Warning: The song contains thinly veiled sexual lyrics which are not suitable for children.
Christmas Tree by Lady Gaga featuring Space Cowboy is a Christmas song of sorts in a way only Lady Gaga could make one – catchy, repetitive, and sexual. The lyrics are here and instead of summarizing the track any further, let’s go right into the lyrics and discuss what they mean.
Gaga begins the song by singing, “Light me up with me on top let’s falalalalalalala / The only place you wanna be is underneath my Christmas tree.” What is she saying here? Well, the first part is pretty straight forward – she’s saying “Let’s Faa………have sex.” The entire rest of the song really points back to the fact that she’s asking to have sex by using Christmas imagery. She wants whoever she’s singing to, to be under her. Let’s continue. She sings, “Ho ho ho under the mistletoe / Yes, everybody knows / We will take off our clothes/ Yes, if you want us to we will.” Yes, Virginia, Lady Gaga is talking more about sex using Christmas imagery. Let’s do it under the mistletoe she says in this verse. I mean, if you want to. She continues, “You oh oh oh Christmas / My Christmas tree is delicious / You oh oh oh Christmas / My Christmas tree is delicious.” What’s her “Christmas tree?” With how sexual the whole song it, I’m assuming it’s part of her body. Which part – up to you, the listener, to imagine.
After repeating this over and over again, she then says something new by saying, “Here here here / The best time of the year / Take off my stockings where? / I’m spreading Christmas cheer / Yes, if you want us to we will.” Once again, let’s get naked and “spread Christmas cheer” through sex. This is hedonism and, frankly, the wrong view of sex.
Sex was designed for marriage (Genesis 2:24, 1 Corinthians 7:8-9). One can only assume as Lady Gaga is unmarried that the people who are tasting her Christmas tree or falalalala-ing her are not her husband. Sex is a beautiful, amazing thing where two become one. God does not want us to be ashamed of sex, but to embrace it in a Biblically ordained manner, in marriage (1 Corinthians 7:3-5). It’s encouraged in the Bible inside of marriage. I mean, look at how Solomon talks about his wife’s body and how he wants to ravage her (see Song of Solomon). Sex outside of marriage, however, is rejected by the Bible (1 Corinthians 6:18). As Christ says, lust in the heart for a woman is adultery and sinful (Matthew 5:27-28). If that lust is sinful, of course the act of sex outside of marriage is sinful as well. For those who know Christ, we called to control our sexual urges, We are to keep them where they are a blessing – inside of marriage (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, Hebrews 13:4).
There’s really not much else to say about this song. It’s a catchy song you can dance to, but it’s incredibly shallow and crude. It, much like Pitbull’s Timber, is just a crude display of hook up culture. The difference? Lady Gaga is trying to make her worship of sex seem Christmas themed. But, sadly, she gets sex and Christmas all wrong.
Christmas isn’t about mistletoe and trees. It’s not about presents. It’s about Jesus (Luke 2:1-20). Lady Gaga seems to miss that point entirely. But, I wouldn’t expect much less from a woman who claims she wants to inspire people to worship themselves. Selfish idolatry is all the rage and fits in nicely with the song Christmas Tree.