"Swine" is a song written by Lady Gaga and produced by DJ White Shadow in 2012 from ARTPOP. It is an electro house and dance-pop song that also displays elements of Europop and dubstep. The instrumentation is described as infectious pumped-up synthesizers. She revealed the song title during an interview through V with Marina Abramović. Gaga has posted photos that reference the song on Little Monsters. Some of the illustrations and photos Gaga uploaded revealed lines from the song. On August 17, 2013, Gaga dubbed her iTunes Festival performance, 'SwineFest', as a reference to the track. The song was registered onto Gaga's BMI on February 14, 2014.

Background

A dubstep and industrial track, "Swine" was inspired by the Lady Gaga's sexual experiences and the rage she felt from being raped when she was 19 by an unidentified record producer twenty years older than her. In December 2014, Lady Gaga revealed on The Howard Stern Show the meaning of the song. She also confirmed that the incident further inspired "Swine".

I wrote a song called 'Swine.' The song is about rape. 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. (...) I went through some horrific things that I'm able to laugh [at] now, because I've gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years. My music's been wonderful for me. But, you know, I was a shell of my former self at one point. I was not myself. To be fair, 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 naive. (...) I wasn't even willing to admit that anything had even happened (...) I saw him one time in a store, and I was paralyzed by fear.

Lady Gaga on The Howard Stern Show

Lady Gaga talked about the meaning of the song and its importance for her in the track-by-track ARTPOP commentary on Sirius XM.

This is actually a very personal song on the album, and it is about some of the more troubling, and challenging, sexual experiences I had earlier in my life, and it’s really kind of an angry, emotional, song where I’m sort of screaming and squealing throughout the track; and I’m trying to make fun of it, and turn it into a dance song as it’s all happening, but inevitably you arrive at this chorus, where, you really feel a sense of gravity in the middle of the song. I say, [lyrics from "Swine"] “I know you want me / You’re just a pig inside a human body / Squealer, squealer, squeal out, you’re so disgusting / You’re just a pig inside / Swine.” And then I sing “swine,” over and over again, in this really, intense kind of emotional voice. This song was really important for me, it was like an exorcism; and the groove and the beat is just so so hard, and it’s so so thrashing, and it’s so so chaotic; and, it’s such a release for me whenever I play it, I just start banging on these drums and start screaming and squealing and, I love this record.

Lady Gaga on Sirius XM

Performances

Dates Location City Country

Tour Dates Performances
artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball 2014 (All Dates) 79
Total of performances 79

Lyrics

Hush up
Don't speak, don't wanna hear another
(Not another word from you)
You're just an ani-
-Mal trying to act real special
(But deep down you are just a shrew)

Maybe I should have a little more just to stay out of my mind
'Cause it's when I'm not thinking with you that I act like a swine

Act like a swine
Act like a swine

I know, I know, I know, I know you want me
You're just a pig inside a human body
Squealer, squealer, squeal out, you're so disgusting
You're just a pig inside

Do ya? I know, I know, I know you want me
You're just a pig inside a human body
Squealer, squealer, squeal out, you're so disgusting
You're just a pig inside

Swine
Swine
Swine
Swine

Swine
Swine

Be that, hog sweat it you
You squealer
(Let your body jiggle)
Slap her skin-he
Love to watch her ass go wiggle
(It's the feel of ecstasy)

Maybe I should have a little more just to stay out of my mind
'Cause it's when I'm not thinking with you that I act like a swine

Act like a swine
Act like a swine

I know, I know, I know, I know you want me
You're just a pig inside a human body
Squealer, squealer, squeal out, you're so disgusting
You're just a pig inside

Do you, I know, I know, I know you want me
You're just a pig inside a human body
Squealer, squealer, squeal out, you're so disgusting
You're just a pig inside... swine

Swine
Swine
Swine
Swine

Swine

Paint your face, and
Paint his face and catch the beat
Paint your face, and
Paint her face and catch the beat
Paint your face, and
Be a swine, just catch the beat
Bump the weekend
Catch the beat
Ca-catch the beat
Ca-ca ca-ca-catch the beat
Ca-catch the beat

Swine

Trivia

  • The song is included in the documentary, The Hunting Ground, which documents the lives of young people affected by rape, and which premiered on January 23, 2015, at Sundance Film Festival

Credits

Writers Lady Gaga, DJ White Shadow, Dino Zisis and Nick Monson
Producer

DJ White Shadow and Lady Gaga

Co-producer Dino Zisis and Nick Monson
Recording by Dave Russell at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA Us.png
Additional recording Daniel Zaidenstadt at Record Plant
Assistant recording Benjamin 'Ben' Rice and Daniel Zaidenstadt at Record Plant
Mixed by Tony Maserati at Mirrorball Sudios, North Hollywood, CA Us.png
Mixing engineering by Jon Castelli
Assistant mixing by Justin Hergett
Additional mixing by Dino "Speedlove" Zisis
Additional programing by Rick Pearl
Background vocals Nicole Ganther, Natalie Ganther and Lyon Gray
Background vocal arrangement Lady Gaga
Union contract administrator Ivy Skoff
Mastering Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering, Burbank, CA Us.png
Published by
  • Sony/ATV Songs LLC / House of Gaga Publishing LLC (BMI)
  • Maxwell and Carter Publishing, LLC (ASCAP), administered by Universal Music Publishing Group

References

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