When did we first hear about Lady Gaga's "Born This Way"? It seems so long ago. Ah, yes, September, when she took to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards clad in meat and celebrated her Video Of The Year victory by tossing off a few lines from the song. (Which were then remixed.) And then a few weeks ago, right after getting people excited with a German-language track she put together for her stylist/pal Nicola Formichetti, she delighted bored-at-work types with a Web scavenger hunt for the lyrics to the track. It was scheduled to drop on Grammy night... until, oh, two hours ago.

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Yes, a whole two days earlier! Hold the telephone! One has to wonder what exactly made Gaga yank this particular leash. Maybe she's bored? Perhaps she felt one-upped by Britney Spears' seconds-per-day leak of her video for "Hold It Against Me"? Or could this all be some sort of counterintuitive plot so that we're all really surprised when the song somehow leaks... later this afternoon? Quick, everybody! To Google!