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  1. Now that I've had a week to sink my teeth into Chromatica, I'm beginning to uncover meaning behind this string of super sonic somber songs. I'd like to unpack the symbology in "Replay," the album's disco-tinged dance floor banger. At first glance, I thought "Replay" detailed one of Gaga's harrowing relationships between herself and a toxic former flame. But there's something I thought of that shifted my entire perception of the song, and now I can't see it any other way. Gaga's repeated use of the word "monster" in the track feels deliberate and intentional. She could've used any word in the world, why "monster?" First, let's take a glance at the history of the word in the Gaga universe. You may recall Gaga featured a song titled "Monster" on The Fame Monster. In the intro of the song, Gaga says "don't call me Gaga." She sings about a boy who "ate her heart," and recklessly consumed her emotions. The Fame Monster coined the term Gaga fans go by: Little Monsters. In the past, Gaga has described death, alcohol and drugs as monsters. In other words, Gaga has a complicated love-hate relationship with monsters. In her new song, "Replay," Gaga sings about trauma, and I can't help but think she's subtly singing about her super stardom. In her new interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe, Gaga said being so famous gives her a little anxiety about the public. "Replay" also details her experience with PTSD. Can you imagine everyone in the world knowing who you are? And wanting something from you? How guilty are most of us chanting WHERE IS LG6? WE WANT LG6. WE DON'T WANT JOANNE WE WANT DANCE FLOOR BANGERS. Gaga came through with Chromatica, but at a cost? Check out some of the lyrics from "Replay." View them through the lens as if she is undoubtedly taking about her fame and the demands fans place upon her. It's wild. I want to preface this by saying that I don't think Gaga is saying she hates her fans, her career or her stardom. She obviously LOVES and adores her fans. There is no denying that. However, we just can't understand what it's like to be so famous. That fame is energized and expanded through her loyal supporters. I imagine it's a bit of a double-edged sword. This is not exclusive to Gaga, rather all hyper-famous people. I also want to say this is my own perspective on the song. Music takes all sorts of shapes, so while I may see this as a stance on the dark sides of fame and fans, others may see "Replay" as Gaga's response to a bad romance. After I had my own revelation about "Replay," I grew to love the song so much more. I can't imagine being Gaga-level famous, nor having that amount of fans. While she is so blessed and fortunate, that amount of celebrity could feel like a mental prison. What do you think about "Replay?"
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