By Amanda Wicks
Compared to the up-tempo exclamation that was Lady Gaga’s first single “Perfect Illusion,” she gets quiet but no less emotional on her new track, “Million Reasons.”
Gaga premiered the song when she performed at her first dive bar gig last night (October 5) in Nashville as part of the Bud Light x Lady Gaga Dive Bar tour. Now, listeners can hear the song for the first time in its entirety.
Co-written with Hillary Lindsey, who’s behind some of the biggest hits for country artists like Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town, “Million Reasons” is a heartbreaking look at the nearing end of a relationship and one partner’s plea to stay. Played with an acoustic guitar and showcasing her honest, raw vocals, “Million Reasons” is a far cry from the songs that elevated Gaga to fame over the years.
“I bowed down to pray, I tried to make the worst seem better/ Lord show me the way to cut through all this worn out leather/ I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away/ But, baby, I just need one good one to stay,” she sings on the chorus. The song has a hint of country about it, but Gaga’s powerhouse vocals keep things in the pop realm.
Both “Perfect Illusion” and “Million Reasons” appears on Gaga’s upcoming album Joanne, which drops October 21.