When you interpret art…you base your interpretation on your own knowledge base and experiences. Therefore, you as an individual will perceive the art in your own unique way. This interpretation of the Marry the Night video is my own perception and may not reflect Gaga’s intended message. Art is like a puzzle, riddle, or game to play/decipher. I enjoyed the experience.
I will simply summarize the video on a “Big Picture” scale then go into more detail. In the beginning of the video…Gaga has a breakdown, but instead of accepting defeat…she reaches deep inside and reinvents herself. Everyone knows the expression, “If at first you don’t succeed”…yada… yada. She achieves success through a spiritual belief in herself, hard work and overcoming many additional obstacles. She arises from the ashes of her past to be reborn a powerful Phoenix. She learns to accept and utilize the positive/negative or light/dark within herself to achieve success. She balances herself (Yin & Yang).
Now, the fun is in the details.
You can interpret the beginning of Gaga’s video where she is rolled into the clinic in many ways. The clinic possibly represents the Catholic Church which is very amusing…because it looks like a mental ward where all the women are wandering around like they’ve been lobotomized. The nurse snatches a cigarette out of Gaga’s mouth which makes me think of how religious authorities often punish/repress what they consider sinful behavior. (LOL. Christians please don’t feel offended! Remember…it’s my interpretation and I happen to think most organized religions throughout history have brainwashed women into believing they are insignificant, weak and powerless. It’s really hard to be a superstar when you feel that way.)
She’s different than the other women. Maybe because they got the Gummy Bears and she got the knife…lol. Many people take the easy route in life…gummy bears (ignorance) over the knife (enlightenment).
Notice Gaga’s bed is special. It has a cross at the foot of the bed and her pillow has a cross in the center of a circle. This symbolizes the marriage of the spiritual world and the material world. It can also mean the balance of positive/negative forces within us. Unlike the other women… she has recovered and will be released. Her psyche is balanced between the spiritual and physical realms.
Now after Gaga is taken back to her apartment she receives a phone call where her Record Label drops her. Now, this is where I think Gaga reaches deep down and finds her true spirituality…her true power. She goes through a battle between fantasy and reality where in her fantasy she is a unique ballerina…graceful, pure, serene…pretty little fairies flying around and the reality…where she lies naked in a small apartment…broken. So, she finds her anger (negative/dark emotion) and she throws a tantrum…throwing her vinyl albums around, breaking mirrors, and wearing Cheerios. (Note: Cheerios are round representing the circle…symbol of eternity (no beginning, no end). The circle also can represent the feminine force of the divine.)
While all this is happening…the ballerina fantasy turns darker. She falls to the floor at the feet of other ballerinas with the anguished realization that the other ballerinas look just like her.
At this point, Gaga sits in a bathtub of water and reinvents herself. It is a rebirth or baptism for a new life. She bleaches her hair blond and changes her style as is referenced in the next scene.
She dresses in a flashy denim outfit and looks a lot like Amy Winehouse with blond hair. Her attitude is reminiscent of Amy as well. All the other dancers in the room look down on her from the second level of the building and she just does “what any girl would do,” and gestures for them to “suck it or blow her.” (I seriously enjoy Gaga’s humor.) She is confident and refuses to let them hinder her or make her afraid. She states, “You may say I lost everything, but I still had my Bedazzler.” She understands that to be a celebrity, you have to use charisma and magnetism to Bedazzle (enchant, enthrall, fascinate, mesmerize). That takes energy and confidence fueled by a strong belief in your abilities. She has plenty of magnetism…having her Sun in Aries and her Moon in Scorpio.
Gaga’s outfit is covered in bright silver stars. The Star is an ancient symbol…and can be traced back to the beginning of civilization. Four of the points represent the elements of the material world (earth, water, fire, air) and the fifth point represents the spirit within this world. She is a deeply spiritual person and uses that spiritual strength to control her material existence. I could go more into the symbolism of the building, but this is already getting lengthy.
The next fantasy scene has Gaga hanging upside down breaking into a black Firebird Trans Am while cars burn in the background under a full moon. (Note: Firebird/Phoenix symbolizes rebirth.) She is dressed in black clothing resembling armor…her body smeared with soot and grime. She seems to have gone through many battles/vehicles looking for the right vehicle to transport her to success. (Now… I can get far out here and say the vehicles represent past lives and the Trans Am is her present incarnation…just a thought).
As she falls into the Trans Am and slides into the drivers seat…she finds an eight track and kisses it before putting it into the player. She seems to have finally found the right vehicle. This represents her reinvention by using a 70’s/80’s vehicle (musical influences). The Trans Am’s headlights are on…which might mean she is now enlightened and knows where she is going. Another interesting thing I noticed was the Pontiac GTO right beside the Trans Am. She doesn’t destroy this car. It just sits there driver-less with the lights on. I’m not sure what this car represents…maybe this is the next vehicle she’s planning on trying out. The Trans Am is a Pony class car and the GTO is a Muscle car. (I’ll have to think this one over.)
But anyway…she is going from one car to the next looking for her perfect ride. It’s interesting to note that the Trans Am has a New York tag (ABZ 4052) that equals 22/4 in numerology. This is a master number and represents the Master Builder. People born with this number are highly creative, natural leaders, and work hard to achieve their dreams. They also have a desire to bring greater good to all. I wasn’t surprised to find that Gaga is indeed a 22/4. Other famous Master Builders are Bill Gates, Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, J. D. Rockefeller III and the list goes on.
Now the video shows Gaga entering the dance studio where she gets her groove on and even gives another androgynous dancer gentle assistance and a kiss. Because of her experiences, she wants to uplift other people so they can triumph over their own fears.
Next… the video flashes back and forth to different scenes from dancing on the Trans Am to sloshing around naked and wet in the bathtub. Gaga warrior (fire) represents the male side of her and naked Gaga in the bathtub (water) the female side of her. She has embraced both. (Note: We all have masculine and feminine qualities…it makes us stronger if we can balance those qualities.)
The next scene is another group dance scene in the street reminiscent of the 80’s.
Then there are a series of almost faster than the eye can detect scenes with the bathtub scene, her lugging her keyboard around, falling down stairs, warrior Gaga pouring gas on cars, ballerina Gaga, having problems with the door in the bathroom stall, dropping cigarettes, and trying to enter the backseat of a car with a huge hat on. I think she speeded this part of the video up to indicate how fast that period of her life went. It was a whirlwind that ended in the backseat of a limo with a reminder written on her hand for an interview at Interscope Records…which was the beginning of her success.
Now the last image is of her sitting or floating in a red dress amidst an inferno. Her face is covered by a blue satellite hat. I suppose this could mean that she is receiving power from the spiritual realm which has enabled her rebirth into a new life just like a Phoenix that arises from the ashes of past experiences.
I actually have much deeper thoughts on this video in relation to spiritual ideas…but I’ll just save those thoughts for now.