“The record is about a girl who likes to have sex with the lights off, because she’s embarrassed about her body. She doesn’t want her man to see her naked. She will be free, and she will let her inner animal out, but only when the lights are out.
She doesn’t feel free without the moon. These lyrics are a way for me to talk about how I believe women and some men feel innately insecure about themselves all the time. It’s not sometimes, it’s not in adolescence, it’s always.
The song isn’t called ‘Dance in the Light,’ I’m not a gospel singer trying to cross people over. What I’m saying is, 'I get it. I feel you, I feel the same way, and it’s OK.’”
Side note: this song is actually probably one of, if not the most important Lady Gaga song to me (and that’s saying something because Lady Gaga is very important to me). It was around a year and a half ago, when I was depressed. I was so full of negativity and self-loathing and literally hated everything about myself. There came a point when I decided I needed to change something about myself – and I decided to look at my weight. I ended up skipping breakfast and lunch and eating half a dinner. To carry myself over when I felt hungry, I would eat until I was completely satisfied, then throw it all up. I called it “cleansing myself”. Things were getting worse; I considered cutting and actually contemplated suicide. One day, while I was attempting to throw up, I found that I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I pushed and pushed until it hurt and I was in tears. Through the pain and how miserable I felt, a single song lyric popped into my head. “I will never let you fall apart. Together, we’ll dance in the dark." It was because of a lyric from this song I decided to pick myself up off the bathroom floor and face my problems. I was able to stop throwing up, and eventually pulled out of the depression. Lady Gaga was important to me for years before that, but that one experience probably changed the way I viewed this song. It’s just one of the many ways that she’s changed my life. Happy Birthday Lady Gaga. You deserve an absolutely amazing one.