"Marry the Night" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Marry the Night" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Gaga gets serious in emotional song, mature video.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Some conflicting messages about embracing life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song is about resigning yourself to a life of "emptiness."


A couple of references to "making love" and kissing.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions drinking whiskey at a bar. Smoking in the video.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Marry the Night" is a fairly clean single as far as explicit language and references go, with no profanity, only a couple of mild references to sex/kissing, and one line about drinking whiskey. That said, the overarching message is a mature one about accepting emotional ups and downs as a part of life -- which Lady Gaga acts out in the racy video, which shows her (half clothed) having a breakdown in a mental institution and then working her way back up the ladder to become a star. The song itself is OK for young teens, but the video is best for older kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysnowangel00 February 12, 2012

Had an awesome music video

It is a very good song. Music video was not appropriate for kids under 11.
Adult Written bychagsters January 27, 2012


Great dance song about snapping out of depression or sadness and having a great night! This song is ideal for anyone who is going through a rough time! It reall... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 26, 2020


This song shows the ability to manage and embrace problems, and kicks ideas about living a perfect life to the curb. Great for tweens.
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 8, 2012

What's the story?

"MARRY THE NIGHT" is the fifth single from the second full-length album by pop phenomenon Lady Gaga. The song is about accepting that life can be an emotional roller coaster. The video shows Gaga mostly naked in parts, occasionally smoking, having an emotional breakdown, and then participating in a dance audition as she attempts to resurrect her career.

Is it any good?

Big, booming organ, synthesizer, and vocals come crashing out of this song at an almost frenetic pace, reminiscent of when Kevin Bacon danced in the stockyard to Moving Pictures' "Never" in the original Footloose. Like the song from the movie, you can't help but get caught up in this track.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to cope with feelings of sadness and depression. Is it normal to have "down" days every once in a while? What can make you feel better?

  • What's the meaning behind the line "I'm a soldier to my own emptiness"? Do you think it's better for lonely people to deal with their feelings by themselves or to talk with someone they trust? Why?

Music details

  • Artist: Lady Gaga
  • Release date: December 3, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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