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"Mary Jane Holland" is a song written by Lady Gaga for ARTPOP. The song title was revealed by Gaga when she tweeted lyrics on August 9th, 2013, around 2:00 PM. August 9th is also her father, Joe Germanotta's birthday, which is a possibility why Gaga revealed it that day. A snippet was released October 28, 2013.
Lady Gaga first gave a hint about the song in 2012 at an Amsterdam show of the Born This Way Ball where she introduced herself to the audience as Mary Jane Holland which means that she was working on the song at that period. As she said in the track-by-track commentary of ARTPOP, when she was in Amsterdam, she called Madeon, the producer of the song, telling him she had ideas for the album and asked him to send her some material to choose for the song instrumental. She continues, the song gave her inspiration to dye her hair brown which is even mentioned in the first verse. She felt like the world owned her blondness and it wasn't hers anymore. After dying her hair, she went out into the city and had a good time and that gave her even more inspiration for writing the song. She continues stating that she created that alter-ego after smoking weed and getting drunk in clubs and it gave her comfort while being out, she felt like a normal person after a long time and that served as inspiration for the song's chorus.
The instrumental is based on the track "Can't Beat The Machines", a collaboration song produced by Madeon for The Good Natured, from 2012.
Album version (4:37)
|Writers and producers||Lady Gaga and Madeon|
|Additional production||Nick Monson|
|Recording by||Dave Russell and Benjamin Rice at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA|
|Assistant recording||Benjamin 'Ben' Rice and Andrew Robertson at Record Plant|
|Mixed by||Manny Marroquin at Larrabee North Studios Universal City, CA |
Madeon at Popcultur Studios, France
|Assistant mixers||Chris Galland and Delhert Bowers at Larrabee Studios|
|Mastering||Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering, Burbank, CA|