Lady Gaga is on fire. Literally. At the MuchMusic Video Awards on June 21, she wore a bra that shot out sparks as she danced around the stage. Yes, it was about more than just the song. Lady Gaga is an artist by nature and it certainly shows in every performance.
She was recently quoted in Channel News Asia as saying, “I’ve always been a fashionista and I’ve always loved to wear fun clothes…I became very well known for my stage performances and my clothes.”
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Lady Gaga has captured the imagination of millions with her outlandish shows and irresistible throbbing pop songs like “Poker Face” and “Just Dance.”
An analysis of the lyrics of one of her biggest hits, “Poker Face,” shows a complicated artist who is about to take the world by storm. Much like Madonna, Lady Gaga knows how to give a scintillating, tantalizing performance that leaves you wanting more.
“Poker Face” is a song about a poker face, of course, but that is just the beginning, Poker faces are the key to hiding one’s feelings, according to Forbes.com, and to have a poker face implies strength and assertiveness because nobody can read your intentions.
Lady Gaga’s song begins with the goal of wanting to be in the game of poker, not necessarily the card game but the intimate interaction between girl and boy where one is being pursued by the other. It is a game, yes, but the stakes are the hearts of each other.
The chorus is simple yet broad-stroked as Lady Gaga croons about how “he can’t read my poker face” and this is crucial to the art of the seductive dance where the girl wants to be pursued but doesn’t want to make it easy for the boy.
The song moves along with a little note about how love isn’t fun unless it’s rough. Then a line about how she “won’t tell you that I love you, kiss or hug you.” These are classic examples of wanting intense passion without clear, boring reciprocated professions of feelings and commitments.
Lady Gaga doesn’t want to feel obligated to anyone for anything in the song “Poker Face.” Over and over we hear how “she’s got to love nobody.” She wants fiery passion, of course, and she’s going to get it. But the love part is optional.
Lady Gaga is surely and decidedly the new princess of pop as Rolling Stone announced with her on the cover of its Hot List issue. She has enough firepower, both literally and figuratively, to dynamite us to smithereens for years to come.