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Song Parodies -> "(Why Aren't) You Surprised?"

Original Song Title:

"You And I"

Original Performer:

Lady Gaga

Parody Song Title:

"(Why Aren't) You Surprised?"

Parody Written by:

Wendy Christopher

The Lyrics

I heard this song from La Gaga and - to my complete shock - really liked it! Great stomping melody, pretty good lyrics... could it be that I was finally converting to her stuff? And then I saw the accompanying video...

What. The. HECK...? (And I didn't really think 'heck' either...)

Up until now I'd always kind of given her the benefit of the doubt regarding whether she just used random sexy stuff to be freaky, hoping that there really was actually some sort of intelligent message behind it somewhere. But this video is so beyond random that it made me reconsider that view, and that made me a bit sad. This parody is the result.

(This link is to the OS WITH the video in question, so that, if you wish, you can see what I mean. If you prefer your raunch on the tame side, I suggest you just listen and don't watch. That's my disclaimer done and dusted.)

It aint a long time since I last appeared
When’s the last time I did something weird?
This time I’ll do something really new

My PR people gave me good advice
When they said “You’re so creative and that’s really nice
But now here’s what we think you should do…”

They said “Strip right down to bra and pants
All the people want from you is a sexy dance
They don’t care what you sing about
They wanna see tits, will you get them out?”

(Some days) Some days, some ways I think they’re right
(Some say) Some say that’s how I got to be famous overnight
(Some day) Some day it’ll get old, but ‘til you’ve realised
I’m shocking again -
Why aren’t you surprised?

I write my songs, pouring out my heart
But in my videos I’m all performance art
‘Cause I know that’s what you expect to see

And that’s why I dressed up as a mermaid there,
Dancing in that barn in just underwear
Makes no sense at all, even to me... can't see

Strip right down and act all strange
And as long as you react I will never change
Buy my songs and I’ll keep you sweet
Hatch out of an egg and dress up in meat

(Some ways) Some ways, I’m just a media whore
(Always) Always on Planet Weird when I could be so much more
(Won’t they) Won’t they turn off and drop me if I’m not disguised?
Feel so insecure –
Why aren’t you surprised?

Ooh, surprised
Aren’t you surprised?
Feel compromised
Aren’t you surprised yet?

So devised
I’m merchandised
Simply commercialised
Why aren’t you surprised?

Get your freak on!

They made a real Mother Monster when they messed with me
‘Cause they wrapped me all up in crazy
And taught me three ways that I could hit popstar gold
Shake my ass and speak my mind but do what I’m told

(‘Cause they’re) ‘Cause they’re pulling the strings on me
(For the fame!)
I could be quite normal, even pretty smart
Oh but that’s not what they want you to see
(Somewhere) Somewhere under the hype, the PR and the lies…

…Like when I said I was a she-male
Well I know how you all love a tall tale…

Ooh, surprised!
Weren’t you surprised?
Dammit now, look surprised!
Why aren’t you surprised? WHY?

I’ve surmised
You aren’t surprised
You’re baffled and scandalised
But you aren’t surprised. WHY?

It aint a long time since I last appeared
When’s the last time I did something weird?
This time I’ll do something really new

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Snowbird - August 29, 2011 - Report this comment
WHO KNOWS what Lady GAG will vomit up next??? Nice one!
Rob Arndt - August 30, 2011 - Report this comment
As a Lady GaGa fan I can tell you why. Her last video after acclaimed "Born This Way" and controversial "Judas" was the critically panned "The Edge of Glory" which was looked upon as nothing special... so Stefani probably went the complete other direction. "You and I" is her most radical video yet and looks like several intermeshing relationships presented in GaGa's bizarre style. I had hoped that she would do "Marry the Night", "Scheisse", or "Hair" instead!!! Oh well, off to the next bizarre presentation... which may well be a Xmas song since she will be doing the Barneys' Christmas window in NY- gotta see that!!! Despite anything she does, GaGa is always in demand!!!
Wendy Christopher - August 30, 2011 - Report this comment
She certainly is, Rob! I don't dislike the woman, but I found the message I (eventually) got from this particular video disturbed me; it seems to be saying "No matter how appallingly this guy treats me, the sex is so good I just can't get enough of him." Is that a good message to be sending out to her young, impressionable female fans? I don't think so. Having seen evidence in interviews with Lady Gaga in the past that show she is actually quite intelligent and not just some airheaded bimbo, so I find it hard to believe that she really does want to be portrayed as some doe-eyed sexual masochist. A bunch of PR execs with frustrated porn director ambitions, however... which is what led me to suspect that she's being manipulated and exploited by them more than the public realise - hence the parody. She certainly wouldn't be the only one; you could equally point the finger at Katy Perry and Rihanna too. At least Lady Gaga has that aura of intelligence that the other two sorely lack.
Rob Arndt - August 30, 2011 - Report this comment
Stefani graduated NYU and is an excellent pianist. She has always stated that her music is the eternal conflict between good and evil. She wants to be a good girl but tends to lead bad girl. "Judas" lyrics, "Jesus is my virtue, but Judas is the demon I cling to, I cling to". If you ever meet her in person, she is nice, professional, soft-spoken, and intelligent. But internally, she is conflicted and that comes out in her music...

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