3 Songs You Didn't Know Lukas Nelson Wrote for Lady Gaga – American Songwriter




Lukas Nelson, the 34-year-old son of iconic country music star Willie Nelson, is a burgeoning solo star with his group Promise of the Real. He’s also an accomplished songwriter for other artists, including the big-name pop star Lady Gaga.
Nelson worked with Gaga and movie star Bradley Cooper to help co-write songs for the 2018 Oscar-winning film, A Star Is Born, which introduced Gaga as an actress on the world stage. Below, we dive into three songs that Lukas helped write for Gaga to shine on the silver screen.
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Written by Lady Gaga, DJ White Shadow, Lukas Nelson, Nick Monson, Mark Nilan Jr.
This 2017 song was co-written by Gaga, Nelson, and others ahead of the 2018 movie, A Star Is Born. It was inspired by various tragic global events of the time and the lyrics have to do with the power of love. On the song, Gaga sings,
If I can’t find the cure, I’ll
I’ll fix you with my love
No matter what you do, I’ll
I’ll fix you with my love
And if you say you’re okay
I’m gonna heal you anyway
Promise I’ll always be there
Promise I’ll be the cure

Written by Lady Gaga, DJ White Shadow, Lukas Nelson, Nick Monson, Mark Nilan Jr., Aaron Raitiere
This song, written for Gaga’s character Ally, is one of adoration for Jackson—her male counterpart in the movie, played by Bradley Cooper—who is helping her realize her dream of becoming a music star. In the movie, Ally and Jackson fall in love as they collaborate together. And with that as the background, Gaga sings on the song co-written by Lukas,
Life is so simple
A little boy, a little girl
Laughing and loving
Trying to figure out the world
It felt like summer
When I kissed you in the rain
And I know your story
But tell me again

Nothing you say wouldn’t interest me
All of your words are like poems to me
I would be honored if you would take me as I am

Written by Lady Gaga, DJ White Shadow, Lukas Nelson, Nick Monson, Mark Nilan Jr., Aaron Raitiere
Also from the movie, A Star Is Born, this song is all about how hard life can be, but amidst all that hardship, look what she’s found, a person who loves her. Gaga (as Ally) sings about the portion of her luck that is good, as she’s found Cooper (Jackson), who is devoted and only wants the best for her. Sings Gaga,
When I met you I was blown to pieces
Heart all over the floor
Ever since you put me back together
I can’t believe it, can’t believe it, uh

Look what you found
Yeah, baby
Look what I found
Somebody who carries around a piece of my heart
Look what I found, woo

Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT
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