Between songs, Gaga wore her heart on her sleeve in revealing the motivation behind the ultra-personal album. Below are three times Gaga got serious at the intimate show:
One of the most gut-wrenching songs on Joanne is "Angel Down," which was inspired by the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin; she even changed the lyric "Save that angel" to "Trayvon angel" during the show. Before performing the song, she took a moment to encourage everyone to be empathetic to their fellow Americans on Election Day. "I wrote this song about people loving each other and taking care of each other," she said. "And, you know, the election's coming up, and I really hope that that is a peaceful day, as much as it can be. I pray that on that day, we all understand that not everybody is gonna vote for the same person. Everybody has different ideas and thoughts, and that’s OK; we don't have to hate each other because of that. What we have to do is come together, and the reason is because there's a lot of people suffering, and there's too many angels down, so let’s not focus on the hate; let's focus on who we need to help."
"I Can F---ing Hear You"
Before playing the ballad "Million Reasons," Gaga marveled at the fact that the song is a hit around the world -- even in countries that might not embrace her feminist perspective. "It's No. 1 on iTunes in so many countries right now, including Saudi Arabia. ... For everyone watching and everyone who's here tonight and for everyone who bought that song or is listening to or streaming that song, I just want you to know that when I saw that, I felt so heard as a woman, I really did. I was like, 'Wow, I'm heard today.' And you know what? If I'm heard, that means that you're heard. So I just wanted to tell all those women -- and men -- that bought that song that I can f---ing hear you. I can hear you. And every time I sing this song, I can hear you in my heart singing with me."
"Part of My Dad Came Back to Life"
Lady Gaga named her new album after her dad's sister Joanne, who died before Gaga was even born. While reflecting on writing the title track with Mark Ronson -- who played guitar for Gaga at the final Dive Bar Tour stop -- she talked about how her tribute to Joanne has affected her father. "This song is so important to me. ... When we made this song, we just thought it was a beautiful song and we just thought it was an honest song. But after this record came out and everybody heard this music and came to my father's restaurant in New York [also called Joanne] to celebrate, I saw a look in my dad's eyes that I've never seen in my whole life. Because when my dad was really young, he lost his sister Joanne. Sometimes I used to wonder if I ever got to meet my real dad, you know? Because sometimes things happen to you that are so hard in your life that you die too, or a part of you dies. And after this record came out, I swear that part of my dad came back to life. I hope that when you hear it, when you're with your families and you think of the loss that you've had or the pending loss in your life, I hope this song can maybe heal you like it healed me and my family."
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