Lady Gaga engaged in a Google chat the other day, dropping some new details about the follow-up to her mega-smash “Born This Way,” to be called “Judas”:
“It’s no surprise, I’m sure, to many of you, that Judas is a man of the Biblical sense, so expect to see some symbolism in this video,” Gaga said, going on to recite a few lines from the song:
Um, yes, Gaga. Judas is a man of “the Biblical sense.” Here’s some sample lyrics:
“When he comes to me, I am ready/ I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs/ Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain/ Even after three times, he betrays me/ I’ll bring him down, a king with no crown.”
The lyrics are clunky, but more pertinently, they contain a botched allusion: Peter, not Judas, is the man who denied Jesus three times. More weirdly, what Judas actually did makes for more compelling imagery: he betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Did no one notice this error? (Why didn’t she?)
Oh, and, no surprise, kids: “Judas” is a RedOne production. Britney Spears had Max Martin, and Lady Gaga has RedOne. The lesson is this: you might branch out, but you always come back to the guy whose song put you on the map.