A mermaid tail, Gaga-on-Gaga kissing, some form of torture in a barn and of course dancing. Lots of dancing. This is the nutshell version of Lady Gaga's video for 'Yoü and I' (and leaves out a whole bunch of other things like a water tank, the white ghost-like wedding and Gaga in ballet flats – yes ballet f-l-a-t-s).
Gaga (aka Mother Monster to her fans) has released her brand new music video for 'Yoü and I' two days early.
It was originally due to release on Thursday (PST) during an MTV special, but after internet leaks overnight in the US, Lady Gaga decided to go early with the official video.
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The quirky 'Born This Way' singer took to Twitter to announce the early release, tweeting:
(read: "F*CK THURSDAY" – the original official release date.)
The next tweet guided fans to her YouTube account with the brand new video. "YouAndIVideo: http://t.co/Ag5ZkXn. You must love all + every part of me, as must I, for this complex + incomprehensible force to be true."
In standard Mother Monster fashion, the video is rather cryptic - as are her tweets - but it does contain some identifiable themes throughout.
Given the song was written for her on-again, off-again ex, bartender Carl Luc, and he was born in Nebraska, the opening shots reveal Nebraskan-esque cornfields, and Gaga walking along the road in her trademark platform heels.
A previous interview with Gaga (real name Stephanie Joanne Germanotta) herself hinted at the Carl Luc theme: "The premise of the video is that I've walked all the way from New York City to Nebraska to get him [my boyfriend] back. I'm walking with no luggage, no nothing. It's just me, and my ankles are kind of bleeding a little bit, and there's grass stuck in my shoes. I've got this outfit on -- it's real sort of New York clothing."
While this is evident in the opening moments, the video moves into far more interesting territory than that.
Some scenes show different forms of torture (or perhaps even sadism) inflicted on a bound Gaga, perhaps indicating the metaphorical anguishing nature of the relationship between Lady Gaga and her ex, Carl Luc.
Another scene shows human/mermaid sex (or what you imagine is mermaid sex given his derrière is covered in a towel in the bathtub in the barn [and yes, I did just write that]). We're not quite sure about that one, but perhaps it's about Gaga and her ex being very different people that at times could get along swimmingly.
The most interesting moments in the video come from the Gaga on Gaga scene, in what appears to be a crop circle. Her trademark piano is there - and of course she's playing it – but her attire is just a simple cream silk negligee and long blonde wig, making her almost ethereal.
Noticeably absent are her platform shoes; instead she has simple ballet flats on her feet. From the woman who said would 10-pin bowl in her sky-high platforms rather than let her fans see her in bowling shoes, that is saying a lot. But more on this in a moment.
Accompanying her in this scene is, well, herself. The Joe Calderone version of Lady Gaga (read Gaga dressed in drag as an Italian greaser mechanic) sits atop the piano, smoking away and scowling.
At one stage, the Joe Calderone Gaga pashes on with the lady Lady Gaga.
Picking back up from the ballet flats, this makes for an interesting scene: an exposed and vulnerable Gaga (identified by her stripped back appearance) loving her New Yorker, tough-guy side. This ties in with her "You must love all + every part of me, as must I," tweet.
This also ties back into the overall theme of her 'Born This Way' album - embrace the way you were born, and love every single part of yourself.
In summation, Lady Gaga has struck weird video gold again. And personally, I can't wait to see what Gaga brings us next.
Watch the full 'Yoü and I' video