Tuesday, September 10, 2013

If Lady Gaga Really Lives for the Applause, Then She Isn’t Living for Much

“I stand here talking for you to bang the gong
“To crash the critic saying is it right or is it wrong
“If only fame had an IV
“Baby could I bear being away from you?
“I found the vein; put it in here”

That’s the first verse of Lady Gaga’s newest song, “Applause.” And here’s the chorus:

“I live for the applause, applause, applause
“I live for the applause-plause
“Live for the applause-plause
“Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
“The applause, applause, applause”

Now I could write an entire article about the trend of over-repetitiveness in song lyrics today. From Rihanna squawking “shine bright like a diamond” five billion times in her four minute song, to Selena Gomez purring “When you’re ready come and get it” over and over and over again, to Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt,” which pretty much says that and nothing else…

But let’s forget about the sad lack of creative genius amongst our lyricists and focus instead on the actual words Lady Gaga chose to represent, if not write in the first place:

“I live for the applause.”

According to her message, applause is more important than questions of morality and appropriateness. In fact, applause is the sole reason for existence.

Which is one giant and very dangerous lie.

If applause was the sole reason for existence, then most of us would have killed ourselves a while back. Because, let’s face it, us “little people” get overlooked and undercut on a weekly and even daily basis. And we certainly don’t hear people clapping for us and screaming our names.

For the sake of fairness, however, let’s say that Lady Gaga never meant her message to be societally-inclusive. Let’s say the song is all about her. We mere mortals aren’t supposed to “live for the applause.” She’s literally singing about herself and nobody else.

Even so, Lady Gaga is setting herself up for a very big, very rude awakening. She probably experiences smaller versions of such on a daily basis, since it’s impossible to find somebody to stroke your ego – the way she apparently needs in order to face each day – 24-7.

Worse yet, fame only lasts so long, kids. One day, the in-crowd will applaud someone else.

Lady Gaga will fade from glory, as every star eventually does. And what will she do then when societal affirmation is all she lives for?

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