Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga


The Experience: It wasn't love, it wasn't love... It was a perfect illusion. Somewhere in all the confusion you were so perfect... When there's no love to be had, will you settle for the illusion? And if you do, will you forget that you ever wanted love?


Music video: The barren desert set and the wild concert both reflect different dimensions of the same moment - Lady Gaga's movements are exactly the same in each. The concert: the external party she's living. The desert: her on the inside. The tragedy is that because she embraces the perfect illusion - she drives herself to the desert -  it's all on her. She's no victim, and can't be rescued... because she doesn't want to be.


The Meaning of Perfect Illusion: Lady Gaga explores the experience of giving up on love. When you mistake the rush of sex for love - mistaken for love, it wasn't love - and - I felt you touchin' me high like amphetamine - the next day's emptiness - maybe you're just a dream that's what it means to crushis a blow that won't let you convince yourself it was love. But for Perfect Illusion, that realization isn't a reality check. Instead, it's a reason to give up on love altogether, and surrender yourself completely to the illusion.

Ask yourself: Have you forgotten that what you were looking for was love?

Album: Joanne (2016)

LYRICS:

Tryin' to keep control
Pressure's takin' its toll
Stuck in the middle zone
I just want you alone
My guessing game is strong
Way too real to be wrong
Caught up in your show
Yeah, at least now I know

It wasn't love, it wasn't love
It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion)
Mistaken for love, it wasn't love
It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion)
You were a perfect illusion

I don't need eyes to see
I felt you touchin' me
High like amphetamine
Maybe you're just a dream
That's what it means to crush
Now that I'm wakin' up
I still feel the blow
But at least now I know

It wasn't love, it wasn't love
It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion)
Mistaken for love, it wasn't love
It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion)

(Where are you?
Cause I can't see you)
It was a perfect illusion
(But I feel you watchin' me
Dilated, falling free
In a modern ecstasy)

(Where are you?
Cause I can't see you)
It was a perfect illusion
(But I feel you watchin' me
But I feel you watchin' me)
Illusion
(But I feel you watchin' me)
Mistaken for love
(Where were you
Cause I can't see
But I feel you watchin' me)
Mistaken for love
(Dilated, falling free
In a modern ecstasy)
Mistaken for love
(In a modern ecstasy
In a modern ecstasy)

I'm over the show
Yeah at least now I know

It wasn't love, it wasn't love
It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion)
Mistaken for love, it wasn't love
It was a perfect illusion (Perfect illusion)
Ohhhh
You were a perfect illusion
Ohhhh
It was a perfect illusion
It was a perfect illusion
Somewhere in all the confusion
It was a perfect illusion, (illusion) (illusion)
It was a perfect illusion
Somewhere in all the confusion
You were so perfect
You were a, you were a perfect illusion

by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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