Lady Gaga continues to carpet-bomb the world with Born This Way promo singles per plan. The latest, “Hair,” is set to be released Monday, a mere week after “Edge of Glory.” There’s a reason for this speed; those who buy all the pre-release singles will be able to get a discount on Born This Way via iTunes’ “Complete This Album” feature.
Like “Edge of Glory,” “Hair” is a club-aimed single with E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, and like “Edge of Glory,” it’s clearly ’80s-inspired, this time pulling inspiration from Pat Benatar’s “We Belong.” But unlike “Edge of Glory,” it’s less about unspecified-yet-breathless romantic palpitations and more about how much it sucks to have someone mess with your hairstyle.
No, really. Gaga gave some lyrics on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, and they’re pretty much about that:
Whenever I’m dressed cool,
My parents put up a fight.
And if I’m a hot shot,
Mom will cut my hair at night.
I just wanna be myself,
And I want you to know, I am my hair.
I’ve had enough, this is my prayer,
That I’ll die living just as free as my hair.
Naturally, this poses some issues:
1) Gaga’s mother seems a little confused. First she rolls Gaga’s hair to make her a superstar, then she cuts it off once she becomes a “hot shot”? No wonder Gaga changes her style so often—she must be used to it.
2) With all the styling and chemicals and tenderloins that make up a typical Lady Gaga hairstyle, can it really be called “free”? We wonder what her hair would have to say on the matter, if it could speak. And if anyone’s hair suddenly developed the ability to speak, it’d probably be Gaga’s.
3) But then, does anyone really associate Lady Gaga with her hairstyle? In the bullet-bangs-and-bow era, sure, but nowadays she’s better known for meat dresses and raunched-up religious attire, centaurish motorcycle torsos—basically, what’s below her scalp.
4) That said, a good track can fill in even the sketchiest of affirmations, and if “Hair” sounds nearly as big as the rest of what we’ve heard of Born This Way, words like “I wanna be myself” and “I am my hair” just might sound anthemic—at least as much as all the other anthems Gaga’s crammed into these past weeks.