On the Edge of Glory, The Real Story

Another shot before we kiss the other side
Tonight, yeah baby, tonight, yeah baby
I’m on the edge of something final
We call life tonight, alright, alright

Put on your shades ’cause I’ll be dancing in the flames
Tonight, yeah baby, tonight, yeah baby
It isn’t hell if everybody knows my name

 It is the story of a couple’s love ending in this realm and moving into eternity. It is the story of Lady Gaga’s grandmother watching her husband (Gaga’s grandfather), the love of her life die in front of her. They had been married for many years, and were completely devoted to each other. She held him, gave him her love and care for the last time. And then let him go. Lady Gaga, and her grandparents believe, that their love will continue in Heaven.

It was so interesting to hear Gaga speak so passionately about the love that her grandparents felt for each other. She is so incredibly family-oriented. She’s quirky, funky and weird. But her music speaks to me. It was nice to hear her speak in a recent ABC interview about this song. That it wasn’t about two lovers getting it on for the first time. It went so much deeper than that. I knew I liked her for a reason. I think she’s brilliant, bold, funny, and fiery. She’s not beautiful, but that’s okay. In her own way she is. When she sings, she is. And when I heard her explanation for writing this particular song, I loved and admired her even more. The next time I heard the song after the interview, I was awestruck by the words. They took on a completely different meaning. I identified with it even more.

I am a woman that has been married for over 23 years to a man that is ten years older than me. I know that I will one day stand on my Edge of Glory with him. Unless I get some terminal disease, or get hit by a bus, he will most likely die before me. I know that I will stand on the Edge of Glory, hold him close, and send him home. I don’t fear death much anymore. It’s because of Roger, and the life we’ve lived. He’s taught me not to fear it. He’s taught me that life is to be celebrated. So I will stand  on that Edge, I will hold him for as long as I can, and then I will let him go. For I know that when it is my time to crossover, he will be waiting for me, to love me for eternity.

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