Lady Gaga’s Subtle Political Message During Halftime Show
Football fans were glad Lady Gaga didn't get political during her halftime performance. Did they miss her subtle message?
Lady Gaga kicked off her performance standing on the roof of the stadium singing "America The Beautiful." She quickly changed gears and transitioned into Woody Guthrie's popular tune, "This Land Is Your Land."
Many Americans are familiar with the first verse:
"This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me."
Lady Gaga didn't sing further than that first verse. Yet when looking at the lyrics of the entire song, it has a very powerful message.
"When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
This land was made for you and me.
As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.
In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?
Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me."
The song has become an anthem of sorts for recent protests against President Trump's executive actions. It was sung at the Women's March on Washington and even at local rallies and protests in Syracuse.
Lady Gaga has notoriously been inclusive and continues to fight for human rights; her music boasts to love yourself no matter your gender, race or sexual identity. What do you think of her halftime performance?