It's been a while since we've had a new music video for Lady Gaga -- but "Applause" is finally here ... and it's weird!

The whole thing starts out fairly normal by Gaga standards, but by the end of it she's dancing around with her lady bits covered by small sea shells ... and then transforms into a swan.

Yep, Gaga's back.

The song is the first single from her upcoming album, "ARTPOP," which is due out November 11.

She's scheduled to perform the song live during the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards this coming Sunday -- and, if it's anything like the video, it'll be one bizarre experience. 

What do you think of the new clip? Sound off in the comments below! 

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