911 - Lady Gaga

The Experience: Please patch the line, need a 911... When you just need to break free of the loneliness long enough to cry out for help...

The Vibe: Need.

The Topic: Loneliness. Depression. Hope. Friendship and community.

The Tension: The temptation to despair (Almost like I have no choice) VS. Hope (patch the line need a 911).



Music video: Lady Gaga feels her confused way through a dreamworld... until a caring paramedic shocks her back into the terror of a car accident. Only that caring but very tough and painful help brings her back from the brink of death.

The Meaning of 911: We all need help - 911 - sometimes. Lady Gaga's 911 plays into that basic need on so many levels. First, as she herself has explained, she herself needs anti-psychotics - pop a 911 - to deal with the curveballs her own brain throws at her. Secondly, so many different situations match the descriptions she gives. Inner voices: self-hating phrases. Loneliness: wish I had laughed and kept the good friendships. The fragility of our own beauty and goodness: keep my dolls inside diamond boxes. And sometimes the reason our dreams are so fragile is because they're not real. Like the music video paramedic who pulls Lady Gaga out of her dreamworld into the terror of a car accident, sometimes my biggest enemy is me and we can only face reality if there's someone there to help us cry. The solution isn't escape (emotional faders). It's finding someone to help us face the pain.

Ask yourself: Do you believe that the only happiness worth having is happiness that's real? Even if it seems like so little compared to our daydreams?

Album:  Chromatica (2020)

LYRICS:

Turning up emotional faders
Keep repeating self-hating phrases
I have heard enough of these voices
Almost like I have no choice

This is biological stasis
My mood's shifting to manic places
Wish I laughed and kept the good friendships
Watch life, here I go again

I can't see me cry
Can't see me cry ever again (Ooh)
I can't see me cry
Can't see me cry this is the end (Ooh)

My biggest enemy is me
Pop a 911
My biggest enemy is me
Pop a 911
My biggest enemy is me
Ever since day one
Pop a 911
Then pop another one

Keep my dolls inside diamond boxes
Save them till I know I'm gon' drop this
Front I've built around me oasis
Paradise is in my hand
Holding on so tight to this status
It's not real but I'll try to grab it
Keep myself in beautiful places
Paradise is in my hands

I can't see me cry
Can't see me cry ever again (Ooh)
I can't see me cry
Can't see me cry this is the end (Ooh)

My biggest enemy is me
Pop a 911
My biggest enemy is me
Pop a 911
My biggest enemy is me
Ever since day one
Pop a 911
Then pop another one
(Pop another one)
Pop a 911
Then pop another one

I can't see me cry
Can't see me cry ever again (Ooh)
I can't see me cry
Can't see me cry this is the end (Ooh)

My biggest enemy is me
Pop a 911
My biggest enemy is me
Pop a 911
My biggest enemy is me
Ever since day one
Pop a 911
Then pop another one

Please patch the line
Please patch the line
Need a 911, can you patch the line
Please patch the line
Please patch the line
Need a 911, can you patch the line

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