Song of the Day #3,924: ‘Shallow (Live at the Oscars)’ – Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga

I’ve been tied up with the latest Decades series for the past few weeks, so I never got a chance to chime in on the Oscars. Don’t worry, that ship has sailed, and I don’t plan to revisit this year’s Academy Awards at this point.

But I did want to take a minute to acknowledge one of my favorite moments from the ceremony: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s performance of ‘Shallow.’

A Star is Born left the festival season last fall as a critical darling and an early Academy front-runner. Some critics speculated that the film could be the first since Silence of the Lambs to win Oscars for Actor, Actress, Director and Picture.

Then the film started losing momentum, with Lady Gaga failing to earn a widely-predicted Golden Globe for Best Actress and writer-director Bradley Cooper facing snubs left and right. The final indignities for Cooper were his failure to earn a Best Director nomination from the Academy and his loss of the ‘Best Director – First Feature Film’ award from the Directors Guild.

By the time the Oscars rolled around, the film was a shoo-in for Best Song but a long-shot in all of its other categories.

That was the backdrop of this performance of the song, which Cooper directed. And in just three minutes and change, he reminded me of what was so great about A Star is Born in the first place — namely, the beautiful intimacy of its first hour or so. I also salute the nerves of steel required to walk onstage in front of a full auditorium and millions of home viewers to sing a ballad when you aren’t actually a singer by trade (Lady Gaga, of course, can do this sort of thing in her sleep).

This performance relaunched a million speculative comments about a rumored love affair between the two performers, and hilarious posts like this one on YouTube: “Best actress award goes to…. Bradley cooper’s girlfriend for acting like she was ok with this.”

[Verse 1: Bradley Cooper]
Tell me somethin’ girl
Are you happy in this modern world?
Or do you need more
Is there somethin’ else you’re searchin’ for?
[Refrain: Bradley Cooper]
I’m fallin’
In all the good times
I find myself longing for change
And in the bad times I fear myself

[Verse 2: Lady Gaga]
Tell me something boy
Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void?
Or do you need more
Ain’t it hard keepin’ it so hardcore?

[Refrain: Lady Gaga]
I’m fallin’
In all the good times
I find myself longing for change
And in the bad times I fear myself

[Chorus: Lady Gaga]
I’m off the deep end
Watch as I dive in
I’ll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface
Where they can’t hurt us
We’re far from the shallow now

[Post-Chorus: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper]
In the sha-ha-sha-ha-low
In the sha-ha-sha-la-la-la-low
In the sha-ha-sha-ha-ha-low
We’re far from the shallow now

[Bridge: Lady Gaga]
Ooooo aahaaa ooou (s)
Ooo ouo oooo haaaa (s)

[Chorus: Lady Gaga]
I’m off the deep end
Watch as I dive in
I’ll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface
Where they can’t hurt us
We’re far from the shallow now

[Post-Chorus: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper]
In the sha-ha-sha-ha-low
In the sha-ha-sha-la-la-la-low
In the sha-ha-sha-ha-ha-low
We’re far from the shallow now

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,924: ‘Shallow (Live at the Oscars)’ – Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This was definitely a highlight performance at the Oscars. The song deserved the win, but the Academy was right to otherwise bypass the film.

  2. Amy says:

    This was one of my highlights, as well, though I wasn’t as big a fan of the film as you were. Still, you have to seek out Howard Stern ranting against the way this performance was directed, having no idea Cooper directed it. He couldn’t be more hilariously off base, but I laughed so hard I cried. Find it; you’ll have no regrets. 🙂

  3. Peg says:

    I wasn’t a fan of the movie or the song. I did enjoy their oscar performance though and I really like these two performers so was happy they had their moment

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