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ARTPOP album artwork
Lady Gaga
Writer(s) Lady Gaga
DJ White Shadow
Dino Zisis
Nick Monson
Producer(s) Lady Gaga
DJ White Shadow
Co-producer(s) Nick Monson
Dino Zisis
Length 3:19

Artpop track listing

"Manicure" (stylized as "MANiCURE") is a song written by Lady Gaga and produced by DJ White Shadow in 2012 from her fourth studio album, ARTPOP. She revealed the song title via Instagram on August 29, 2013, and the lyrics almost a year before revealing what it was called on Little Monsters.com. The song was registered on Gaga's BMI on December 15, 2013.

Background

It was revealed on July 24, 2012, that Douglas Aldrich, the guitarist of Whitesnake, was recorded playing guitar on a track in Los Angeles.  He tweeted twice about it, with the tweets being deleted later.

"Just got home from playing guitar on a killer track from one of our most popular female artists. Miss Lady Gaga. [She is] very sweet and great singer." He added, "I say she's sweet but she's a badass. . . [It was a] real fun day. I understand why she is mega. Super talented!"

When speaking about the song during a Track-By-Track interview about ARTPOP, Gaga said "”This song is about getting ready to go out and catch a man, catch a girl … you are manicuring your body, you’re manicuring your spirit, & your mind, and then, the chorus hits and it’s all about being really shocking … You’re gonna get laid tonight.”

Performances

Dates Location City Globe-green
2013
Sep 1 iTunes Festival London Gb
Nov 10 artRave Brooklyn, NY Us
2014
Mar 13 South by Southwest (SXSW) Austin, TX Us

Tour Dates Performances
artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball N/A N/A
Total of performances N/A

Lyrics

Put some lipstick on
Perfume your neck and slip your high heels on
Rinse and curl your hair
Loosen your hips and get a dress to wear.

I’m the one who's
Been coming 'round lookin' to love in you
You’re the medicine
I need to heal the way you make me feel.

I’m gon’ be MANiCURED
You wanna be MAN CURED
Ma-ma-ma-MANiCURED
She wanna be MAN CURED!
Salon’s enough for her
Not to feel so insecure
Ma-ma-ma-MANiCURE
She want be take care’n of.

Can you feel it, can you feel it, can you feel it?
I’m addicted to the love that you garner
Can you feel it, can you feel it, can you feel it?
Looking serial killer, man is a goner.

Touch me in the dark
Put your hands all over my body parts
Throw me on the bed
Squeeze, tease me, please me
That’s what I said!

'Cuz I'm the
Trick who’s
Been coming 'round lookin' to love in you
You’re the, the medicine
I need to heal the way, the way, the way
You make me feel!

I’m gon’ be MANiCURED
You wanna be MAN CURED
Ma-ma-ma-MANiCURED
She wanna be MAN CURED!
Salon’s enough for her
Not to feel so insecure
Ma-ma-ma-MANiCURE
She want be take care’n of.

Can you feel it, can you feel it, can you feel it?
I’m addicted to the love that you garner
Can you feel it, can you feel it, can you feel it?
Looking serial killer, man is a goner.

MAN CURE!
MAN CURE!

Heal me!
'Cuz I'm addicted to love!
Save me!
'Cuz I'm addicted to love!

I’m gon’ be MANiCURED
You wanna be MAN CURED
Ma-ma-ma-MANiCURED
She wanna be MAN CURED!
Salon’s enough for her
Not to feel so insecure
Ma-ma-ma-MANiCURE
She want be take care’n of.

Can you feel it, can you feel it, can you feel it?
I’m addicted to the love that you garner
Can you feel it, can you feel it, can you feel it?
Looking serial killer, man is a goner.

"G.U.Y."  Music video

An extended version of "Manicure" is used during the credits of the "G.U.Y." music video.

Credits

Writers Lady Gaga, DJ White Shadow, Nick Monson and Dino Zisis
Producers Lady Gaga and DJ White Shadow
Additional production Nick Monson and Dino Zisis
Recording by Dave Russell at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA Us
and CRC Studios, Chicago, IL Us
Assistant recording Benjamin Rice and Andrew Robertson
Additional recording Bill Malina at Thom Thom Club, Santa Monica, CA Us
and Record Plant, Hollywood, CA Us
Guitars

Doug Aldrich and Tim Stewart for Haus of Gaga

Horns Bijon S. Watson (trumpet) and The Regiment Horns (Leon H. Silva, Kevin Williams and Sean C. Erick)
Instrumentation and arrangement by Joanne Tominaga
Additional programing Rick Pearl
Union contract administration Ivy Skoff
Mixed by Dave Russell at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA Us
and Heard IT! Studios, North Hollywood, CA Us
Additional Mixing by Bill Malina at Record Plant, Hollywood, CA Us
Assistant mixers Benjamin Rice and Ghazi Hourani
Mastering Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering, Burbank, CA Us
Published by
  • Stefani Germanotta P/K/A Lady Gaga (BMI) Sony/ATV Songs, LLC/ House of Gaga Publishing, LLC / GloJoe Music Inc. (BMI)
  • Maxwell and Carter Publishing, LLC (ASCAP), administered by Universal Music Publishing Group and Maxwell and Carter Publishing, LLC (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing Group

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