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re: Poker Face by Lady Gaga

Speaking of poker and guys bluffing their way through life, Rufus and I were down at Daniel’s Broiler last night and ran into some trouble with a lovely young woman named Rachel. We’d had a few Jameson’s, so it’s hard to say exactly how it all started to go badly, but when I mentioned this song, Rachel (24 years old, has a boyfriend) perked up considerably.

“Oh yeah, she’s here to stay.”

I think Rachel is right. When I first heard this techno dance electronica thing, or whatever it’s called, I thought, well, this voice is a little bigger than most. The woman has some serious talent. And the song, which she wrote, is infectious.

I wanna roll with him a hard pair we will be
A little gambling is fun when you’re with me (I love it)
Russian Roulette is not the same without a gun
And baby when it’s love if it’s not rough it isn’t fun…

Yikes. Then there’s this:

I won’t tell you that I love you
Kiss or hug you
Cause I’m bluffin’ with my muffin
I’m not lying I’m just stunnin’ with my love-glue-gunning…

What in the world? Am I missing the irony here? Does music and art have a moral? Can it be amoral? What do we need all those morals for, anyway?

Because at some point it just turns silly. Just watch the video. What’s with the Barbarella swimsuit? Although I would like a pair of those reader-board sunglasses. Those are pretty cool.

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