June 27, 2012


Listen: Lady Gaga Debuts New Song, "Princess Die"

Pop provocateur Lady Gaga debuted a new tune Tuesday night in Melbourne, Australia—and she's branded it with a title that is probably going to make people bristle (specifically, the kind of people who are concerned with the British Royal Family and respect for the dead).

Introducing the never-before-performed song for her Aussie monsters (and the world, thanks to YouTube), Gaga said the ballad is "about some of the most deep and personal thoughts I've ever had. It's called Princess Die. D-i-e." And then just in case someone missed that entendre, she repeated "d-i-e."

In spite of the provocative title, the song itself is actually very somber—well, as somber as a song can be when sang from a three-wheeled motorcycle microphone apparatus.

"Leave the coffin open when I go / Leave my pearls and lipstick on so everybody knows / Pretty will be the photograph I leave," is the first line of the song, which centers around the refrain, "Maybe I'll just clean the shit off of these fancy shoes / I'll be a Princess Di and die with you."

Gaga decided to debut the track after a fan threw a tiara onstage, which she took as a sign that it was time to show "Princess Die" to the world. "This song is a little bit sad, and it's in no way reflective of the rest of the music on the [next] album," Gaga said. She also added the track "may or may not" appear on her upcoming third full length, the title of which she'll reveal in September.

What do you think? Are you tickled by Gaga's ability to link "die" to "Di"? Or does that off-color pun make Gaga the Princess of Wails?