Lady Gaga fans know to expect the unexpected. Though she wasn’t wearing a meat dress or incubating in an egg during her performance at Bill Clinton’s “Decade of Difference” concert Saturday, the Mother Monster changed the lyrics from her signature hit “Bad Romance” to “Bill Romance,” alluding to the collected crushes of countless American women when the former president took office 18 years ago.
“Tonight I just thought we all would get caught up in a little Bill romance,” Lady Gaga told her audience, repeating the phrase several times in the song’s opening.
Bill, along with wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea, seemed to enjoy the show, and even laughed when Gaga personalized the tune.
The performer used her song “You and I” to almost glorify the Clintons, singing, “Sit back down where you belong in the Oval Office with your high heels on / sit back down on the couch where we watched you charm the whole world and the country … Somewhere, something about this place, somewhere about American eyes when a Clinton makes us all feel safe / Somewhere, something about a cool, Arkansas guy, yes, something about Hilary, Billary — that’s your new celebrity name — to the Clintons, you and I.”
The “Decade of Difference” concert drew together the “most influential and socially responsible artists” to recognize the work former President Clinton and his foundation have done since he left office. Clinton’s organization has also drawn criticism for not being transparent with its funding, especially during the period of time when Hillary Clinton was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination.