From Mind Control to Superstardom: The Meaning of Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night”


The music video “Marry the Night” tells the story of Lady Gaga’s rise to fame in the entertainment industry. Oddly enough, her “journey” begins with her describing the symptoms of a trauma-based mind control victim. Is there a deeper meaning to this video? We’ll look at the symbolism of “Marry the Night” and its underlying occult meaning.

Lady Gaga generated a great buzz among her fans when she announced that the video to Marry the Night would reveal a part of her past. Did her fans expect the video to begin with a traumatized Gaga inside a psychiatric ward with a bunch of lobotomized girls? Probably not. But from that strange starting point, the video proceeds to depict Gaga’s rise to super-stardom. How does all of that tie in together? To most, this doesn’t really make any sense. However, to those who understand the relation between trauma-based mind control and the entertainment industry, it makes perfect sense. While many of her previous videos referred to mind control in subtle and symbolic ways (see previous articles on Vigilant Citizen), Marry the Night takes it a step further, pretty much spelling it out. At the very start of the video, Gaga’s monologue defines in unequivocal terms the plight of a mind control victim. Despite her hardships, she says, she is determined to make it in the music business and is ready to do whatever it takes to reach her goal. She therefore “marries the night”, an expression that has a profound meaning.

The video is Lady Gaga’s directorial debut and, according it is basically a “big thank you” to Interscope Records – the record label that signed her. This is definitely true but the video also says thanks to those behind her record label: the “Night” that she married. Let’s look at the video’s most important scenes.

In the Psychiatric Ward

The intro of the video shows Gaga as the patient of some kind of psychiatric ward. While laying on a stretcher that is pushed by two nurses, Gaga describes the way she perceives reality. Affected by a violent trauma, Gaga escapes into her own world to be able to go on. The mental dissociation that is described by Gaga is in direct accordance with the purpose of trauma-based mind control, the basis of Monarch Programming (see the article Origins and Techniques of Monarch Mind Control for more information). Monarch programming uses various methods, including violence, drugs and abuse to induce violent trauma and cause the victim to dissociate – a natural defense mechanism of the brain. The fracture of the personality that results from the process is then exploited by the mind-control handlers to program within the subject’s mind new “alter” personalities. This is also described in Marry the Night, as Gaga creates a new persona to obtain superstardom.

The process also causes the victims to have huge memory gaps when recollecting the past. In during the intro of the video, Gaga describes how a victim of Monarch programming would perceive reality:

“When I look back on my life, it’s not that I don’t want to see things exactly as they happen, it’s just that I prefer to remember them in an artistic way. And truthfully, the lie of it all is much more honest, because I invented it. Clinical psychology arguably tells us that trauma is the ultimate killer. Memories are not recycled like atoms and particles in quantum physics. They can be lost forever. It sort of like my past is an unfinished painting and, as the artist of that painting, I must fill in all the ugly holes and make it beautiful again. Its not that I’ve been dishonest, it’s just that I loathe reality.”

Gaga basically says that she went through trauma that was so horrific that it caused her to dissociate from reality. Since she cannot cope with the true nature of her existence, her psyche has “filled in all the ugly holes” and created an inner-world where she can escape and survive mentally. This is exactly what happens with MK slaves, who, while dissociated into their fantasy world, get programmed by their handlers. Gaga then proceeds to describe how her dissociated mind perceives her surroundings.

The nurses wear their caps in a “stylish” way because we are seeing Gaga’s dissociated perception of reality

In Gaga’s reality, the nurses are wearing “next season Calvin Klein” and she is wearing Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. Also, the nurses’ caps are tilted to the side like Parisian berets because she thinks “it’s romantic”. So what we are seeing is not reality, but Gaga’s perception of reality that has been distorted by trauma. Since she loves fashion, the fashion world is integrated in her mental escape to make reality bearable. The premise of this scene is very similar to the movie Sucker Punch (analyzed in the article entitled “Sucker Punch” or How to Make Monarch Mind Control Sexy), where a young patient of a psychiatric hospital dissociates from reality before getting a lobotomy.

Lobotomies also appear to be happening in Gaga’s ward. As she arrives in her room, we notice that it is filled with brain-dead girls with bandages around their heads. This hints that Gaga’s “institution” deals with mind control-related stuff.

On her bed, Gaga speaks with a nurse – who also happened to have delivered her when she was born. This is rather odd (for many reasons) but confirms that Gaga’s existence has been under tight control since her youth. Is this bit part “autobiographical” or fiction? Hard to say.

Something happened to her back

When Gaga turns around, her back reveals that something awful happened to her. The nurse tells her “No intimacy for two weeks”, which hints to the fact that the trauma might of been of a sexual origin. She nevertheless tells the nurse that “she’ll make it” and that “she’ll be a star” because she has “nothing left to lose”. In other words, the trauma she suffered left her lost and empty but that hole can be filled by her two obsessions: fame and success.

The Metamorphosis

After the depressing hospital scene, Gaga is in her apartment when she gets a phone call from her manager announcing that she’s been dropped by her label. She replies “But I’m an artist!”, as if artistic integrity is the top priority of record labels. She then loses it and goes into a topless frenzy involving Cheerios and smudged makeup. The messy scene is juxtaposed with images of Gaga gracefully dancing ballet – as a “true artist”. The two scenes are diametrically opposed yet have noticeable similarities. The ballet scene ends with Gaga topless and crying, indicating that both scenes happen at the same time: One in real life and one in her head.

Gaga topless and crying, like in the apartment scene. This represents how Gaga perceives herself, yet she is rejected by her label.

In the next scene, Gaga is in the the tub, accomplishing a significant task: Dying her hair blonde. Her new alter-persona is being created, the one that will become a pop star.

The transformation from Stefani Germanotta to the alter Lady Gaga symbolized by the dying of her hair blonde. She is beginning to do what is needed to make it in the entertainment industry – A shallow alter-ego that will do what is required by record labels. While she’s doing this, she’s humming “Marry the Night”, something she is actually beginning to accomplish here.

Once the transformation is complete, Gaga says goodbye to her ballet company (were they the ones that were lobotomized earlier?). The “true artist” is gone and the superficial diva is born. The camera stays on the art of the room for several seconds, probably due to its symbolic meaning. (the scene was shot at Snug Harbor Cultural Center in NY).

As the camera pans, we see several interesting things. At the top of this shot is Poseidon, the king of Atlantis with his trademark pitchfork. Although he was probably painted there because the shooting location is a harbor (a nautical place), the god takes another meaning in the context of the video: Poseidon is an important figure in the occult elite’s mythology as he is the king of Atlantis, the place where the Mysteries have originated from. Under Poseidon is a lighted star similar to the Blazing star found in Masonic lodges. Underneath the star is written “The Cross is My Anchor” – a Christian saying – but in reverse. I am pretty that the phrase is not actually written in reverse in Snug Harbor. Why was the image flipped? Does this represent Gaga’s spiritual shift as she “Marries the Night”?

The camera then pans to the room’s oculus (a circular window at the apex of  a dome) with a sun as the pupil of the “eye”. The oculus transitions into a full moon. As the scene turns from day to night, Stefani disappears and Lady Gaga emerges.

Marrying the Night

Most music sites say that Marry the Night is about going out, partying and having fun in New York city. But, as it is often the case with Gaga’s works, the symbolism and the imagery of the video hints at a deeper, more ritualistic meaning. As we have seen above, Gaga is passionately fueled by her drive for success and she appears to realize that the key to make it in the industry is: Initiation. Or, in more sinister terms, selling one’s soul.

In the context of the video, the expression “marry the night takes an almost metaphysical connotation. Marriage is a religious ritual, a binding association between two people. What does it mean when one marries the night? It can mean associating with people who deal in the dark: the occult elite (those we call the Illuminati). It can also signify embracing one’s own flaws and “dark side”. In all cases, there is a definite sense of “rebirth” in the process. And, that’s what we see: A blond Lady Gaga (the alter of Stefani Germanotta) emerges from a Trans-Am dressed in black.

Gaga then goes to “Pop Star Training”. No more ballet, it’s all about doing cool, hip, music video choreography now.

“Yeah, that’s how you need to dance if you want to be on MTV. Go back there and keep doing it”.

Once her training is complete, Gaga is ready for the “big time”. She becomes a glamorous diva and dances what is almost a parody of MTV music videos.

With her cool shades and fashionable backup dancers, Gaga now has what it takes to be a product of the music industry.

We are then treated to a video montage of Gaga living the highs and lows of stardom, complete with gigantic hats, bathroom stall door slamming action and emotionally instability. However, all of this crap pays off: Gaga gets signed to record label.

When you “Marry the Night” (or sell your soul), the doors of the music business magically open. Gaga gets an appointment with Interscope Records.

The video ends with an odd and ominous scene:

In this fiery scene Gaga is dressed in red – the color symbolic of sacrifice and initiation. She is wearing a Paco Rabane hat that is fashionable and symbolic: it completely hides her head. It is owned by the Night now.

Gaga’s live performance on X Factor also exploited the theme of headless-ness in a rather graphic way.

The setting of Gaga’s performance on X Factor emphasizes on the underlying occult meaning of the song. The full moon, the torches and the religious imagery play on the spiritual significance of “marrying the night”. Gaga began the song with her head literally chopped off, a perfect way to describe what figuratively happens to industry pawns.


In Conclusion

Although many describe Marry the Night as a “new direction” for Lady Gaga, the video still exploits her favorite theme: The price of fame. The intro of the video is basically a introductory course in trauma-based mind control, where she describes how dissociating allows her to cope with reality. As the artistic brunette turns into a blonde diva, the Lady Gaga alter-ego is created, one that will do what is required to make it in the music business. The most important requirement is “marrying the night”, which is a poetic way of saying “selling one’s soul” and associating with the dark side. Gaga had to deny everything she previously was to become a brand new person. Therefore, beneath the fashion and the dancing, the video hides an underlying ritualistic theme, as the death of a ballet dancer gives birth to an MTV pop star. From the broken girl who had nothing to lose to international superstar, it took a marriage with the dark side to turn things around. But at what cost? The final scene of the video, complete with hellish fire and a sacrificial red dress tells volumes.

In the grand scheme of things, despite her apparent originality, Gaga brings to the youth a message that is very similar to other pop stars: “Mind control is cool, everyone is doing it” and “Submit to the dark side and you’ll get what you want”. But when things get scary and the night becomes an abusive husband, asking for divorce won’t be an option. Ask Princess Diana.



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What solution? I love when people gripe about no one coming up with a "solution" to the millenia-old elitist control structure. There IS no solution in the current paradigm. You MUST allow the current paradigms to destroy themselves before rebuilding. This is not a defeatist attitude, it is a realistic viewpoint. What are you going to do? Love them out of their positions of power? Get a majority of the "masses" to start loving and forgiving them, trying to break into their top-security castles to give mass-hugs and hold love rallies? Be sure that absolutely NOTHING would change from a violent reaction to them. 5 billion people uprising in violent revolt, stringing up the elite would only create another violent, control structured world. Violence begets violence, never forget this. You cannot "love them" out of their positions of power, either. These people are a group of inbred, death cultists who… Read more »

she is mind controlled like other pop stars like Britney Spears but this article is diffrent

There are many artists that have tried to share their knowledge and expose Illuminati occult influences. Stanley Kubrick being one of them (6 Days after Eyes Wide Shut he was murdered), and Gaga is one of them. We have to understand something here, that MK victims are just that, victims. Like all victims, there is a path and a choice to make as to where you will go once you have accepted the fact that you were abused. The video shines some light on her acceptance on her abuse and depicts very clearly what has happened to her. She is not a mindless puppet that has no idea she is being controlled.This was part of her "coming out" and since then you can actually see a change in her music/videos. Don't get me wrong, she still does whatever she wants to shock the crowd, however she is no longer a… Read more »

Exactly, at last something smart that shows how all of us are abused but have a choice between being a victim or not.
I chose not to be one, and I think it is the best way to respond to so much bullshit and ignorance from them.
Stop complaining and you will have a much happier life, wanna try ?

PS : I totally share your vision about the former US President. The evil doesn't come from muslims, and I am saying it as a Christian. That is the example of a big lie, if you want one, …

Or the video could simply mean that she does not want to acknowledge reality. I mean, who exactly WANTS to experience reality for what it truly is? If you're trying to "expose" people (if that's what it is that you think you're doing), then why not expose the thousands of authors that encourage blurring the lines between reality and fantasy (including mythological writers as well, such as Homer, and, one could argue, the writers of the Christian Bible itself)? I mean, Goethe, Shakespeare, and Dante all play with the disconnection between reality and fantasy because no human who has had anything traumatic happen to them actually wants to experience life in and of itself. Gaga here got denied by her label, had a breakdown, and pulled her s**t together, got out there, and tried again. The hospital was not full of lobotomized girls; it was full of traumatized girls who… Read more »

I totally agree with you on this. Thanks for your comment !

all people should be aware of this stuff… especially keeping in mind that mostly lady gaga's and similar mtv watchers are children… it makes me angry …. this stuff should be banned and all directors put to justice. 🙂

MTV doesn't care about what children are watching, or how much people are becoming uneducated. Let's not lie to ourselves. Why will they ever be brought to justice ? Because it is criminal, … No, because they have succeeded in making people believe that the real crime was worshipping satan. And it has worked out so well that people do not even accuse them of creating wars and poverty. Because they are. It is all because of the devil if you follow the logic, a logic that is not even Christian, … It doesn't matter if what they do is wrong, the devil is there behind it, and it is enough to explain injustice, because it is easier to put the blame on the devil than real men. No need to do so, because now people are more concerned about what the next celebrity magazine will invent about their favorite… Read more »

I think that what gaga has showed in the video deserves applause instead of severe critism,alittle critism is always allowed though. In the video,she says she has nothing to loose and what would you do if you had nothing to loose? there is no way i can blame and start judging her for what she does. I mean if you look at life,you dont have much choice,you either marry the night or stay in your room alone with self pity which will take you nowhere. I guess if i was in her shoes,i would do the same,its a matter of putting yourself in someone's shoes to really know and understand what they are going through instead of judging and going to conclusions without fully understanding the root cause of everything.


Great comment, I totally agree with you. It sure looks like a grown up vision to me 🙂

Of course, I don't disagree that there are definite religious symbolism all over pop culture. If you want to find out who is behind it then look toward the people behind it. What kind of person are they, and what influenced the art that they create? Artists feel the need to express their subconscious (which is a primitive part of our brain that contains many elements, usually gods and goddesses – the masculine and feminine aspects of our psyche). This is expressed through art, and the medium for that can be anything. The conspiracy element of it is the fear that we are being controlled. There are brands everywhere coercing you to consume. It's all about money, honey. Why do people want money (take for example, the very wealthy)? Because they want to live lavishly, and also consume. You see, we all want the same things. There are the suckers… Read more »
Really????seriously??? Why are u guys making such a big deal about this ? I'm a Christian and I LOVE lady gaga , she so talented and kind hearted and always try to make things better. I admit some of her creations are pretty odd but why people have to go to the extreme and say she worships the devil >.> she is fricken awesome. FOR ALL THE FELLOW CHRISTIANS THAT THINKS SHES "evil" *rolls eyes* , God loves LADY GAGA and I (I as in us ) with no end, everyone has a purpose and GOD MADE US WHO WE ARE, if ur a Christian who thinks she's evil , aren't u contradicting ur selves ? Seriously if u forgot that we are made in his image, then I think u better drop that bible in the nearest church and never go back.i mean , if u can't accept people… Read more »

Vigilant you see Gaga as an artist who is expressing the story of one who has made it in this industry. The illuminated are not famous. Just cause a person will sing and dance to a tune in order to rake in the bucks–doesn't mean they are illuminated. Gaga is not talking about her career because in my view–gaga doesn't have much to do with the content of her own work. THAT is what a puppet is. Don't go calling Gaga a puppet in one case and accuse her of revealing a hidden truth about HER experience in another case. Either she is a puppet OR she is an artist.

Most of you are truly oblivious.

Do you not see she is exposing all of this information ON PURPOSE? She knows her fans are smart and will uncover the symbolism, she is not trying to hide what she did. She's telling the truth.

She sold her soul. I think she should be praised for being so open over it.

I used to hate Lady Gaga because of her bizarre outfits and weird makeup but everything changed when I watched her live performance on Youtube. She didn't do any Illuminati symbols at all! All I could see were Gaga and her piano. She is very talented and different. To be honest, I disagree with this kind of accusation saying that she's in the Illuminati society. All her music videos may have some weird stuff shown but she was a student of theater school ! To me , it's all about her creativity. So funny to learn that an OK gesture is actually one of the symbols! I always do that with my friends. Dear VC, although me and Gaga are two different religions, I pray to my God everyday. This MK Ultra thingy has never come into my head and gets my brainwashed. Neither me and my friends is brainwashed… Read more »


You seem like a sweet kid. No one is saying Gaga is controlling YOU. Gaga is controlled by leaders of the music industry. Leaders that have hidden agendas and have taken over the business, using it to INFLUENCE you and desensitize you. The use catchy beats and high fashion to glamorize and sell sell sell. However it's more than music they're selling. They know kids just wanna have fun and be carefree and you can be, just don't idolize and imitate oversexed pop stars that make "darkness" inviting and fun. Know where to draw the line.

I tend to think that perhaps Lady Gaga is a symptom of the Apocolypse … not like you might think, though …. but, as part of The Revealing …….. the awakening of our true given indiviuality …. and not so subtlely, exposing the occult nature of elite control systems … she is driven, talented, has a powerful voice, well crated songs with thoughtful lyrics, talented musician, visually stunning art direction, trumpets individual pride and self-esteem, and presents such an obvious statement on how we are controlled … and it ain't by us ….. and that we should take our 'born this way' self and realize the masterful gift of our individuality …. "Don't be like me, be like you." Mayilyn Manson

You did not explore the lyrics at all. I think there is a lot of hinting at the social revolution.

"I'm gonna burn a hole in the road. – Leave nothing on these streets to explode."

Daniel has a point. You should also examine the lyrics VC.

Now (2015), Gaga showed her real black hair, (swinefest), wears it openly sometimes.,,have a different manager, said she is now out of the box, and not controlled by people in the business,. She also give emphasis to the fact that she is an artist, not just acelebrity. Does it mean she survived MK and that she is now free from mind control and people behind it? I hope to get an answer.

She has always been free and speaks much more openly about her and her life than the majority of artists i know. There is probably no simple answer but you can see it as a point of view. It is amazing how people lost interest in her when she stopped being so trash, even if they are criticizing her for it. I just find it hypocrit.

hi. I've been reading your articles for about two days now and I've loved every single one of them. but I have a question. is this only happening in American? I mean the mind control and everything

Hi shirin,
It is unfortunately worldwide I am afraid, …

I actually think her videos are are quite cool and creative to say the least. So what if she's a pawn,aint that her problem

She sold her soul to a Satan for a fame.

You guys are absolutely insane. I came to this article by accident and after seeing these comments, I'm ashamed this site is in my browser history. Not everything's so "occult symbolism." Seriously, Gaga is a great artist with amazing vocal ability. God definitely blessed her, and I think He did so because she spreads such love and compassion…something this world needs. God loves everyone, that includes Gaga whom has been incredibly blessed by Him.

I totally agree with you, this is what I am trying to make them understand.

How can anyone watch this and NOT see that she is possessed?? So sad that so many people idolize her and yet don't see what she had to pay in order for "her" to be where she is now. And I say "her" with quotations because it isn't really her anymore, it's a demon in her figure and she just has to be the puppet.

Hello sofia, I understand why you think she is a puppet, but I do not agree with you at all. Let me explain why : As far as I know, she is a performer and a political activist who wants to change society. She probably knows better than anybody else how show business is above all based on profit. She never accepted to go by the rules but because she is a smart girl and knew she didn't have the choice, she decided to play with those rules in order to avoid them. This is not new and lots of artists have done the same in order to avoid censorship before. She uses lots of irony in her songs, and this is clearly to not be understood literally. She is making fun of people who claim to be christians but do not act as such. And remember that christians are… Read more »

So I'm curious, does Lady Gaga know that she's programmed, a mk slave? And likes it? Because from my understanding, mk slaves do not know they've been programmed.This video is so blatant, how could she not know?

Probably because she is not programmed, she is so ironic about all this !

Incredible bit by bit breakdown of this terrifying video, thank you. But I still do not get who these videos are aimed at !! If they are revealing the truth then surely the record lables would not allow them to be financed… ? If they are a cry for help….why be subtle or speak in riddles? She has the attention of millions why not speak out? I am lost and am the only one in my family who is awake, so I feel very alone. I want to embrace the love in all of us and put away my morbid interest of the dark side, i.e. Bohemian Grove, possible existence of Reptiallians, the evils of Hollywood, Mk Ultra, Monarch Programming etc ,but first I just need to answer a basic question… why do they need to torture celebrities to get these symbols and messages across? Why are the symbols so… Read more »

She isn’t speaking out. She’s glorifying the process making it seem sexy and desirable. Subliminal messages are her aim. Make this whole thing seem okay to the public so that it will eventually be accepted.

Is it me, or does she resemble Amy Winehouse?

VC, I came across your site a few years ago when Gaga's Born This Way video dropped, and literally scared the s**t outta me, so I investigated its symbolism and found you. I hadn't looked much more into it until recently some FB friends have been sharing a video of Beyonce's Super Bowl performance where a narrator describes all the occult imagery involved. (Perhaps you can look further into that.) Anyway the point of this comment is to look back on what we perceived as so many obvious signs, as a result that the elite really are shoving it in our faces at this point to desensitize us. However some time after this single dropped I noticed no more of her singles were getting new radio airplay, and no more videos. I really love that album despite what many consider occult messages in it, and there are some seriously fantastic… Read more »

the Illuminati exist & that's a fact. V.C, i'd appreciate it if you could give me tips on possible Nigerian celebrities who are in the Illuminati… would appreciate that….

I think that the scene where it shows her back is symbolising her spine being taken out.