"Weird Al" Yankovic's "Perform This Way" lyrics only version (2011)The above parody of Lady GaGa's "Born This Way" ("Perform This Way" by "Weird Al" Yankovic), which was uploaded to YouTube earlier today by "Weird Al" himself, will never officially/commercially be released because when the parody artist requested permission from Lady GaGa he was given a firm "NO." He was also given the runaround for several weeks after GaGa insisted he first supply the lyrics (which he did) and then insisted he supply the final recorded masters of the song (which he also did). Read the engaging full story on "Weird Al" Yankovic's blog under the entertaining title The GaGa Saga.
However, since the blog was published earlier today Lady GaGa jumped defend her case and denied that she had rejected the parody of her song. As reported by TMZ around noon today, "sources extremely close to the singer tell us, "There must have been a misunderstanding because [Gaga] is in no way trying to block the release of the parody..."She's busy touring and hasn't heard the song yet. Her manager hasn't had a chance to play it for her yet. She's a huge Weird Al fan." This TMZ report was news to Weird Al, who wrote a follow up blog, GaGa Update, that began with, "Well, this was been a strange day."
As the reigning king of pop parody for 30 years, it is generally considered an honor to be parodied by Weird Al, whose satire is always good humored and never mean, so it was just as well Lady GaGa had a change of heart. The irony of course is that in this digital age (the same digital age that helped propel GaGa to worldwide fame, and no doubt alerted her to this viral diss) if the song had not been approved it could have become as much, if not more, of a hit since it will spread virally -- especially after "Weird Al" does the full video version of "Perform This Way."