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 of the audience response track. "3-Way" has been uploaded to The Lonely Island official YouTube account uncensored and without a laugh track. Also, when the single was released via iTunes on May 24, the audio contained the uncensored version.


Back in that ass... (yeah)
Your mom says hi, jinx!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no
Y-y-yeah, y-y-yeah
Y-y-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 (ShoeSource)
I also have a cutie to call
Who loves the way I knock on her boots
Well, it's time to mack, let's handle that
In 2 to 6 hours, we'll meet back here and regroup
So let's shoop!
Roll up to the crib with some Bartles and James
Hop off the bus with the Alizé
Now hold up, playa
What you diggity-doin here?
I should diggity-ask you the same!
(Then she says,)

Hey, boys, I want you both
I hope that you think that's cool(Say wer?)
I know most guys won't freak together

But she forgot about the golden rule

It's okay when it's in a 3-way
It's not gay when it's in a 3-way
With a honey in the middle there's some leeway
The area's grey in a 1-2-3-way

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

Here in the dark (Here in the dark)
It's hard to tell (So hard to tell)
Where her body ends (La la)
And my homie's begins...(Hoo-Wee!)
This rule dates back...(The golden rule)
To ancient Greece...(Talkin' bout Caesar)
We're 2 Jack Trippers and a Chrissy
The new Three's Company!

You guys are still here

It's okay when it's in a 3-way
It's not gay when it's in a 3-way
With a honey in the middle there's some leeway
The area's grey in a 1-2-3-way

Fellas, get ready
To impress a chick
Helicopter dick, go!
Helicopter dick (Uh!)
Helicopter dick (Alright!)
To impress a chick
Do the helicopter dick!

And all of that was okay, cause it was in a 3-way
It's quite clear when you see the instant replay
"Baby, two is enough," that's what they'll say
But we'll say "hell no!", 1-2-3 way
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (The Golden Rule)

Music videoEdit

3-Way (The Golden Rule)

3-Way (The Golden Rule)

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


  1. Lady Gaga wears a cami dress by Natori.
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