‘Imagine if Bruce Springsteen had a baby with Whitney Houston — that’s what it is,’ she says of Fernando Garibay-produced Born This Way track.
By MTV News staff
Lady Gaga has been working with producer Fernando Garibay for years, with the first fruits of their labor being the Fame Monster deep cut “Dance in the Dark.” But, as Lady Gaga put it in MTV’s “Inside the Outside” documentary that premiered Thursday, the pair had yet to “conceive” a hit record when she began work on Born This Way.
That all changed when Gaga heard the church-bell-filled sounds Garibay had concocted while on the road for the Monster Ball Tour.
“He goes, ‘Your show is a religion and your fans are a cult,’ ” Gaga recalled. “It’s this epic music. It’s just so big. And I started to cry. He said, ‘What’s wrong?’ And I said, ‘I can’t believe that you hear me so big.’ ”
Gaga sat down, and lyrics for what would become the Born This Way track “Marry the Night” just started pouring out: “I’m gonna marry the night/ I won’t give up on my life.”
“It’s like Whitney, but imagine if Bruce Springsteen had a baby with Whitney Houston — that’s what it is,” she said. “And that was it! We made a baby. Finally. After all that fornication, miserably long and tedious, Fernando and I finally conceived.”
When MTV News sat down with Garibay, he told his side of the “Marry the Night” conception. “I just kind of got on the American leg of the tour — this was after Australia — and she goes, ‘I want to write another song that can define where I’m at with this album and my life.’ ”
So Garibay listened again to their first collaboration, “Dance in the Dark,” and tried to top that energy. “I remember being backstage and hearing the concert start, so I go out there and hear ‘Dance in the Dark’ open up the whole concert, and I wanted to outdo that feeling. I wanted to outdo that moment that opens up the show. I’m just that way.”
Garibay did his thing while Gaga was onstage doing hers. “I go back to the studio bus; I’m just like working on parts, working on parts, and then, two hours later, she comes offstage, and she goes, ‘Do you have something to play me?’ ” he said. “And I go, ‘I do, actually. It’s a little different, but I think you’ll like it.’
“So I played her the instrumental for ‘Marry the Night,’ and she goes, ‘I love it, but can you change this?’ So she starts changing around a few chords, and then she goes, ‘Open up a mic.’ … She starts laying down the whole song, like, off the cuff. She didn’t have time to live with it. She kind of meditated a few minutes, and then it’s like, ‘OK, I’m ready. Let’s go.’ And right offstage, using the energy of that crowd and going into the studio, it was amazing. I can’t compare it to anything.”
That incomparable feeling was exactly what Gaga was aiming for with Garibay: “I kept saying to him, ‘I don’t want to do anything I’ve done before, I don’t want to sound like anything I’ve done before, I don’t want to feel like anything I’ve done before. I want it to be new.’ ”
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