Swine

Songfacts®:

  • This shrieking industrial rocker finds an angry Gaga physically disgusted as she cuts an "animal" out of her life over sleek keyboard shards. When asked about the difficulty of writing the song during a Twitter Q&A she admitted that it is a "very personal song but it became very freeing. Put a lot of rage into this album. Its been hard to part from it."
  • Gaga hinted at domestic abuse when introducing the song at London's Roundhouse saying, "My heart, my skin and my pu--y felt like trash."
  • Gaga explained during a Sirius XM special that this is an angry song about her sexual experiences in life. She added that it was an exorcism for her, which is why she bashes away at the drums during the tune.
  • Gaga revealed to Howard Stern that the song was based on a teenage experience of being sexually assaulted by a man 20 years her senior. "I was about 19. I went to Catholic school and then all this crazy stuff happened, and I was going, 'Oh, is this just the way adults are?'' I was very naïve," she recalled.

    "I wrote a song called 'Swine.' The song is about rape," Gaga added. "The song is about demoralization. The song is about rage and fury and passion, and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release."

    "It didn't affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later," Gaga added of the event. "It hit me so hard. I was so traumatized by it that I was like, 'Just keep going,' because I just had to get out of there."
  • When Gaga performed the song at the 2014 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, she was vomited on with paint by a performance artist.

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