Lady Gaga in the video for "Born This Way"
03/25/2011 at 08:00 AM EDT
Is pop's current queen just a cowgirl at heart?
With her second studio album due for release in May, Lady Gaga
is crossing genres with a "Country Road Version" of her hit "Born This Way
," which she debuted via Twitter
, co-produced by Gaga with Fernando Garibay, turns a club-ready beat into a more stripped-down, drawled-out ballad, and, in true Gaga fashion, she even takes a break from the usual routine with one new verse: "If we want it make it country, baby, it's okay/'cause I was born, I was born, I was born this way/from London, Paris, Japan, back to U.S.A/I was born on the road, I was born to be brave."
With a few harmonica touches, the reborn, country-fied tune goes where Gaga, 24, has never gone before – not an easy feat for the pop star known for her off-the-chart antics
. And while pop and country are no strangers in the music industry – think Taylor Swift
, LeAnn Rimes
– we don't know if we'll ever adjust to seeing Gaga sporting cowgirl boots