"Born This Way" (CD single)



Clean pop tune offers upbeat message about loving yourself.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The lyrics are positive and affirming: "Don't hide yourself in regret, just love yourself and you're set / I'm on the right track, baby, I was born this way."

Positive role models

The song encourages people to be themselves.

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Lyrics mention various sexual orientations: "No matter gay, straight or bi / lesbian, transgendered life."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Born This Way" is much less provocative than the typical Lady Gaga song. It lacks the explicit references to sex, substance use, and violence that characterize many of her other tunes, instead focusing on a more positive message about loving yourself for who you are. Parents should note that this message includes an acceptance of sexual orientation: "No matter gay, straight or bi / lesbian, transgendered life."

What's the story?

In the single "BORN THIS WAY," one of the biggest pop stars on the planet -- Lady Gaga -- sings about accepting yourself no matter who you are. The lyrics are a lot cleaner than most of her other songs, including almost no mature content aside from some references to various sexual orientations (including homosexuality and transgenderism). It's an affirming, upbeat choice for impressionable young teens who could benefit from a self-confidence boost.

Is it any good?


Lady Gaga's '80s influence shows through loud and clear in this track, with big, booming arrangements that are reminiscent of Madonna's huge hit "Express Yourself." While this sound doesn't make for the most original-sounding song, it's still catchy enough to earn plenty of radio play.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the power that popular artists and songs have to influence their listeners. Does this song challenge your assumptions about people who are different than you?

  • Do you think kids are more likely to adopt positive attitudes and behaviors when they're supported by their favorite musicians? Why or why not?

  • What may have motivated Lady Gaga to release a song about accepting yourself at this stage in her career?

Music details

Artist:Lady Gaga
Release date:February 10, 2011
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old October 1, 2011

Best Song EVER!!!!!!

I LOVE Gaga!!!!!!! I support every decision she makes. Lady Gaga has saved my life!!! I could never love her more. I'm bisexual my uncle is gay my friend is gay my brothers friend is gay but who the freak cares!?!?!?! I was born this way and I can not change myself. Anyone who thinks homosexuals are going to hell you are WRONG god loves them just as much as he loves everyone else. Best song EVER! If you agree with me compliment this!
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Adult Written byseefoodlover April 20, 2011

No problem here!

After 13, you can make your own decisions as to what you expose yourself to, and find acceptable. This song is fine to have playing in the car if your toddler is going for a drive with you. Wonderful positive message. If the song is playing in the car while your driving, I wouldn't see any sense in changing it. Also a note to other reviewers. The name of this website is "Common Sense Media." Please use some common sense when writing reviews. When your kid gets to middle school and high school, it's a lot harder to "protect" your kids from things like soda, curse words, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and gay people. But really, why would you want to? Let your teens think for themselves, make their own decisions, and develop their own thoughts as to what they find acceptable, and unacceptable. Instead of restricting them and censoring things in their life, give them guidance in the right direction. Help them to broaden their horizons, and expose them to culture! If they are feeling opinionated about something, encourage them to write a "newspaper article" about it! Ask them the questions they provide on this site! As they go on in life, they will have a vast array of knowledge, examples, and life lessons outside of just, "what mom and dad told me," in the hopes that they can make smart and intelligent decisions for themselves one day. If you have experiences of your own, share them! Tell them crazy stories about your youth! Share exciting stories about Grateful Dead concerts, and waking up in peoples lawns! I know my mom did! And today I'm a well rounded, cultured individual, and I form my own opinions and do what I feel is right, and follow my heart. So what I guess I'm really trying to say, is that your job as a parent, is to use your best judgement, to help your kid use their best judgement in making decisions on what they will do in their life. Anyways.... Most younger kids don't pay attention to the lyrics anyways, just like the way it sounds, and the voice of the singer. Sorry for the lecture. Carry on!
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Teen, 13 years old Written bypepsicola14 April 16, 2011

Do you have no respect?

The only thing I hate more then this song is waht people are saying about being gay or lesbian. IT is okay to like someone of the same sex, it doesn't matter, because they can't help who they are. Im not saying this song is good, but, shame on you who say that being gay is blaphamus! I am truly disgusted. What kind of example is that for your children? There are children already saying it's not okay to be gay on here! Im so outspoken that I just can't think of anything else to say. This is just truley disgusting!!!!!!! Give me a compliment if you agree! I can't be the only one! Don't be scared! IT'S OKAY TO BE GAY!!!!!!!!!!


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