3-Way (The Golden Rule) (song)

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The Lonely Island (feat. Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga)
Writer(s) Andy Samberg
Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone
Justin Timberlake
Length 2:51

"3-Way (The Golden Rule)" is a song by The Lonely Island, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga. The song premiered on May 21, 2011 during Saturday Night Live and was released digitally on May 24th. The song was recorded the day before the premiere. The song was released on their third studio album, The Wack Album.


The song was written on May 19th and recorded on the 20th. The video was shot the same day. The beat is by The Futuristics with Ryan & Smitty and Asa Taccone. The video was directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.

"I wish that they filmed the backstage scenario as both Justin and Andy Samberg tried simultaneously to pitch this idea to me and they both choked on the way in. Justin was like 'Umm so umm, we have a skit idea and umm, well I'm not really good at this I'll have Andy tell you.' Then Andy came and was like 'Well umm bluh blah we have this skit idea.' Then they both came in finally and they told me the story and I'm like, 'Guys, I get it.' They're like 'We really like each other.'"

—Lady Gaga


During the short's original television broadcast on May 21, 2011, NBC bleeped the word "dick" in the phrase "helicopter dick". The version uploaded to Hulu shortly after the episode's premiere is the censored version with the audience response track. "3-Way" has been uploaded to The Lonely Island official YouTube account uncensored and without laugh track. Also, when the single was released via iTunes on May 24, the audio contained the uncensored version.


Your mom says, “Hi” — Jinx!
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah Yeah yeah yeah no no

Yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

Summertime in the city
And everybody’s having sex

You know I just got a page from a girl that I met last week at the Payless

Shoe stores

I also have a cutie to call who likes the way I knock on her boots

Well let’s help them back
Let’s handle that
In two-to-six hours,
We’ll meet back here and regroup

Now let’s shoop

Roll up to her crib with some Bartles & James
Hop off the bus with the Alizé
Now hold up player, whatchu diggity-doing here?
I should diggity-ask you the same
And she sang

[Lady Gaga]:
Hey, boys I want you both
I hope that you think that’s cool

(Say word?)
I know most guys won’t freak together
She forgot about the Golden Rule — a huh huh

It’s OK to put us in a three-way
It’s not gay when it’s in a three-way
With a honey in the middle there’s some leeway
The area’s grey in a one, two, three-way

Normally, I don’t get down with dudes
But tonight is a special exception (Great)
See you’re my best friend
Through thick and thin
Now it’s time to make a cool connection

Lights off

Here in the dark (Here in the dark)
It’s so hard to tell (So hard to tell)
Where her body ends (La la)
And my homie’s begins (Ew wee)
This rule dates back (The Golden Rule)
To ancient Greece (Takin’ about Caesar)
We’re two Jack Trippers and a Chrissy
The new Three’s Company

You guys are still here.

It’s OK to put us in a three-way
It’s not gay when it’s in a three-way
With a honey in the middle there’s some leeway
The area’s grey in a one, two three-way

Fellas. Get ready.
Do impress the chick
Helicopter d*ck, go! Hellicopter d*ck. Helicopter d*ck
Do impress the chick
Helicopter d*ck

And all of that was OK
‘Cuz it was in a three-way
It’s right there when you see the instant replay (boom)
Maybe two is enough
That’s what they’ll say
But we’ll say, “Hell no.”
It’s a one, two, three-way

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

Music videoEdit

3-Way (The Golden Rule)03:08

3-Way (The Golden Rule)

Premiere date May 21, 2011
Director(s) Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone
Fashion director
Director of photography


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