"You and I" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Cleaner-than-average love song from edgy pop diva.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song's messages about a relationship aren't positive or negative, just mature.

Positive Role Models & Representations

None of the behavior described here is a sign of a poor role model -- just an adult.


Some references to sexual situations: "Sit back down on the couch where we made love for the first time"

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple mentions of drinking: "You taste like whiskey when you kiss me."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "You and I" is among the cleaner tunes in Lady Gaga's repertoire. There's no profanity or violence, and it only has a few lines about drinking and sex. There's one mention of "serving Jesus Christ." Though the romantic relationship described in the song is on the mature side, it's still an overall OK track for younger Gaga fans.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAbigail1975000 July 15, 2012

You and I

Other than references to making love and whiskey, this is a clean GaGa tune okay for younger fans/music lovers!
Adult Written bychagsters January 28, 2012


Beautiful song! An istant classic! This is real music from a true artist!
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 8, 2012

Love it!

One of my favorite Lady Gaga songs.
Teen, 13 years old Written byhellokittycaroline March 28, 2012

i agree with common sense

really cool and different song for Lady Gaga. I like it a lot. What great vocals she has. A little sexy the song though.

What's the story?

"YOU AND I," a song from Lady Gaga's second record, Born This Way, is a mostly clean ode to a guy she's head over heels about. With profanity and violence nowhere to be found, the single is one of the better choices for younger fans who can't get enough of the pop diva's music.

Is it any good?

So much of Lady Gaga's music is influenced by the '80s, including this tune -- her nod to the big '80s power ballad. In a refreshing departure from her synth-based hooks, the hook here is all about booming percussion, piano, and guitar, which serve as a super-fun backdrop to her powerhouse vocals.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Lady Gaga often weaves the theme of religion into songs that also include mature references to things like sex and drinking. Is this a mixed message? Why or why not?

  • The dual focus on religion and sex has also been a common theme for one of the biggest pop stars of all time: Madonna. What are some of the similarities and differences between the treatment of these topics by the two singers?

Music details

  • Artist: Lady Gaga
  • Release date: August 16, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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