Life is perpetual motion and GaGa’s “Just Dance” keeps you going

I’ve had a little bit too much, much
All of the people start to rush.
Start to rush by.
A dizzy twister dance
Can’t find my drink or man.
Where are my keys? I lost my phone, phone.

This is actually terrifying. This is someone who is on the absolute edge of their life feeling like they are about to lose everything. This is the type of thing you could listen to on a shroom trip while trying to balance yourself. It’s so simplistic but it’s profound in its direct approach.

What’s going on, on the floor?
I love this record, baby, but I can’t see straight anymore.
Keep it cool, what’s the name of this club?
I can’t remember but it’s alright, a-alright.

Absolute loss of everything. Borderline ego death. No I’m not reading too deep into this. This is why this song is so motivational and fun to dance to. There are psychic truths hidden within this song. Someone is about to lose every reference point they’ve ever had — their house, their keys, their car, their clothes, their mind, their location, their vision, their perception. They admit they’ve had too much of life, too much indulgence and now they are paying for it.

But just as it feels like they are going to lose it all, the music reminds them it’s going to be okay. Just dance. It’s going to be okay. You don’t need anything beyond this moment. As long as you are dancing and trusting in the universe’s inherent love, you will be okay:

Just dance. Gonna be okay.
Da-doo-doo-doo
Just dance. Spin that record babe.
Da-doo-doo-doo
Just dance. Gonna be okay.
Duh-duh-duh-duh
Dance. Dance. Dance. Just dance.

Even her nonsense lines — she’s humming to herself because it’s literally ALL she has left.

Wish I could shut my playboy mouth.
How’d I turn my shirt inside out, inside out right?

She can’t control her word vomit. She can’t control the nagging self-doubt that bleeds and grinds away at her confidence. It’s moved beyond her mind and is now on display in her actual appearance.

I love music that is aware of just how lucid, brutal and desperate life can become, but still remains optimistic in spite of it. I am so moved right now. It’s a simple song but that’s exactly why it’s so profound. Life requires absurd, sometimes silly metaphors to connect with us. For me, my life has been a hurricane and every line in here connects to something deeper within my life. Where is my home base? Where is my center? Ive had a little bit too much of self-indulgence. I wish I could shut my mouth. I wish I could find my significant other. Where am I? What will I do if all my plans fall apart? Just dance, it’ll be okay.

There’s a reason this was her first single. It’s one of her most profound in the disguise of one of her most vapid.

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