Lady Gaga Opens Up About Her ‘Trayvon Martin’ Song, “How Could I Not Say Something?”


Lady Gaga has spoken out about her new song ‘Angel Down,’ about the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012 which launched the Black Lives Matter movement. The song is from her new fifth studio album, ‘Joanne.’

The Grammy-winning singer revealed that she wrote the song as a response to “the epidemic of young African-Americans being murdered in this country.”

She explained:

“I was overwhelmed by the fact that people just stood around and didn’t do anything about it, and that the justice system continues to, over and over again, not seek justice for these families.”

The song includes the lyrics:

“Doesn’t everyone belong in the arms of the sacred/ Why do we pretend we’re wrong has our young courage faded / Shots were fired down the street by the church where we used to meet/ Angel down, angel down, why do people just stand around?”


Gaga says she wrestled with whether or not she should speak on the matter, given that she is not African American, but revealed how she was pushed to do so after speaking with black friends:

“They tell me they drive in their cars, and if they hear a siren, there is a paranoia that runs through their body, that they freeze up, that they can’t think. This is a tremendous anxiety. This is something that I care about. This is something that has to stop, something that we all need to heal from.”

She concluded:

“How can I not say something?” How could I possibly make an album about twerking my a– in the club?… In my mind, I can’t reckon it. It feels empty. It feels irrelevant.”

Well said!




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