A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Judas" is a controversial song on multiple levels. The lyrics describe a typical Lady Gaga theme: an obsessive attachment to a romantic partner who treats her badly and her subsequent revenge. The song has some references to sex, including condoms and prostitutes. Gaga also employs the biblical metaphor of Judas, the man who betrayed Jesus, to tell her tale. In the end, the single isn't an ideal choice for younger kids, especially those with parents who prefer not to hear religious allusions in their music.
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What's the story?
"JUDAS" is a single by pop phenomenon Lady Gaga that follows a pattern similar to many of the artist's earlier songs. The track focuses on an unhealthy romantic relationship from which the singer can't seem to break free -- "Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain / Even after three times, he betrays me." Adding fuel to the fire, Gaga adds in the religious metaphor of Judas, a biblical figure who's cited as having betrayed Jesus. Despite the fact that it doesn't include profanity or graphic descriptions of sex or substances, this isn't a single for young tweens who are beginning to navigate the choppy waters of romantic relationships, since it presents an unhealthy version of love.
Is it any good?
In "Judas," Lady Gaga once again goes back to her musical well -- which is starting to run dry. Though the single has a mildly interesting hook in its halting "Juda-a-a" refrain, the overwhelming majority of the song sounds remarkably similar to lots of earlier Gaga tracks, a fact that not even its controversial religious lyrics can overshadow. In the end, the whole thing comes across like a knock off of a legendary artist who pioneered this same approach decades ago: Madonna.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Lady Gaga would have chosen a religious metaphor to get her point across in this song.
Gaga grew up Catholic, attending Catholic school throughout her childhood. Does this give her the right to weave elements of Catholicism into her music? Why or why not?
Some claim this song is a rip-off of Madonna's "Like a Prayer." Do you agree? What do the songs have in common?
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