Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Lady Gaga New Album Embraces Black Lives Matter with Song for Trayvon Martin

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On what seems like a very, very strong new album called “Joanne,” Lady Gaga is getting serious about a lot of stuff. Serious stuff. She’s got a song called “Angel Down” about Trayvon Martin in which she embraces Black Lives Matter and makes a stunning statement– very much like Bruce Springsteen did years ago with “American Skin (41 Shots)” about Amadou Diallo. There’s a weird clip that will give you an idea, and here are the lyrics:

I confess I am lost
In the age of the social
On our knees
Take a test
To be lovin’ and grateful

Shots were fired on the street
By the church where we used to meet
Angel down, angel down
But the people just stood around

I’m a believer
It’s a trial
Foolish and weaker
Oh-oh-oh
I’d rather save an angel down

I’m a believer
It’s chaos
Where are our leaders?
Oh-oh-oh
I’d rather save an angel down

Doesn’t everyone belong
In the arms of the sacred
Why do we pretend we’re wrong?
Has our young courage faded?

Shots were fired on the street
By the church where we used to meet
Angel down, angel down
Why do people just stood around?

I’m a believer
It’s a trial
Foolish and weaker
Oh-oh-oh
I’d rather save an angel down

I’m a believer
It’s chaos
Where are our leaders?
Oh-oh-oh
I’d rather save an angel down

Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo
Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo
Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo

I’m a believer
It’s a trial
Foolish and weaker
Oh-oh-oh
I’d rather save an angel down
Ohhh
I’m a believer
It’s chaos
Where are our leaders?
Oh-oh-oh
I’d rather save an angel down

Save that angel
Catch that angel
Catch that angel
Catch that angel

Otherwise, “Joanne” the album has a lot of depth. It’s also a hit for the moment, entering iTunes at number 2 and amazon at number 1. “Hey Girl” with Florence Welch is a tribute to Elton John and “Bennie and the Jets.” More traditional Lady Gaga fans will go for “Dancin’ in Circles.” “Come to Mama” is also very strong. More on the album later on Friday. But I wish Gaga had made the Grammy deadline on September 30th. She woulda been a contender.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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