"Angel Down" is a ballad written by Lady Gaga, as a response to the shooting of a young man named Trayvon Martin. The 17-year-old was shot by George Zimmerman in 2012. In 2012, it was also the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. This song was the first single from Gaga's fourth solo album Joanne.
The song was co-written by Lady Gaga and frequent collaborator RedOne. Originally, the song was going to be produced by Mark Ronson. But Gaga said that she wanted to make the songs carry more meaning, and she decided to take a more organic approach.
In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 radio, Gaga revealed that the song was written specifically to honor Trayvon Martin. She said she felt like she needed to speak up for him. As she was writing the song, she struggled with being a white woman who was commenting on black issues. However, she realised that she had a unique voice that could help the cause.
"Angel Down" was originally co-produced by RedOne and Mark Ronson. It was released as the lead single from Gaga's fourth solo album, Joanne, in October. It was subsequently featured on her world tour. A deluxe edition of the album includes an alternate version of the track, called Work Tape. It features rawer vocals and a higher key.
The song is a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. It is a mid-tempo ballad, and it has a grand melody.