Lady GaGa: Genius Songwriter? Or Full of CaCa?

Posted: February 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

One of my pet peeves about singer/songwriters is when they stretch the truth as it relates to writing lyrics – maybe a little bit of exaggeration, or maybe a plain old lie.  Truth is, can anyone, even lyrical geniuses like Dylan, really claim to write full song lyrics in under five minutes?  I find it hard to believe.  Songwriting, even if it comes natural to any musician, deserves a little more time – at least longer than it would take someone to brush their teeth and wash their hands. Seriously.

The new liar is Lady GaGa (yes, that’s her in the photo when she first hit the NYC scene).  I will be the first to admit that her tunes are catchy, but she’s nothing extraordinary.  Lady GaGa is essentially the poor man’s Gwen Stefani (is it strange that Lady GaGa’s real name is Joanne Stefani?) and she’s basically filler while Gwen takes her break and continues her motherly duties.  Digressing…

In the new issue of Rolling Stone (2.19.09), Lady GaGa shares that she was so inspired by her late night party life in NYC, that she woke up the following day and quickly penned lyrics to two of her songs.  Granted, her lyrics pale in comparison to the thought-provoking work of Fiona Apple, but can she honestly claim that she wrote these songs in 4 and 5 minutes?  You be the judge.

” JUST DANCE” – WRITTEN IN 5 MINUTES:

I’ve had a little bit too much
All of the people start to rush(start to rush by)
A dizzy twister dance
Can’t find my drink or man
Where are my keys?
I lost my phone

Whats goin’ on, on the floor?
I love this record baby but i can’t see straight anymore keep it cool
What’s the name of this club?
I can’t remember but its alright, a-alright

Chorus:

JUST DANCE!
Gonna be okay
Dada doo doot-n
JUST DANCE!
Spin that record babe
Da da doo doot-n
JUST DANCE!
Gonna be okay
D-d-d dance, dance, dance,just
J-J-JUST DANCE!

Wish i could shut my playboy mouth
How’d I turn my shirt inside out (inside out right)
Control your poison babe
Roses have thorns they say,
And were all gettin’ hosed tonight!

What’s goin’ on, on the floor?
I love this record baby but I can’t see straight anymore keep it cool
What’s the name of this club?
I can’t remember but its alright, alright

Chorus

When i come through on the dance floor checkin’ out that catalogue
Can’t believe my eys so many women without a flaw
And I ain’t gonna give it up, steady trying to pick it up like a call
I’m a hit up beat it up latch on to it until tomorrow yeah

Shawty I can see that you got so much energy
The way you twirlin’ up them hips round and round
And there is no reason at all why you can’t leave here with me
In the mean time stay let me watch you break it down

Chorus

Half psychotic sick hypnotic got my blueprint it’s symphonic
Halfpsychotic sick hypnotic got my blueprint electronic
Half psychotic sick hypnotic got my blueprint it’s symphonic
half psychotic sick hypnotic got my blueprint electronic

Go use your muscle car-ve it out work it, hustle!
Don’t Slow! Drive it clean it lysol, bleed it
Spend the last dough in your pocko~

Chorus


“POKER FACE” – WRITTEN IN 4 MINUTES:

I wanna hold em like they do in Texas Plays
Fold em let em hit me raise it baby stay with me, I love it
Luck and intuition play the cards with Spades to start
And after he’s been hooked I’ll play the one that’s on his heart

Oh, oh, oh
I’ll get him hot, show him what I’ve got
Oh, oh, oh
I’ll get him hot, show him what I’ve got

Can’t read my, can’t read my
No he can’t read my poker face
(She’s got to love nobody)
Can’t read my, can’t read my
No he can’t read my poker face
(She’s got to love nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)

I wanna roll with him a hard pair we will be
A little gambling is fun when you’re with me, I love it
Russian Roulette is not the same without a gun
And baby when it’s love if it’s not rough it isn’t fun, fun

Oh, oh, oh
I’ll get him hot, show him what I’ve got
Oh, oh, oh
I’ll get him hot, show him what I’ve got

Can’t read my, can’t read my
No he can’t read my poker face
(She’s got to love nobody)
Can’t read my, can’t read my
No he can’t read my poker face
(She’s got to love nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
(Mum mum mum mah)
(Mum mum mum mah)

I won’t tell you that I love you
Kiss or hug you
Cause I’m bluffin’ with my muffin
I’m not lying I’m just stunnin’ with my love-glue-gunning

Just like a chick in the casino
Take your bank before I pay you out
I promise this, promise this
Check this hand cause I’m marvelous

Can’t read my, can’t read my
No he can’t read my poker face
(She’s got to love nobody)
Can’t read my, can’t read my
No he can’t read my poker face
(She’s got to love nobody)

Can’t read my, can’t read my
No he can’t read my poker face
(She’s got to love nobody)
Can’t read my, can’t read my
No he can’t read my poker face
(She’s got to love nobody)

Can’t read my, can’t read my
No he can’t read my poker face
(She’s got to love nobody)
Can’t read my, can’t read my
No he can’t read my poker face
(She’s got to love nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(She’s got to love nobody)

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Comments
  1. Tracy says:

    Dude there ARE no lyrics, and the whole “stop giving me your poison/every rose has its thorn”? are we kidding here?

    I demand you rush to your CD collection and put this album in the microwave. It will spark and crackle, and that will be INFINITELY more interesting than this waste…

    Oh and the picture, the cliche “first days in NYC, sure I’ll take my clothes off for a dollar”!!

  2. mr fixit says:

    genius execution of lyrics. ive been in the record business a long time. anyone who doesnt think so is grossly oversimplifying and has no clue. did she write this in 5 minutes, my verdict is: NOT A CHANCE. perhaps the basics in a blind brain spurt, but surely this was revised and added to in the studio during production. otherwise it would have no control. also there is disconnections in the thought process between segments. that usually means it was not a continual flow of thoughts. youd have to be Bowie to churn something like this out in 5 minutes. and even he rewrote constantly.

  3. mr fixit says:

    “Lyrics by Lady GaGa and Nadir Khayat” well there is your answer. Nadir has years of hitmaking under his belt, not a novice by any stroke of the imagination.

  4. Dart says:

    Tracy…if your going to insult lady gaga’s lyrics at least get them right! And their written right above you! It’s, “Control your poison babe Roses have thorns they say,”.

    Also to respond to this whole thing, Lady Gaga is very talented !!…watch her performances live and acoustic especially her snl medly. Gwen Stephani is not like lady Gaga….they’re just two strong female performers. And if she says she wrote that in 5 min she could’ve been doing coke or something and your mind moves very rabidly on that stuff!!! So don’t hate because you are not as awesome as she is. You’ll see as her career continues…I bet you’ll be saying, “I loved gaga before anyone else did!”

  5. Spooky says:

    She’s no avante-garde, original type of genius. The music is generic dance/pop. Sure the hits are big, but aint that the biz. It’s mission is to deliver smash hit disposable pop tunes. That’s what she’s done. The only difference is, she (or her record label) decided to make her image the thing that drives her career. She tries to convince us she was always so flamboyant, when I’m sure we’ve all seen that video of her playing her piano in NY and looking quite normal. But alright, say we buy it, lest we forget there were people that did it before her, and did it better, anyone remember David bowie? Or Madonna? Although I think burning crosses and Black Jesus’s give us more food for thought than hair bows and nipple tape. I think her popularity is a result of kids that grew up watching MTV who are romanced by flash and flesh. But when you strip it down, its just another sexy blonde pop tart masquerading as some high-brow performance art in an attempt to take your money and she’s got everybody fooled. tisk tisk.

  6. Ernesto says:

    This is kinda stupid… those lyrics couldn’t be more simple, they’re all about having fun, and yes: both lyrics could have been written in less than 15 minutes.
    She probably said “I wrote them in five minutes” just to point that she wrote them very fast, don’t take everything so literally. If she says “OMG, the audience is killing me!” it doesn’t mean that she’s being murdered, you know? … -_- …

  7. JED says:

    I see that a lot of people say GaGa is a musical fraud are probably just jealous!!
    Any one PERSON who has created the BUZZ like she has has definatley got something between their ears!!
    I think that if she manages and is prudent and not self centered about her career– dodges the bad things like drugs, booz all the lovers etc. she could become the next Madona.

    Most of the writers and critiques of her work can not do anything that she does. Their only talent is finding something wrong with others.

  8. mts says:

    Listen to me! If you think that I am going to let you sit there and talk about a genius like lady gaga the way you are, then youre wrong. Maybe if you took a secnd to research your music then you will see that every song she wrote has a deep background side. Example? Poker face- her and her boyfriend were having relationship troubles because he wouldn’t express his feelings and she wrote this song to explain that their relationship was like a game of poker. Alejandro- this is lady Gaga’s fear of sex. She says “im not your babe” and “dont want to kiss, dont want to touch.” So Happy I could die- thw stage of alcholholism. she explains how when you become an alcoholic the club is your life but your life is a blur. bad romance- this is her telling her lover that all the things he is afraid to tell her are okay with her. That if he has an ugly side or his revenge, then she wants it, she wants all his love. papparazi- she figured that if she stages her own death then it will show the media what happens. Everybody always says the celebrity is killed by the fame, but dont they dont kill themselves. and last but not least, dance in the dark- she says that she is afraid… afraid to show herself. she puts in names like marilyn(monroe), judy(garland), sylvia(plath), princess diana,liberace,JonBenet Ramsey. All of these celebrities died horrible deaths. LOOK IT UO BEFORE YOU CAN POSSIBLY SAY ANYTHING!!!!!!!

  9. cody says:

    I stand by the belief that Lady Gaga or Gaga as she prefers to be called is a genius of sorts, not in traditional since admitting but nonetheless a genius, to prove this point just analyze any of her lyrics and you will find hidden messages and allusions from things such as pop culture to theology and almost everything in between. Did she write those songs in five minutes? Truthfully I cannot say, if I had to guess I would say no but then again who am I to call a perfect stranger a liar. Will Lady Gaga be the next Madonna? Only time can answer that question but everyone is seemingly hooked on her up beat, flashy songs and in my opinion rightfully so. Lady Gaga’s intelligence is debatable and again I am not in any position to judge but from what I can see from the songs she writes and the music videos she makes there is definitely something unique there! With Lady Gaga I think one thing is always going to be certain we will always be left with more questions than answers, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  10. ldillon says:

    Was it Mozart who said, “I’ve almost got the symphony done, I just need to write it down.”? I’m not trying to compare Lady Gaga to Mozart (though Mozart died a pauper a Lady Gaga is rich), but I’m guessing that she had parts of the song floating around in her head and could, in five or ten minutes, commit a draft to paper.

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