"If we want it make it country, baby, it's okay/'cause I was born, I was born, I was born this way/from London, Paris, Japan, back to U.S.A./I was born on the road, I was born to be brave."
So in the original song, "Born This Way" was widely interpreted as a gay anthem, considering her shoutout to "gay, straight, or bi / lesbian, transgendered life" and the repeated mantra, "Don't be a drag, just be a queen"). Not only is the country version of "Born This Way" really fun, trading the synth echoes and thumping disco beats for harmonica interludes, electric guitar twang and down-tempo percussion, but it can easily be seen as an anthem for the good ol' U.S.A.
Perhaps Lady Gaga was just having fun when she released the song, which is primed for an old-fashioned hoedown. But maybe she was also trying to prove a point by saying that pride extends beyond all different walks of life, from gay youth crusading against intolerance to country music fans.
Sure, Gaga was born and bred in the middle of liberal metropolis New York City, but it's nice to see that she can go out on a limb and turn a gay anthem into a source of pride for the same people who may feel ostracized for their taste, background and location. Why should anyone feel weird about loving two ladies: Gaga and Antebellum? This is America, dammit, land of the free, home of the brave! Raise your iPods and rejoice, for we are one people, and our beloved forefathers would argue that, yes, we were born this way.