This song does not deal with the elements of war or social protest; rather, it associates freedom mainly with teenage women. It’s about a girl in an emotionally abusive relationship with her boyfriend and whenever she tries to improve herself, he will always put her down and calls her a “mess” and a “tramp.” When she is away from sight from her boyfriend though, she feels free to be herself and not have to deal with his criticism. Hence, that is where this song got its time “Dance in the Dark.” After all, men in the past used to have the upper hand in dealing with abuse with their wives: calling them names and beating them.
This is different the other song I posted because it is not about peace and war. It talks about freedom in direct relation to society as whole. In this case, Lady Gaga sings that women have the right to their own body and self-esteem, not the guy in the relationship. Music in society has shifted to sound more tuneful, but relate to the majority of the whole by dealing with mainstream aspects.