Song of the Day #941: ‘Speechless’ – Lady GaGa

I’m about two years late, but I’ve finally hopped on the Lady GaGa bandwagon.

I recently bought her two albums (in one bargain-priced package) with a gift card I received for my birthday. My logic was as follows: I like five of her songs — ‘Poker Face,’ ‘Just Dance,’ ‘Paparazzi,’ ‘Bad Romance’ and ‘Telephone’ — enough to buy them on iTunes. That’s a $6 investment right there. If even four of the 17 remaining songs on her albums are worth owning, it’s more cost-efficient to buy the 2-disc set than to pick and choose.

And I had a gift card, so it wasn’t like real money.

Yes, I realize it’s a bit deranged that I have this much of an inner struggle over whether to buy a CD. But I take these things seriously, in case you haven’t picked up on that by now.

Well, the gamble paid off. At least six or seven songs struck me as worthy right away and both albums are chock full of great beats and fun performances. As advertised, GaGa is an upgraded Madonna — better voice, better production, better songs. And I say that understanding full well that she is standing on Madonna’s shoulders.

Not surprisingly, my two daughters took an instant liking to the albums. My 4-year-old, Fiona, in particular. She is a big fan of club music and a great little dancer with more natural rhythm than I could ever hope to have. These days we hear the Lady GaGa mix I made her blaring from her upstairs room on repeat.

GaGa often runs her voice through Auto-Tune for effect but vocally she has the goods. Today’s song, ‘Speechless,’ is one of those where she sets aside the studio trickery and lets it rip. She wrote it for her father, whose life of hard drinking had put him at risk of heart failure.

I can’t believe what you said to me
Last night when we were alone
You threw your hands up
Baby you gave up, you gave up

I can’t believe how you looked at me
With your James Dean glossy eyes
In your tight jeans with your long hair
And your cigarette stained lies

Could we fix you if you broke?
And is your punch line just a joke?

I’ll never talk again
Oh boy you’ve left me speechless
You’ve left me speechless, so speechless

I can’t believe how you slurred at me
With your half wired broken jaw
You popped my heart seams
On my bubble dreams, bubble dreams

I can’t believe how you looked at me
With your Johnnie Walker eyes
He’s gonna get you and after he’s through
There’s gonna be no love left to rye

And I know that it’s complicated
But I’m a loser in love
So baby raise a glass to mend
All the broken hearts
Of all my wrecked up friends

I’ll never talk again
Oh boy you’ve left me speechless
You’ve left me speechless so speechless

I’ll never love again,
Oh friend you’ve left me speechless
You’ve left me speechless, so speechless

And after all the drinks and bars that we’ve been to
Would you give it all up?
Could I give it all up for you?

And after all the boys and girls that we’ve been through
Would you give it all up?
Could you give it all up?

If I promise to you boy
That I’ll never talk again
And I’ll never love again
I’ll never write a song
Won’t even sing along

I’ll never love again
So speechless
You left me speechless, so speechless
Why you so speechless, so speechless?

Will you ever talk again?
Oh boy, why you so speechless?
You’ve left me speechless

Some men may follow me
But you choose “death and company”
Why you so speechless? Oh oh oh

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #941: ‘Speechless’ – Lady GaGa

  1. Dana says:

    I don’t know…there’s something about her voice, and frankly her, that just annoys me a bit too much to jump on her bandwagon. I’m sure, though, if I had a 5 year old daughter loving her with such unabashed joy, I would be more apt to jump on board the bandwagon.

    This song is okay. Rather pedestrian musically, slightly more interesting lyrically, but not nearly as addictive as something like “Bad Romance” or “Poker Face,”

  2. Amy says:

    I like lots of the songs that I have heard by her (often only after I’ve first heard them being sung by my kids, or crooned by the Glee kids), but I can’t fathom how you can refer to her as an “upgraded Madonna,” even as you recognize that without Madonna, there is no GaGa.

    In the words of the first commenter on that video, “there will never be another Madonna, that’s for sure.”

    Songwriter. Singer. Dancer. Provocateur. Performer. She did it all.

    Lady GaGa, recognizing that she can only ever be an also-ran to Madonna decides to drape herself in a meat dress in order to make headlines. Give me Madona’s cone bra any day 🙂

    Don’t get me wrong. I agree that GaGa has talent; I just think that referring to her as an upgraded Madonna is a little like referring to Harry Connick as an upgraded Frank Sinatra. Absolute nonsense!

  3. Amy says:

    By the way, you can’t doubt that if you provided Fiona with a Madonna playlist, she would be blasting it from her room and dancing every bit as much as she is to the underrated GaGa, do you? 🙂 Just saying!

    I think I have another birthday idea 😉

  4. Clay says:

    As I wrote in the post, I believe Lady GaGa has better songs, a better voice and better production on her albums… therefore she’s an upgrade.

    I’m not suggesting she is Madonna’s equal as a provocateur or an icon. I just think she’s a better musical artist.

    Of course, I’m saying that as somebody who’s never been a big fan of Madonna, so it’s not like she has all that big a hill to climb.

    Funny you should mention Fiona… we actually tried to get her into Madonna once and had little success. I believe the tinnier 80s production didn’t appeal to her as much as the beat-driven songs of more recent history. She’d probably enjoy Madonna’s output from the 00s, though I don’t own any of it.

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