By Radio.com Staff
In a recent Radio.com interview, Lady Gaga opened up about the inspiration behind one of the bonus tracks on her new album, Joanne. “Grigio Girls” was inspired by a longtime friend and the song hits very hard.
“One of my best friends, Sonja, who has been with me since I was twenty-three years old, she has metastasized cancer in her lungs and in her brain. It’s stage four. And it’s really hard: it’s hard to watch, it’s hard to witness, it’s hard to know what to say. But I love her so much, and it’s so important that we continue to do research to find a cure.”
“I wrote a song about her on the album, it’s about how me and all of our girlfriends would get together and cry without her when she’s not around, because we love her so much. We just want to be strong with her.”
“The lyric is, ‘Sisters never pack up, we always run back, love/Seven years ago I said you’d make it Sonja, was Joanne’s friend, tough girl’s on the mend, so when I’m feeling small, I toss that cork, and call.’
“Grigio Girls” has a message that many women can apply to their lives: “The song is about womanhood and sticking together and encouraging one another and teaching each other that it’s ok to cry together and need one another, and that we can’t do it alone.”
(The above video debuted at CBS Radio’s We Can Survive concert at the Hollywood Bowl in California, earlier tonight [October 22]).
To her fans — or anyone — battling cancer, she has some advice, taken from the experience of watching Sonja’s fight: “I would say to use her as an inspiration, and tell you that I have watched her fight every day, trying to laugh, and go every moment with the biggest smile on her face of hope and faith for the future.”
She adds: “I feel connected to you, even though I don’t know you, because I know her.”
To read stories from other inspiring women who have battled cancer, see “Survivor Stories,” part of CBS Radio’s programming around our annual We Can Survive event, which you can learn more about here.