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BornThisWay
Lady Gaga
Writer(s) Lady Gaga
Fernando Garibay
DJ White Shadow
Cheche Alara
Brian Lee
Producer(s) Fernando Garibay
DJ White Shadow
Co-producer(s) Lady Gaga
Length 4:06

Born This Way track listing

"Americano" (Spanish for "American") is a song by Lady Gaga off Born This Way. The song title was revealed through Vogue magazine. During The Monster Ball on May 3, 2011 in Mexico, Gaga debuted an acoustic version of the song. She also stated that “It sounds like a pop record, but when I sing it, I see Edith Piaf in a spotlight with an old microphone." On May 5, Gaga performed the song with Fernando Garibay during her concert at Foro Sol. Lady Gaga revealed at the Born This Way press conference in Mexico City that there are two versions of the song. One is a mariachi and techno version that is bilingual, while the other is an extended, mariachi only version where Gaga is singing completely in Spanish. The song was registered on Gaga's BMI on May 17, 2011. The Gregori Klosman Remix was registered on May 25.

Background

During an interview with Vogue, Gaga described the song as “a big mariachi techno-house record, where I am singing about immigration law and gay marriage and all sorts of things that have to do with disenfranchised communities in America.” She then goes on to describe the vocals of the song. “It sounds like a pop record, but when I sing it, I see Edith Piaf in a spotlight with an old microphone.

NME reported that the song is “Told as a love story between Gaga and a girl from L.A., this is an acid house-fuelled Mexican-themed footstomper.

Gaga revealed that “This was [her] first proper collaboration with Fernando Garibay and White Shadow. Labels had been telling Fernando to tone down his mexican influences, but here, [they] really brought them out. It was when Prop 8 was overturned in California. The immigration law was passed in Arizona, houses were being raided for immigrants, some of whom had been here for 20 years. America was once the land of the free, and now [they're] telling everyone to get the fuck out.

At a press conference for her new album in Mexico on May 6, 2011, Lady Gaga brought up the song Americano, saying she wrote it in response to Arizona's immigration laws. She continued by saying, "I don’t stand by many of those unjust immigration laws in my country."

Gaga revealed on twitter that the song was about what the American Dream means to her. [1]

Reference in popular culture

  • "Americano" was used in promotional campaigns for Puss In Boots, and also played over the final scene of the film.

Puss In Boots - Official Final Trailer02:19

Puss In Boots - Official Final Trailer

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  • It was featured in a mashup along with Jennifer Lopez's "Dance Again" on the Glee episode, "The New Rachel".

GLEE - "Americano" "Dance Again"02:40

GLEE - "Americano" "Dance Again"

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  • The song was used during trailers for the ABC television series, Killer Women.

"Killer Women" ABC promo00:36

"Killer Women" ABC promo

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Performances

Dates Location City Globe-green
2011
May 9 Robin Hood Gala New York, NY Us

Dates Location City Globe-green

Tour Dates Performances
Monster Ball:Arena version 2011 (May 3 - May 6) 3
The Born This Way Ball All Dates 98
Total of performances 101

Lyrics

I met a girl in east L.A.
In floral shorts as sweet as May
She sang in eights in two Barrio chords
We fell in love
But not in court

La la la la la la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la la la la
La la la la la la la

I don't
I don't

Aaaahhh America
Americano
Aaaahhh America
Americano

Mis canciones son de la re revolución
Mi corazón me duele por mi generación
If you love me
we can marry on the west coast
On a Wednesday,
En el verano o en Agosto

I don't speak your
I don't speak your
Languagono (la la la la la la la)
I don't speak your (won't speak your)
I don't speak your (won't speak your)
Jesus Cristo (la la la la la la la)

Aaaahhh America
Americano
Aaaahhh America
Americano

I will fight for, I have fought for
How I love you (la la la la la la la)
I have cried for, I will die for
How I care (la la la la la la la)
In the mountains, las campanas
Están sonando (la la la la la la la)
Todos los chicos (chicas), y los chicos (chicas)
Están besando (la la la la la la la)

I don't speak your
I don't speak your
Languagono (la la la la la la la)
I don't speak your
I won't speak your
Jesus Cristo (la la la la la la la)

I don't speak your (won't speak your)
I don't speak your (won't speak your)
Americano (la la la la la la la)
I don't speak your (won't speak your)
I don't speak your (won't speak your)
Jesus Cristo (la la la la la la la)

Aaaahhh America
Americano
Aaaahhh America
Americano
Aaaahhh America
Americano
Aaaahhh America
Americano

Don't you try to catch me
Don't you try to catch me
No, no, no, no
I'm living on the edge of
Living on the edge
Of the law, law, law, law
Don't you try to catch me
Don't you try to get me
No, no, no, no
Don't you try to catch me
Living on the edge
Of the law, law, law, law

Notes
"Mis canciones son de la re revolución" (Spanish, "My songs are about the re-revolution")
"Mi corazón me duele por mi generación" (Spanish, "My heart aches for my generation")
"En el verano o en Agosto" (Spanish, "In the summer or in August.")
"Las campanas están sonando" (Spanish, "The bells are ringing")
"Todos los chicos (chicas) y los chicos (chicas)" (Spanish, "All the boys (girls) and the boys (girls)")
"Están besando" (Spanish, "They are kissing.")

Remixes

  • Gregori Klosman Remix - 6:08

Credits

Publishing

  • [BMI] Sony/ATV Songs, LLC/ House of Gaga Publishing / GloJoe Music Inc.
  • [BMI] Sony/ATV Songs LLC / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./ Garibay Music Publishing.
    All rights on behalf of itself and Garibay Music Publishing administered by WB Music Corp.
  • Maxwell and Carter Publishing, LLC

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