Sorry if this blog seems to be turning into a Lady Gaga fanblog, but LG has been pretty generous of late. After release the Judas video at the weekend, she’s now released another new track, and I think it’s my favourite-so-far from Born This Way, the upcoming album.
The new track is called “The Edge of Glory.” It’s a brilliant thumping dance track with a chorus which is basically amazing. Compared to her other recent releases (Born This Way and Judas) it’s a really simple song, but I think that’s why I like it. That an the saxaphone that kicks in for the second half.
It’s actually a really sad song. During her interview at Google, Lady Gaga said that this is one of her favourite tracks on the album, but that it’s also about a really sad moment in her life. It was written just before her Grandfather’s death, and it’s about your last moments on earth, the edge of glory. I’m really hoping she releases (or at least performs) a piano and sax version of this, the way it was originally written, but then I also think the finished version of the track is interesting too. It could be quite celebratory, or maybe defiant – you know this is your last moment so you dance your way out to a massive dance track. Maybe it’s about making the most of your final moments because, once you fall over the edge, once you fall from glory, that’s it. Or maybe you dance your way into glory?
I’m not sure what Gaga was thinking as she wrote this – maybe a bit of all of these. But as a Christian the phrase “The Edge of Glory” strikes all kinds of chords with me. It reminded me of a quote I read the other day from CS Lewis’s essay, “The Weight of Glory”:
“At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in.”
As a Christian, The Edge of Glory is where I live. And that’s definitely a reason to dance.