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"Joanne" or "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)" is a title track by Lady Gaga from her fifth studio album, Joanne written by Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson and produced by Ronson and Bloodpop. The song is a down-tempo country ballad and a tribute to Gaga's deceased paternal aunt Joanne Germanotta. The song was released as a single in Italy on December 22, 2017. A reworked piano version of the song was released worldwide as the final single from the album on January 26, 2018. The song won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance at the 61st Grammy Awards.

Background

The song pays tribute to Gaga's aunt, who died due to lupus at the age of 19. She passed away before Gaga was born, however she often claims that her paternal aunt is an important figure in her life and also an inspiration for the entire album.

Gaga said: “I realized my father's sister Joanne, who'd died at 19, had instilled her spirit in me. She was a painter and a poet – and I had a spiritual vision I had to finish her business."

Gaga has called the song "the true heart and soul of the record." Joanne is also one of Gaga’s middle names.

Release

Digital release

Joanne Piano version cover Label: Interscope
Format: Digital
Released: January 26, 2018
Catalog #: N/A
Barcode: None
Photography: Collier Schorr
Design: N/A
# Name Time
1. "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)" (Piano Version) 4:39

Release history

Country Date Format
It Italy December 22, 2017 Contemporary hit radio (Album version)
Globe-green Worldwide January 26, 2018 Digital download (Piano version)

Live Performances

Calendar Dates Show Television Channel Globe-green

Tour Dates Performances

Lyrics

Take my hand, stay Joanne
Heaven’s not
Ready for you
Every part
Of my aching heart
Needs you more
Than the angels do

Girl
Where do you think you’re goin’?
Where do you think you’re goin’
Goin’, girl?
Girl
Where do you think you’re goin’?
Where do you think you’re goin’
Goin’, girl?

If you could
I know that you’d stay
We both know
Things don’t work that way
I promised I
Wouldn’t say goodbye
So I grin
And my voice gets thin

Girl
Where do you think you’re goin’?
Where do you think you’re goin’
Goin’, girl?
Girl
Where do you think you’re goin’?
Where do you think you’re goin’
Goin’, girl?

Honestly, I know where you’re goin’
And baby, you’re just movin’ on
And I’ll still love you even if I can’t
See you anymore
Can’t wait to see you soar

Girl
Where do you think you’re goin’?
Where do you think you’re goin’
Goin’, girl?
Girl
Where do you think you’re goin’?
Where do you think you’re goin’
Goin’, girl?

Take my hand, stay Joanne
Heaven’s not
Ready for you
Every part
Of my aching heart
Needs you more
Than the angels do

Girl
Where do you think you’re goin’?
Where do you think you’re goin’
Goin’, girl?
Girl
Where do you think you’re goin’?
Where do you think you’re goin’
Goin’, girl?

If you could
I know that you’d stay
We both know
Things don’t work that way
I promised I
Wouldn’t say goodbye
So I grin
And my voice gets thin

Girl
Where do you think you’re goin’?
Where do you think you’re goin’
Goin’, girl?
Girl
Where do you think you’re goin’?
Where do you think you’re goin’
Goin’, girl?

Honestly, I know where you’re goin’
And baby, you’re just movin’ on
And I’ll still love you even if I can’t
See you anymore
Can’t wait to see you soar

Girl
Where do you think you’re goin’?
Where do you think you’re goin’
Goin’, girl?
Girl
Where do you think you’re goin’?
Where do you think you’re goin’
Goin’, girl?

Call Me Joanne
Xo Joanne
Xoxo Joanne

Music video


Joanne (Piano Version)

Joanne (Piano Version)

Premiere date January 26, 2018
Director(s) N/A
Fashion director Tom Eerebout at Haus of Gaga
Choreographer N/A
Director of photography N/A
  1. Lady Gaga wears a maxi gown by Ossie Clark, and sunglasses by Hilton.
  2. Lady Gaga wears a catsuit and blazer by Saint Laurent, accessories by Alexander McQueen, and a hat by Gladys Tamez.
  3. Lady Gaga wears a blazer, jeans and boots by Saint Laurent, a scarf by Guy Laroche, and a hat by Gladys Tamez.

Credits

Written by Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson
Produced by Mark Ronson, Lady Gaga and BloodPop®
Recorded by Joshua Blair and Dave Russell, assisted by David "Squirrel" Covell & Johnnie Burik at Shangri-La Studios, Malibu, CA Us
Justin Smith & Joshua Blair at Pink Duck Studios, Burbank CA Us
Mixed by Tom Elmhirst and assisted by Joe Visciano & Brandon Bost at Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY Us
Mastered by Tom Coyne and Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound, New York NY Us
Track Participants Mark Ronson — Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Mellotron Strings
BloodPop® — Keyboards, Rhythm Track for GenPop Corp.
Lady Gaga — Percussion
Harper Simon — Guitar
Published by
  • Stefani Germanotta P/K/A Lady Gaga (BMI) Sony/ATV Songs, LLC/ House of Gaga Publishing, LLC / GloJoe Music Inc. (BMI)
  • Imagem CV/Songs Of Zelig (BMI) (Songs Of Zelig administered worldwide by Imagem CV)

Piano version

Written by Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson
Produced by Lady Gaga, DJ White Shadow, Nick Monson & Mark Nilan Jr.
Mixed by Benjamin Rice
Piano Mark Nilan Jr.

Reference

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