Lady Gaga's hit single "Alejandro" is one of the most frequently discussed in terms of meaning of the song itself and the accompanying music video. Lady Gaga stated that "Alejandro" is about her, "Fear of Sex monster." She has also said the song is a farewell to former boyfriends. "Alejandro" is said to represent fashion designer Alexander McQueen. "Fernando" is said to be producer Fernando Garibay, and "Roberto" is Rob Fusari, one of Lady Gaga's first producers and musical collaborators. Musically, "Alejandro" has strong connections with the music of Ace of Base and ABBA. The name "Fernando" alludes to the classic ABBA hit of the same name.
The music video for "Alejandro" was directed by fashion photographer Steven Klein. He told MTV that the music video was, "about a woman's desire to resurrect a dead love and who can not face the brutality of her present situation." Lady Gaga has said the clip celebrates and admires gay love and represents her wishing to be with her gay friends even if they do not wish to be with her.
The imagery in the music video for "Alejandro" has led to a wide range of occult interpretations. The clip is filled with religious imagery that can be seen as being blasphemous or representing evil. The images include a funeral procession, inverted crosses, Lady Gaga ingesting a rosary, and militaristic dancers.