Judas by Lady Gaga
In the song “Judas” written by Lady Gaga, is a story of love. The theme of the song seems to be love sickness and obsession with a bad boy. The girl seems to have fallen for a boy who is against every moral that she has set for herself and for this reason she is having trouble living with herself, but is unsure of how to live without this boy. The girl is also betrayed over and over again and still forgives continuously. This song can be related to many of the relationships we see today.
In the first real stanza of this song, the composer begins to make biblical connections. You can see this when she says: “When he comes to me I am ready/ I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs.” What most people don’t know is that this is referring to Luke, Chapter 7. In the chapter, a woman who has sinned many times and that is looked down upon by many goes to Jesus’ feet and begs for forgiveness. The woman begins to cry, her tears wet his feet, she then wipes his feet with her hair to dry them, she continues by kissing his feet and applying the ointment that she had. Jesus forgives the woman.
In this song, she realizes that she will need to beg for forgiveness and “wash his feet with her hair if he needs” but she will still do what is wrong, even though she knows it’s wrong.
In the next line she says, “Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain. Even after three times he betrays me.” In these lines, you can see the story of betrayal. The next biblical connection is made in that when Judas is asked if he knows Jesus he replies that he doesn’t, he does this three times. The third time that Jesus is denied, a crow calls.
The chorus gives what I believe to be a better definition of the song meaning.
“I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel/ But I’m still in love with Judas, baby/ I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel/ But I’m still in love with Judas, baby.” In the chorus, she talks about how much she is in love with “Judas” and how she knows she is wrong, therefore, she is calling herself a “Holy Fool”. She feels like her lover is being cruel to her, but really all he is doing is being himself. It is just “Judas” nature to be the way his is. The girl knows this but she can’t help but loving him and for this reason he is cruel. I believe the definition of this song is brought to life through these words.
The girl continues loving the boy even though she knows it is wrong, we can see this in these lines.“I couldn’t love a man so purely/ Even prophets forgave his crooked way.” In these lines, you can also see that she is deeply in love, she is telling herself that if Jesus can forgive Judas, then she can forgive her lover too.
There are two types of love in this song, the good kind that the girl wished for all her life and then the bad kind which she fell into with “Judas”. You can see the two types of love in these lines: I’ve learned love is like a brick you can/ Build a house or sink a dead body.”
In these lines love that works is being compared with love that doesn’t. With love that works, you can build a house, or have a family and have a very happy, healthy, and for some people, exciting life. Love that doesn’t work can kill you, make you suicidal, or convince you to make bad decisions that you normally wouldn’t make if your mind wasn’t clouded with the “bad” love. The girl is willing to live with her decisions which leads us to the next lines. “In the most Biblical sense,/ I am beyond repentance/ Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind.” In these lines, the girl is referring to herself as a prostitute and an overall person that she doesn’t want to be. The thought of forgiving herself is just not going to be an option to her, but she still knows she has to live with who she is because she cannot live without the person she is in love with.
Here, the song adds what I believe to be new information. New information that suggests that the girl may have been in love with two men and is just arguing with herself on which man she wants to choose. One man being a bad boy (Judas) and the other being a good boy who is compared to Jesus. Something is pulling her away from the good boy even though she knows that should love him instead of the bad boy, Judas. You can see this when she says: “I wanna love you,/But something’s pulling me away from you/ Jesus is my virtue,/Judas is the demon I cling to/ I cling to.” It seems that she wants to choose what is right, which may be a good boy, but in the end, she knows that the bad boy is the only one who is right for her.
In the end, she continues back to talking about herself and how she is upset with the choices she has made with her life, but there is nothing she can do because she is in love, you can see this again in these lines: “I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel/But I’m still in love with Judas, baby/ I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel/ But I’m still in love with Judas, baby.” When she moves back to these lines, this gives the overall effect that she is still deeply in love with the bad boy Judas and there is nothing she, or anyone else can do about it.
This song shows not just the perfect side of love, it shows both sides of love. The song is a true definition falling in love, you are in so deep that you don’t seem to care if you are damaging yourself, your morals, or anything else in your life. Your whole life revolves around one person no matter how much you don’t want it to.