Juda-a-a, Judas, Gaga

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    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.


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    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


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    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.


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    Yesterday, 19:35 report

    Within this song, it looks like LADY GAGA wanted to have the cake and eat it too. It seems to me Lady Gaga was pandering to those people while at the same time forgiving them. Those Revolutionary ''Jews'' on the left that might have betrayed Her somehow. Who in reality actually lost their 'foundation' a long time ago that went against the reason of the Logos of God, But still wants it back in today's day that hold the power of money with Whom gave power to Lady Gaga, becoming this idolized goddess. So, Her song JUDAS is another way of saying thank you kindly to them by kissing and falling for Judas. Which is just another way of falling in love with sympathy for the Devil, by showing Her love for him, even though he denied her over three times. Which she forgave and is not necesarily a unchristian thing to forgive of what Judas did to her, though he should be cautiously loved with sympathy and pity. Especially if falling in love and liking the 'Jew' named Judas from the Bible that betrayed the son of God[Jesus] with a kiss. That Judas from the Bible who might have been a kind of Apostle of Jesus who believed the 'Jew' in the Jewish persona and his people were 'the only Human beings' worthy to act and become god to rule on this earth. And believed One shouldn't get involved to reveale their truth about god to the Gentile beasts of the fields, or the Goyim cattle as We were called, for knowing the natural law of the loving God within. Who was/is the Logos of JESUS CHRIST. As was/is Israel of old.


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    Jan 15th, 23:49 report

    I think Judas is simply about a boyfriend who is flawed and cheats on his date constantly, but he has captured the love of his date and gets forgiven. Gaga just compares him with Judas!!


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    Dec 18th, 12:04pm report

    Such a wonderful song Judas. This is so inspirational to our youth of how to handle rejection defeat and suicide prevention.
    I agree completely with Anon and Dmitrius.
    Lady Gaga is GOD on earth for all to learn from.
    Lady Gaga at this time of year as we celebrate Christmas we should really celebrate the Living God among us Lady Gaga.
    She teaches us and our youth so much truth, love social justice how to be free of any binding issues such as Judas must have suffered so much that he took his own life SO TERRIBLE caused by the criminal jesus.
    Lady Gaga GOD is a true leader of humanity.


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    Dec 11th, 12:39pm report

    Such a beautiful song. Lady Gaga is GOD!!
    Goddess Lady Gaga truly wants us to live a fulfilled life with out any of the burden of sin that we are ingrained to believe we may have committed.
    Goddess Lady Gaga truly sets us free of any baggage by first forgiving ourselves.
    A Goddess truly worthy of our worship and praise.


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    Dec 7th, 12:07pm report

    Lady Gaga is such an inspiration in this song about Judas the person who turned jesus over to the authorities.
    Lady Gaga personifies what and how God should act as a being of kindness and forgiveness.
    I would say Lady Gaga is A GOD teaching us her followers what is the proper way to act live and especially forgive.
    Lady Gaga as GOD shows us to forgive ourselves from all of the baggage that we carry as a sin. The Goddess Gaga in this song shows how easy it is to forgive and move on. Judas was condemned then and still today Goddess Gaga shows nothing is unforgivable. I think we should listen to HER she is the LIVING WORD a gift a GOD to us.


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    Nov 27th, 11:04pm report

    In agreement with Anon.
    Lady Gaga is teaching us a parable of her Holy Scripture.
    Lady Gaga is unlike god Jehovah who forgives no one. Lady Gaga teaches us to forgive ourselves.
    She shows that Judas had to kill himself because of an unforgiving god and his son.
    She shows us in her sacred song that Judas would have been forgiven no sin is unforgiveable through the intersession of God Lady Gaga.
    Todays Christians hold Judas as a betrayer of the son of god. All he really was doing what we would do today. SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING. Judas did not kill jesus he was tried convicted and executed by a court of law.
    Lady Gaga in her parable Judas shows how a real God such as her would handle this situation forgiveness of oneself.


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    Nov 26th, 11:37pm report

    I believe Lady Gaga is spot on with this song.
    She instructs us that we are own God we do not need a Jesus to act as a God would act.
    She shows us that we can even forgive Judas who the entire Christian world condemns.
    Lady Gaga tells us no matter who or what you are or what you may have done you can forgive yourself. You do not need anyone else to ask for forgiveness from.


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    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.


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    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


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    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.


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    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*


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    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?


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    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.


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    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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    Oct 24th, 2012 10:32am report

    This is about the general battle of "GOOD vs EVIL".

    And her messages (audio & visual) should be interpreted as a whole, including all her videos, and those in turn should not be fragmented from the world we live in.

    The best interpretation I've read here is by 'anonymous' on Apr 16th 2011, 11:16 on page 1, but I'd like to ad this:

    That Lady Gaga is ILLUMINATI/New World Order (NWO) is obvious to anyone that have studied them, and semiotics, and the illuminati do indeed belive in a god (of their own personal choise).

    The illuminati is an esoteric society but they communicate overtly in many ways through symbolism, and Gaga's videos are soaked with it, visually, and in Judas also lyrically.

    THIS SONG IS ABOUT OUR IMMINENT FUTURE: about the beginning of the death of clerical religions and their followers, and that the beautiful diversities of humanity are about to be replaced by a monolithic 'One God, One Currency, One Nation, One World Government'. The comming system of synthesis.

    That's what all those various crises escalating rapidly past few years (economical, political, managerial, environmental, religius & secular wars, etc) are designed for. To make You repel them.

    All those manipulated problems of "this vs. that" will make people repel them and thus choose the new sollution of the "middle path" that the illuminati have planned for us: according to the consept of 'Thesis x Antithesis = Synthesis'.

    Gaga and her kin have given in to their dark side, to use a Star Wars metaphore, so to not feel torn between good/bad, Christ/Judas, endeavour/Mammon. They've given up: decided that "pooping dipers for life FEELS better than having to struggle to grow": rather cave in to ones greed than help the needy. Problem is that the practice of others 'mirror' theirs and makes them feel guilty. Therefore they've created the New Age, a spirituality/religion to replace all others. The New Age is better understood as a new (computer) language, that will erase our current ways of thinking (processing) and reprogram us with a new OS - operative system. In the World of OSX "David" is thus barred from feeling tortured and rising aginst "Goliath"..

    Gaga's first verse - washing feet and forgiving - is about giving humanitys both polarities equal value, manifestations of our deeds mean nothing. Thus, the old holocaust or the comming one seen in Gaga's Alejandro video is neither good/bad.

    "Bring him down" = Christ/Allah (etc) to the same level as Gaga because the NWO/New Age belive we're all gods, thus we're all crownless. She's a "holy fool" because she obiously is spiritual, but to greedy to be - by doing - good.

    Gaga can't "love a man so purely" as Christ/Allah (etc) because of their constant 'mirroring' of her bad self. In choosing to "fogive" and that "love is like a brick" Gaga's New Age belief of equal value b/w good/bad manifests it self. Anything goes.

    In her "future tense", her longed for FULLY rotten world as opposed to todays ambivalent, she won't have to "vomit her mind" as there won't be in a "cultural sense" any mirroring by the deeds of others, and thus no discusting her self.

    So Gaga means that we should give in to our worst sides and "kiss [her] like Judas if offenced" while we guiltlessly intend to do harm to each other. And if you don't like the world Gaga/illuminati/NWO/New Age is building, then prepare to "wear an earcondom" while getting mindf*cked by her message every time you hear or think of it and what's comming = YOU being cleansed and erased from earth by the police and troops of our elitist controlled governments.

    Listen to the New Age movements leaders, they call themselves our new (religious) masters. Logically, if masters exist then slaves must exist. And New Age leader Bashar said this comming HOLOCAUST will probably start in December and continue until about 2033-2050.

    FEMA has purchased 450 million hollow point bullets - with 4 times the impact damage of a regular 9mm. Also another 150 million NATO rifle rounds have been purchased.

    BUT DON'T FRET, RATHER REJOICE IN THE LOVE AND SOLIDARITY YOU FEEL FOR YOUR FELLOW HUMANS AND CHANNEL ALL THAT POSITIVE ENERGY INTO A CREATION OF A WORLD FREE FROM LADY GAGA'S. And remember that "forgiving" doesn't mean give way to more evil elitist rule in this world. Be your own master like the god you are and therefore create your heavenly kingdom here, free from slave mentality.

    WE'RE 6 BILLION, they're only a few million, WILL WIN. SO ACT!

    A few references:
    The Georgia Guide Stones:

    I, Pet Goat II:



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