"Hair" is a song by Lady Gaga off Born This Way. It was released on May 16, 2011 as part of the album countdown on iTunes. The song title was revealed through Vogue magazine, and was registered on Gaga's BMI on May 17, 2011. Gaga told Ryan Seacrest that the song is one of her favorites off the album. She also stated via Twitter that it is one of the favorite songs of everyone who had listened to her new album.
One of my favorite songs on the album is called "Hair". It’s a really uptempo club record with a Bruce Springsteen vibe to it. I had Clarence Clemons come in from the E Street Band and play saxophone on the record. It has this KISS / Iron Maiden to the melody.
- "I've had enough, this is my prayer, that l'll die living just as free as my Hair." -Mother Mons†er" 3:16 AM via web
On May 27, 2011, Gaga performed the song live for the first time for her fans in New York City at Good Morning America.
On The Graham Norton Show, Lady Gaga explained the origin of the song, which involves the analogy of her hair with freedom, and how that is the only part of her body she can change without anyone judging her.
According to a press listening in February, 2011, "Hair" draws inspiration from Pat Benatar's '80s classic "We Belong," while thematically it focuses on empowering lyrics similar to those of "Born This Way."
|“||I love this song so, so much. When I was a kid, I used to always come down the stairs of my parents' house, and they would say, 'Go back upstairs and brush your hair, change your clothes, you can't go out wearing that', and I felt like it was stifling my identity... My hair was my glory. It was the only thing that I could change about myself.||”|
|“||This song is about your identity being the most important thing to you... it's what's on the inside that matters. I used to get made fun of because my mom used to get up and do her hair every day in the morning, and I really looked up to my mother, so would sometimes be up blowdrying my hair until one in the morning. I'd come to school, and my friends would say, 'Why is your hair so nice? It's all girls in this school, you don't have to look so nice for class.' Well, I want to be like my mom. Now, my hair means so much to me - I must have hundreds of wigs.||”|
—Lady Gaga in A Very Gaga Thanksgiving
Lady Gaga also revealed during the 2019 Daily Front Row's Fashion Los Angeles Awards (March 17, 2019) something she said not even her long-standing hairstylist Frederic Aspiras knew: He was the inspiration for the song “Hair”. She said she wrote the song because “He helped inspire me to love myself, and be myself every day.”
- Programming, instruments — RedOne
- Saxophone — Clarence Clemons
- Guitars — Trevor Muzzy
- Vocal editing — RedOne, Trevor Muzzy
- Vocal arrangement, background vocals — RedOne
- Recording — RedOne, Trevor Muzzy, Dave Russell at Studio Bus (Europe, 2010)
- Mixing — Trevor Muzzy at Larrabee Studios (North Hollywood )
- Mastering — Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering (Burbank )
- Sony/ATV Songs LLC / House of Gaga Publishing LLC (BMI)
- Sony/ATV Songs LLC / Songs of RedOne LLC (BMI)