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Lady Gaga: Telephone Meaning

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Song Released: 2009


Covered By: Glee Cast


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Telephone Lyrics

Hello, hello, baby;
You called, I can't hear a thing.
I have got no service
in the club, you see, see…
Wha-Wha-What did you say?
Oh, you're breaking up on me…
Sorry, I cannot hear you,
I'm kinda busy.

K-kinda busy
K-kinda busy
Sorry,...

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    Ali_kun
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    Jun 16th, 2010 6:38pm report


    The video of this song is the continuation of the song "Paparazzi", and, after she says to the 911 operator at the end of the song "I just killed my boyfriend", she goes to jail, and the video is descibing the consequences of her actions. When her significant other, played by Beyoncé bails her out, Beyoncé wants to get revenge, as they go and kill her boyfriend, but accidentally end up killing all the other people in the dinner they go to. The next video will most likely involve Beyoncé as well, and be showing her escaping law enforcement, and possibly getting caught. "You'll be back, honey", said by the guard at the entrance to prison, could be foreshadowing of this assumption.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 12th, 2014 6:27am report


    Did you guys see the no.3 she made with her fingers and put it in front of her eye?Its actually 666(Satan's number)and I was shocked to see that she believed in Satan and there's a song named "I love Judas" and I was like,"WTH?!!!!"and I finally realized she is no longer a believer in God or she wasn't.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 20th, 2012 10:37am report


    I think she want's a break from her ex boyfriend who won't stop calling her. Plus, he doesn't know that Gaga's in jail. When she says 'you knew that i was free [...] and now you won't stop calling me' it's kinda obvious.



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    catpop369852
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    Mar 16th, 2012 3:04pm report


    She's trying to let loose and have fun but her boyfriend-or-what's-his-face is getting in the way of that. =^..^=



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    anonymous
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    Dec 29th, 2011 12:12pm report


    Telephone is about wanting to remove herself from the busy-body world of music and getting out into the world without fans crowding her.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 29th, 2011 12:18pm report


    This song can be taken literally-that Gaga just doesn't want to answer her phone & forget about her controlling boyfriend & just have fun. But the deeper aspect of the song is that she is making fun of the media (shown in her video) & the craziness of the digital age; how people are obessed with their phones & other electronics & the media when they should just be having fun & living their lives. The "controlling boyfriend" calling Gaga is really the way electronics, telephones, & the media are controlling people; but Gaga doesn't want to put up with that; she wants to just have fun. Gaga has also stated that the song is about the voices in her head-That she is always working but should be just having fun & she fears in being famous and obsessed with her career she will never have any time to just have fun. She also has said the song is about being "suffocated" when you just want to have fun. Whatever your take on the song, it definately has much deeper meanings than it seems.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 20th, 2011 7:01pm report


    Her videos reveal the true meaning of the song.
    this song is her basically "mocking" how everything is for industry and dancing and love is the topic for most popular songs.
    You know this because of all the ridiculous things that happen in the viddeo. like, product placement, using subtitles randomnly, having a little "poison" icon as if shes simulating a video game. She even puts the Pussy Wagon in there.
    She uses cheesy metaphores and shes a runaway from the cops. thats pure television and movie. She also wears police tape, cigarettes, and coke cans; as seen in most popular TV shows. Shes just making fun of media.



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    anonymous
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    May 30th, 2011 5:04pm report


    I forget where, but Gaga said one time that "Telephone" is about the voices in her head! If you really know her, you know how hard she's working, pushing herself again and again! So It's about the voice in her head, which is always saying "Work Work Work". I think that would make sense at all. She wants to get rid of this voice! She isn't able to ignore it, because she would feel bad not working to get better.



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    anonymous
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    May 29th, 2011 5:01pm report


    I think this meaning is rather obvious. She's sick of her controlling boyfriend calling her. She just wants to have fun at a club by herself, and so she's not answering her cell phone.



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    anonymous
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    May 23rd, 2011 5:32pm report


    People say this video makes no sense. Most people think the song is literally about Lady Gaga trying to have a good time and just dance (no pun intended) and someone (significant other?) will not stop calling her and leaving her alone. But, another though of meaning is that when Gaga is partying she doesn't want to listen to her conscious and just wants to have a good time. "Stop calling,Stop calling" could be Gaga trying to ignore her self-conscious which keeps telling her what to do and to stop.



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    anonymous
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    May 21st, 2011 5:32pm report


    I think she wrote this as shes always getting phoned by her random fans and wants to get a message across to the public that shes just a normal person and wants freedom and privacy.

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    anonymous
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    Mar 27th, 2011 3:04pm report


    "Telephone" is the fear of suffication. The song can be taken literally about her in a club and not wanting to talk to a guy, but the subliminal meaning is much deeper. Gaga had said before that she wrote the song about how her record company would not leave her alone even though it was her day off. They "sufficated" her with phone calls when she just wanted to dance or do something with her friends. She felt like a prisoner to them (jail scene in the music video) but once she ignores them (bailing out of jail) she feels free and cannot be sufficated.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 27th, 2011 3:04pm report


    "Telephone" is the fear of suffication. The song can be taken literally about her in a club and not wanting to talk to a guy, but the subliminal meaning is much deeper. Gaga had said before that she wrote the song about how her record company would not leave her alone even though it was her day off. They "sufficated" her with phone calls when she just wanted to dance or do something with her friends. She felt like a prisoner to them (jail scene in the music video) but once she ignores them (bailing out of jail) she feels free and cannot be sufficated.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 7th, 2011 2:44am report


    Telephone is a bit of an oddity in The Fame Monster EP. The Fame Monster is supposed to be about the darker sides of fame, whereas The Fame was obviously all about the beauty of fame. Telephone is very upbeat, and that's why it's so odd.

    However, upon closer inspection, the song does have some dark undertones. Lady Gaga stated that Telephone is about her fear that, in being famous and obsessed with her career, that she will never have any time to cut loose and just enjoy herself. "Stop callin', I don't want to think anymore." "I don't want to talk anymore." "I left my head and my heart on the dance floor." Gaga just wants to unwind and have fun, but there is always something in the way. She is afraid that her whole life will be like this from now on.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 9th, 2010 9:04am report


    I think the song is about a man that keeps trying to call her but she doesn't want to talk to him so she ignores him all night.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 5th, 2010 9:21pm report


    I say it's about a guy that won't stop bothering her, and I also think that its a continuation of "Paparazzi" and I think the next one should be Monster! :D I <3 Lady Gaga

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