Applause - Lady Gaga


The Experience:
 Famous. In the spotlight. In every newspaper. On every TV screen. Because we all want to leave our mark. We want people to notice us. And remember us.

Music Video: The lyric and music videos go through some of the things Lady Gaga and others do to get applause... some vulgar, some not, but none very original.

My Take: Like Lady G hints at with her veins and IVs, fame is a potent drug. It's one of society's highest tributes. But just like Jay-Z reminded us in Holy Grail, it can also make you pay a terrible price.  So before you run out there looking for a spotlight to stand in, keep in mind two things. One: fame is blind. It rewards the very good and the very bad. So fame is no moral compass. Two: fame is fickle. It can build overnight, and it can tear you down in an instant. The meaning of really solid fame is gratitude. It's only earned by people who make a real, lasting difference. People who live for others, and not just for the applause. And for that, right and wrong matter a lot more than cheers and screams.

Ask Yourself:
 What do you want people to remember you for?

LYRICS:

I stand here waiting 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

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

Give me the thing that I love
(turn the lights on)
Put your hands up, make em touch
(make it real loud)
Give me the thing that I love
(turn the lights on)
Put your hands up, make em touch
(make it real loud)

A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E
Make it real loud
Put your hands up, make em touch, touch
A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E
Make it real loud
Put your hands up, make em touch, touch

I've overheard your theory
Nostalgia's for geeks
I guess sir, if you say so
Some of us just like to read

One second I'm a kunst
Then suddenly the kunst is me
Pop culture was in Art now ART's in POP culture, in me!

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

Give me the thing that I love
(turn the lights on)
Put your hands up, make em touch
(make it real loud)
Give me the thing that I love
(turn the lights on)
Put your hands up, make em touch
(make it real loud)

A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E
Make it real loud
Put your hands up, make em touch, touch
A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E
Make it real loud
Put your hands up, make em touch, touch

Touch touch
Touch touch now

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

Give me the thing that I love
(turn the lights on)
Put your hands up, make em touch
(make it real loud)
Give me the thing that I love
(turn the lights on)
Put your hands up, make em touch
(make it real loud)

A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E
Make it real loud
Put your hands up, make em touch, touch
A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E
Make it real loud
Put your hands up, make em touch, touch

AR-TP-OP

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