The Rilke Quote tattooed on Lady Gaga’s arm
          

Lady Gaga has had her left arm tattood, which can be prominently seen in her new “Telephone” video, since August 2009. She got it in Osaka, Japan on a midnight tattoo run when she was in the country getting Hello Kitty photographs taken.

The cursive script is a Rilke quote, a poet who Gaga calls her “favorite philosopher.” It’s written in German, Rilke’s language, but translates in English as:

“Confess to yourself in the deepest hour of the night whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. Dig deep into your heart, where the answer spreads its roots in your being, and ask yourself solemnly, Must I write?”

Some claim this is just dribbling German romanticism, but anyone who’s ever come to a crossroads in life where you are forced to choose between two things knows that there’s something too this type of melodrama. Sometimes it is the only thing. There are many kinds of death we endure in our lives before our heart stops beating, it doesn’t mean that you will stop breathing if you don’t do what you dream of doing, or what makes your feel the most at home in the world. But part of yourself does get packed up and forgotten.

Lady Gaga may mean something a little more literal, she may really think that she may die if she does write music or wear artsy-fartsy clothing, or inspire the devotion of millions (maybe billions?). During many of her onstage performances she collapses to the floor and tells the audience that she’s like Tinkerbell, and they must applaud to make her live.

UPDATE Here’s the finished product snapped at 2 a.m. at a recording studio in West Hollywood August 12, 2011:


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    • http://www.magicksandwich.org kathcom

      What a beautiful quote. I admire Lady Gaga. She puts all of herself into her art; she is her art.

      • David

        Lady GaGa is a servant of the devil and is leading millions upon millions of those we cherish most of all, who we would lay down our lives down to protect, straight into the pit of Hell. Parents that condone this type of foolishness, need to realize that their children’s ETERNAL soul is at stake. Will God send a child to Hell? Unfortunately yes. If that child denies the gift of salvation through “are you ready for this?”, Jesus Christ… Lady GaGa has a mock crucifixion during her stage show, she performs near nude, jumping into the crowd to be sexually fondled by her fans. Yeah, that’s what we as parents want our children to emulate. Really? I pray for Lady GaGa. Hell is hot, Hell is real and Hell is eternal.

        • Josh

          you little sh|t, im christian and i love lady gaga.

          f**k you,

        • Carter

          You my friend are stupid. And music will not send a child to hell….end of discussion. You are a parent, thus showing you are not a clean soul anymore because of sexual temptation. Hell is hot, hell is real, and hell is eternal. I hope you have fun there :)

        • Scarlett

          Now, there’s over 20 million people standing in Gaga’s line, and a significantly smaller amount in yours. Who’s going to hell?

        • Don

          David says:
          January 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm
          Lady GaGa is a servant of the devil and is leading millions upon millions of those we cherish most of all, who we would lay down our lives down to protect, straight into the pit of Hell. Parents that condone this type of foolishness, need to realize that their children’s ETERNAL soul is at stake. Will God send a child to Hell? Unfortunately yes. If that child denies the gift of salvation through “are you ready for this?”, Jesus Christ… Lady GaGa has a mock crucifixion during her stage show, she performs near nude, jumping into the crowd to be sexually fondled by her fans. Yeah, that’s what we as parents want our children to emulate. Really? I pray for Lady GaGa. Hell is hot, Hell is real and Hell is eternal.

          LOL, David, you’re a dumbass. If making sure the world if fit for EVERYONE makes her the servant of the devil, then she’s his right arm woman. Get a clue David.

        • Ryan

          well said all who disliked David’s comment. i do believe everybody is entitled to an opinion but when that opinion involves putting down an group of 20 million people who you could never don’t know anything about your right to voice your opinion should be reconsidered. i have no tolerance for narrow minded people who believe all who are different than them are a lower grade of human. murderers, rapists, and others who do things that violate the the rights of others are put in a different category so there is a double standard to my argument but for an obvious reason. Lady Gaga has made one of the greatest positive impacts the world has ever seen so to deem her as a servant of the devil who is leading millions upon millions of those we cherish most of all, who we would lay down our lives down to protect, straight into the pit of Hell is ludicrous. if listening to this wonderful woman’s music will send me to hell then I guess I will see you there.

        • Liam

          Well sorry but if your “God” send’s innocent children to hell then what sort of morality is that? It’s like me walking along and stabbing a child because the bot jesus! works both ways really…everyone is entitled to their own opinions and their own beliefs. Its not up to ANYONE to push their beliefs to anyone!!! so f**k off searching for gaga and wank over your god, yeah?!

        • LittleMonster

          If your so smart then how come in The Book Of Mark it says that the kingdom of Heaven is welcome to anyone wtih a spirit of that of a child…
          Just because she has good morals does not give you the right to talk trash about her. Lady Gaga is a very religous peson. It may not seem like it sometimes, like int the song Judas, or Bad Romance, but you have to go deeper into the song. Lady Gaga has Publically said the true meanings to all of her songs.

    • GEEE!

      I LOVE LADY GAGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    • http://? AntiGaga

      SHES A MAN !! A BIG FAT MAN

      • shaniqua

        dont hate ok GAGA is a beautiful singer and she always suprises you with something new like her hair or clothes so instead of hateing on her , appreciate herr more

      • Rket

        If you hate her so much then stop stalking her… haha.

    • Noelle

      i love u GAGA! ur the best<3

    • little gaga

      i loveeeeee her i know everything about her even what time she was born including seconds and im meeting her in feb i got back stage bass for her consurt (my mom works at msg)i have 200 pics of her in my room SHE ROCKS I LOVE HER

    • Alexandra

      GaGa is the best in everything….Love her so much…

    • rinae

      AntiGaga you’re just a ignorant fool

    • http://ghadaghribi@yahoo.fr Lady Gada

      I love you Mommy Monster <3

    • googoo-4-gaga

      Love her crazy style!! Absolutely incredible GaGa!!

    • EthericBliss

      Wow, sheeple will literally (and illiterate) follow someone right off of a cliff… lemmings anyone?? I love how these “people” are thrown in front of everyone and add a little publicity (by the ones who own them) a touch of sensationalism (in this case a LOT… heh!) and a dash of push the envelope. POOF! Now we have a “star.” They’ve gotta knock them around a bit (in the media) to keep their career going but that is just an excuse to give them a “break” or to “bring them back.” How in the hell can someone devote do much of their time knowing about someone else WITHOUT knowing Half as much as they do about themselves??? This is ONLY a part of what is happening with this “global governance” (give y’all a little bit of bread and circuses and instant droooooling). For the “parents” that allow their children to watch blood sacrifices on the television what can I say? You literally leave me speechless. As for the “adults” that worship this stuff, well you leave me speechless as well. Don’t get me wrong, good music is good music, it’s just the “worship” that I see that scares me. Watch almost ANY interview with these people (“artists?”) and when asked they will all tell you something to the effect that it’s not “them” up there on stage, it’s like something comes [takes?] over them and they “perform.” Anyway, my 2-cents on this whole drooling over a “person” and who or WHAT are you really worshiping up there? Wow, sheeple will literally (and illiterate) follow someone right off of a cliff… lemmings anyone?? I love how these “people” are thrown in front of everyone and add a little publicity (by the ones who own them) a touch of sensationalism (in this case a LOT… heh!) and a dash of push the envelope. POOF! Now we have a “star.” They’ve gotta knock them around a bit (in the media) to keep their career going but that is just an excuse to give them a “break” or to “bring them back.” How in the hell can someone devote do much of their time knowing about someone else WITHOUT knowing Half as much as they do about themselves??? This is ONLY a part of what is happening with this “global governance” (give y’all a little bit of bread and circuses and instant droooooling). For the “parents” that allow their children to watch blood sacrifices on the television what can I say? You literally leave me speechless. As for the “adults” that worship this stuff, well you leave me speechless as well. Don’t get me wrong, good music is good music, it’s just the “worship” that I see that scares me. Watch almost ANY interview with these people (“artists?”) and when asked they will all tell you something to the effect that it’s not “them” up there on stage, it’s like something comes [takes?] over them and they “perform.” Anyway, my 2-cents on this whole drooling over a “person” and who or WHAT are you really worshiping up there? No, I am not a “hater” you have so much more of my pity than anything…

      • Jack

        There are so many grammatical mistakes in your comment. When you learn how to spell, THEN you can attempt to talk shit about Lady gaga.

      • Liam

        Also if your gonna bitch and moan about Gaga…don’t quote her songs! I’ll leave you speechless when you SHOW ME YOUR TEETH!!! on the floor :)

    • audrey quatre

      lady gaga i like the way u act in every video…and almost all yur style hair,dress,and big shoes wow every impressed…***LOVE LADY GAGA***

    • newyorkdoll:)

      wat a beautiful quote! god i love lady gaga and her music, she’s such an inspiration! she teaches us to love ourselves and be proud of who we are..that’s wat her song, born this way is all about…her music isn’t just something u put on the radio to listen to orsomething u play in a club to dance to , each of her songs have meaning, and a beautiful story to tell…i dont get y some people hate this woman?? y? because she defends gay people? because she loves her fans to death? she loves them so much that she’s even collapsed of exhaustion many times while performing on stage..she workds her ass off to provide kickass performances for all her little monsters regardless on whether she feels sick, or tired…so really people? y the hate? because she’s wierd? because she dresses in strange clothes? because she’s different from many pop singers? this woman is not only a generous and loving person, but she’s a really good role model damn it! this woman will go down in history, she’s gunna be a legend one day! o wait i forgot she already is:) and u just can’t deny the fact that she’s 1000000000 times better than madonna i say this cuz i’ve seen gaga’s live shows, and i’ve heard madonna sing and clearly i don’t need to bash madonna just to say gaga’s better..just compare thier voices…and u’ll see who’s better! haha i just find it so pathetic that gaga haters go on websites that talk about gaga just to insult her i mean come on..really? y don’t u all go get a life and do something useful with your ignorant selves ok ? i’m done buh-bye !o and i don’t give a damn if some random idiot wants to disagree with me cuz i don’t plan on arguing with haters over the internet:)

    • Sainly Germanotta

      <3 GaGa !!!

 

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