“Joanne” (also known as “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)”) is a song recorded by American singer Lady Gaga, for her fifth studio album, also called Joanne, in 2016.
It was released as the album’s third official single on December 22, 2017 in Italy, and a piano version followed in the rest of the world on January 26, 2018. The track was written and produced by Gaga and Mark Ronson, with additional production from BloodPop. Inspired by the singer’s late aunt, Joanne Germanotta, the song became a focal point for the musical direction of the album. Gaga intended the song to have a healing effect for those dealing with loss.
Musically, it is a country song with stripped-down acoustic composition. The lyrics talk about Joanne’s death from the point of view of Gaga’s family. The track was complimented for Gaga’s vocals and the personal, stripped-down nature of the composition. Prior to being released as a single, “Joanne” had minor chart placements in France and the United Kingdom. A music video was released to accompany the piano version of the song, which continued the loose storyline set in the previous videos for the album. The song has been performed on Gaga’s Joanne World Tour and was featured in her 2017 documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two.