Whether you’re a Little Monster or a religious fanatic, you probably have your own thoughts on Lady Gaga’s song and video “Telephone.” Is it about making phone calls or about eating food? Actually, it’s about both.
If you’ve found yourself learning the dance moves to Gaga’s songs, did you ever realize that the dance moves mean something? Just like sign language, Gaga’s dance moves are communicating many messages to you, reflecting the song lyrics. Also, the song lyrics reflect you, and the world we live in.
Next, Gaga sings:
“I left my head and my heart on the dance floor”:
Likewise, the eh eh eh sounds are symbolic of choking. “Stop telephoning me” again means to stop calling her or stop feeding her. After that, she sings:
“Can call all you want, but there’s no one home”:
Here, Gaga is saying no matter how many advertisements they shove down her throat, she’s not there to see them. She’s blinded herself from it. “Home” is a metaphor for “brain.” Next, the word “phone” or “Telephone” is a metaphor the part of her brain where the media’s information is stored. Also, “and you’re not gonna reach my telephone”means the media is not going to choke her anymore because she’s removed it from her brain. Then she sings:
“Out in the club and I’m sipping that bub”:
Now the “club” is a place to escape the suffocating media and its advertisements. Next,“sipping that bub” symbolizes getting drunk literally and figuratively. In the figurative sense, it symbolizes getting drunk or high from peace, love and unity and most importantly freedom.Soon Gaga gets some company to escape the media with.
“boy, the way you blowin’ up my phone won’t make me leave no faster” She's saying the media bombards her brain, but she won’t make her leave her place of peace where she escapes to, the “club.” The “club” can be literally a night club to go dance the night away or anywhere you feel safe and happy. Consequently, the black Matrix coat that Gaga wears in the first picture above finds its way into Beyonce's verse. “Put my coat on faster." The "coat" represents suffocation and death and she refuses to suffocate and die from the media's pressure.
Soon thereafter, Beyonce sings: “I should’ve left my phone at home ‘cuz this is a disaster”: remember the “phone” is the part of her brain where the media’s information is stored. The “home” symbolizes her brain. Beyonce's friend Gaga returns, so she and Gaga can go to the club.
During the bridge, Gaga and Beyonce feel like they're in heaven tearing up the dance floor. “I’ll be dancing”: Gaga and Beyonce will be free from the media and the evils of the world. Below, one of Gaga's female dancers makes a halo symbol with her arms on the word “I’m dancing.” The halo symbol refers to finding a higher, spiritual place, refereeing God.
Watch Gaga's performance of "Telephone" in Stockholm from May 8, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2_tga8--uA