Lady Gaga: ‘I’m on a Freedom Ride to Myself’

US singer and musician Lady Gaga presents a creation during the Thierry Mugler Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 ready-to-wear collection show on March 2, 2011 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/Francois Guillot (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: FRANCOIS GUILLOT/2011 AFP

Lady Gaga explained to the New York Times that she "doesn't like ... to be so literal all the time," which is why sometimes her work "goes over people's head a little bit." She also explained the shoes she wears, what she apparently thinks a freedom ride is, and how she feels about the Summer of Sax.

On not wanting to hook up with producers: "Because I'm only here to be a writer, to be a superstar, I don't need your California sushi roll, you know what I mean?"

On portraying herself as half woman, half motorcycle: "I am endlessly transforming and riding, and I am the vehicle for the voice of my fans, for the voice of my creativity, and I'm always on a freedom ride to myself."

On wearing pre-fame boots: "I think someone tried them on, tried them on for me to see if they would slip on a floor somewhere, and they said, there is no [expletive] support in your shoes — how are you doing this every night? And I just shrugged my shoulders. I mean, my success has happened so quickly that I sometimes don't remember to ask questions like, could we get some support in these shoes and have them rebuilt?"

On her contribution to the Summer of Sax: "The coda is full-out. It's so sexy, and it's like the sax is singing for me, I don't need to sing, I just need to throw on an emerald green dress and twirl around on a street corner."

On how she spends her time: "I could be in nightclubs every night hanging out with celebrities but I'm not."

""Q&A With Lady Gaga on Her 'Freedom Ride'" [ArtsBeat/NYT]