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What Are These Artists Trying to Say?

By Ashley Rauls
On February 25, 2012

The other day I was driving with a friend and we turned the radio on to entertain us. My radio immediately began to blast "Like a G6" by Far East Movement, so maybe "entertain" was not the correct word. Sure, that song is fun to dance to, but what does it even mean? Why is our generation intrigued by songs that have no meaning, but are catchy and have a nice beat?

The answer is simple. We want to be carefree and have fun. I will admit to listening to Cee Lo Green and Lady Gaga; however, I will also admit, I don't have a clue what any of Lady Gaga's songs mean. For that matter, what do any of these pop songs mean?

The first quality song I don't entirely understand is "Teenage Dream." Isn't Katy Perry around twenty-six years old now? All young relationships should aspire to be like this song's meaning. Guys should think girls are beautiful without makeup like Katy suggests. Sounds ideal, right?

One day, I went to dinner with a friend and didn't bother with makeup. A few minutes into conversation, he says, "Is there something different about you?" I blush thinking he's going to compliment me and say, "Oh, I'm not wearing makeup." He looks confused and responds, "Why?". Who is she trying to relate to? Who is living Katy Perry's teenage dream if I'm not?

Another deep song I have on my iPod is "Telephone" by Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé. Lady Gaga outdoes herself again with such a great song with such empowering lyrics. You don't have to answer your telephone if you don't want to. Amazing. How does she do it? Despite the fact that the lyrics aren't life changing, it does make you want to dance.

Again, this song is a joy to dance to, but why did LMFAO feel the need to write a song about being attractive? Just when I thought this group couldn't come up with anything more original after "Party Rock Anthem", they surprised me and wrote "Sexy and I Know It". Maybe the writers of this song have a self-image problem? I guess everyone in America needs a confidence boost and enjoys singing this to themselves in the mirror.

Now every time I get carry out from a restaurant, the song "Carry Out" by Timbaland pops in my head. I'll admit it is clever to relate his relationships to a take out food, but it's slightly abnormal and may not please his girlfriends. The entire song is metaphors comparing the girl to methods of ordering food? Ergo saying the girl is like a "piece of meat"? How thoughtful?

I love how iTunes keeps track of how many times you've played a certain song. I'm not sure how, but this was in my top ten most played. What does "Cat Daddy" even mean? Cat. Daddy. All I understand is the SpongeBob references, which was a great idea the writers had to capitalize on our generation's childhood memories.

It seems that rappers can say and use any words they want, as long as it rhymes. Who should we blame for letting our music digress? Or is our music getting more complex without us even knowing?

Lady Gaga claims to have underlying messages in her ever so creative lyrics. She's probably telling the truth. If not, all of her "little monsters" aka people who need to get a hobby besides adoring someone who wears meat dresses, will be thoroughly disappointed.  

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