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PokerFace(DigitalCover)
Lady Gaga
Writer(s) Lady Gaga
RedOne
Producer(s) RedOne
Background vocals Lady Gaga
RedOne
Length 3:57

TF-Logo singles chronology

Singles "Just Dance"
"Poker Face"
"Eh, Eh (N.E.I.C.S.)"
"LoveGame"
"Paparazzi"
Digital single(s) "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich"
"Christmas Tree"
"Vanity"

The Fame track listing

"Poker Face" is a song written by Lady Gaga, and producer RedOne in January 2008 from her album, The Fame. It serves as the second single from the album, and was released in late 2008 for certain markets, and in early 2009 for the rest of the world. The song is an uptempo dance song, following in the footsteps of her previous single, "Just Dance", but has a darker musical tone. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Lady Gaga's second number one hit, and also made two consevutives number ones in a row after Just Dance.

Writing and inspiration

Lady Gaga wanted to write a song her boyfriend would like, forming the main idea behind the song being about bisexuality and was a tribute by Gaga to her rock 'n' roll boyfriends. Lyrically "Poker Face" is about sex and gambling. Gaga was inspired by her days as a New York City go-go dancer, and is one of her favorite songs of the album. The term, "Poker Face", represents the tricks she used to fool man, and sometimes woman that she was into them, so they would throw money at her. There is also an ambiguous part with "He's got me like nobody" and "She's got me like nobody" in the chorus, which caused some undertone of confusion about love and sex. According to BBC, the "Mum-mum-mum-mah" hook used in the song is copied from Boney M's 1977 (jobs) hit, "Ma Baker." When RLT Boulevard asked Gaga about the hook, she replied: "I love Boney M so perhaps subconsciously it came out in the song." During Rango Tanga, Lady Gaga admited that Kiss FM was the only radio station to correctly censor the song during the chorus when she replaces poker face with "fuck her face." Although not in the official lyrics, the switch can be heard every second repition of the phrase during the chorus.

Composition

"Poker Face" is an uptempo dance-pop song, and follows the footsteps of the previous single "Just Dance". Whereas "Just Dance" was predominately electropop, "Poker Face" carries a dark sound with clear vocals on the chorus and a pop hook while combining the synths from "Just Dance" and the more dance-oriented beat of the next single "LoveGame". According to Kerri Mason of Billboard, the composition "carr[ies] the pleather-and-sequins vibe of the downtown New York scene out of the underground and onto the FM dial without losing its smut and sass." According to the sheet music published in Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is set in the time signature of common time, with a moderate tempo of 120 beats per minute. It is written in the key of G-sharp minor with Gaga's vocal range spanning from the low-note of F♯3 to the high-note of B4. It begins with a medium tempo followed by electronic chord arrangement and the "Mum-mum-mum-mah" hook. The chords follow in this order, G♯m–E–F♯–G♯m–E–F♯. This is followed by the sound of dance music, produced by a powerful beat from the instruments and a stuttering hook following the chorus.

Reference in popular culture

  • In the "Whale Whores" episode of South Park, Eric Cartman sang this song while playing Rockband.
  • The acoustic version of the song was covered by the Fox musical comedy television series, Glee, by Idina Menzel and Lea Michele, on the episode "Theatricality".
  • Christopher Walken did an acapella version of the song on Saturday Night Live.
  • The song was used during the promotions for the movie, Easy A.
  • Nick Knight featured a remixed version of the song for a SHOWstudio short film, Tonight Matthew….
  • The song can be heard playing in the Simpsons Season Finale commercial promo for "Lisa Goes Gaga".
  • The song was used in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief when the main characters are drugged in a casino.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied the song in his song, "Polka Face". This rendition was registered onto Gaga's BMI on November 5, 2013.

Commercial release

"Poker Face" was released as the second single from The Fame. The song was critically acclaimed and achieved worldwide popularity topping the charts in 20 countries, making it even more successful than her debut single, "Just Dance". In addition, it has reached the top ten in many other countries including her native U.S.A., where it has peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, thereby making it Lady Gaga's second U.S. top three hit. Along with her former chart topper in the seventh position the same week Poker Face entered the top ten, Gaga accomplished the rare feat of placing her first two single releases simultaneously in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. It has also topped the US dance charts.

Physical release

Australia (1789813)

AU PokerFace Label: Labels
Format: Slimline jewel case
Released: October 25, 2008
Barcode: 602517898134
Photogaphy: Meeno
Design: Irene Silva    

AUPK

France (1796466)

FR PokerFace Label: Labels
Format: Cardboard
Released: January 26, 2009
Barcode: 602517964662
Photogaphy: Meeno
Design: Irene Silva    

FRPK

Germany (UNI700356)

GE PK Label: Labels
Format: Slimline jewel case
Released: February 20, 2009
Barcode: 0602527003566
Photogaphy: Meeno
Design: Irene Silva    

GEPK

Poker Face (LTD. Premium Single) (UNI700355)

GE PK Label: Labels
Format: Jewel case
Released: February 20, 2009
Barcode: 602527003559
Photogaphy: Meeno
Design: Irene Silva    

GEPK2

Note: This premium single has a small poster included.

Poker Face (Enhanced CD) (00602517964990)

GE PK Label: Labels
Format: Jewel case
Released: February 24, 2009
Barcode: 602517964990
Photogaphy: Meeno
Design: Irene Silva    

GEPK3

United Kingdom (2703459)

UK PK Label: Labels
Format: Slimline jewel case
Released: April 13, 2009
Barcode: 602527034591
Photogaphy: Meeno
Design: Irene Silva    

UKPK

United States — The Remixes (B0012715-22)

USA PokerFace Remixes Label: Labels
Format: Jewel case
Released: March 10, 2009
Barcode: 602517965393
Photogaphy: Meeno
Design: Irene Silva    

USPKR

United Kingdom (2703458)

UK VPK Label: Labels
Format: 7" vinyl in a transparent plastic
Released: April 13, 2009
Barcode: 602527034584
Photogaphy: Meeno
Design: Irene Silva    

UKVPK

Side A (45RPM)
Side B (33RPM)

United States — The Remixes (B0012716-11)

USA PokerFace Remixes Label: Labels
Format: 12" vinyl in a cardboard sleeve
Released: March 10, 2009
Barcode: 602517965379
Photogaphy: Meeno
Design: Irene Silva    

USPKR2

Side A (45RPM)
Side B (33RPM)

Remixes

  • Dave Audé Dub — 7:23
  • Dave Audé Radio Edit — 3:50
  • Dave Audé Remix — 8:13
  • Glam As You Club Mix — 6:41
  • Glam As You Radio Mix — 3:49
  • Jody den Broeder Dub — 8:02
  • Jody den Broeder Radio Edit — 4:21
  • Jody den Broeder Remix — 8:05
  • LLG vs. GLG Radio Mix — 4:01
  • Space Cowboy Remix — 4:54
  • Tommy Sparks & The Fury Remix — 3:59

Performances

Calendar Globe-green Building Globe-share
2009
Jan 18 Gb MTV Spanking New Sessions Television
Jan 28 Freshly Squeezed
Feb 4 The Album Chart Show
Feb 10 De Planet Radio Microphone
Feb 20 Gb The Dome 49 Television
Feb 25 Fr NRJ Radio Microphone
Feb 27 Gb T4 Sunday Television
Mar 6 Us AOL Sessions Www page
Mar 10 KIIS-FM Microphone
Mar 23 KDWB Skyroom
Mar 24 B96
Mar 29 Ca Star Académie Television
Apr 1 Us American Idol
Apr 16 Gb Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
Apr 18 De Schlag den Raab
Apr 19 It Quelli che il calcio
Apr 20 Gb The Paul O'Grady Show
Apr 20 Live Lounge with Jo Whiley
Apr 22 Capital FM Microphone
Nl Mooi! Weer De Leeuw Television
Apr 23 Fr Grand Journal
Apr 24 Es Primavera POP
Apr 27 Fr Fun Radio Microphone
May 9 Us Walmart Soundcheck Www page
May 11 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Television
May 25 Au Kia Soul Live at The Chapel
Jun 21 Ca MuchMusic Video Awards
Jun 26 Gb Glastonbury Festival
Jul 8 Mt Isle of MTV Malta
Jul 11 Scotland T In The Park
Jul 12 Ie Oxegen Festival
Jul 13 Gb Orange Rockcorps
Jul 20 Fr Alhambra
Aug 4 Jp TV Tokyo
Aug 8 Summer Sonic
Aug 23 Gb V Festival
Sep 10 Fr Taratata
Sep 13 Us MTV Video Music Awards
Oct 3 Saturday Night Live
2010
Jan 31 Us 52nd Grammy Awards Television
2011
May 15 Gb BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend Television
Jul 13 Au Gaga Live At Sydney Monster Hall Microphone-icon
Sep 24 Us iHeartRadio Music Festival
Oct 30 In F1 Rocks After Party Television
Dec 3 Us KISS FM's Jingle Ball Microphone-icon
Dec 9 Z100's Jingle Ball
2013
Dec 6 Gb Annabel's Microphone-icon
Dec 8 Jingle Bell Ball

Tours

Travel Calendar
New Kids on the Block:Live 2008 (All dates)
Doll Domination Tour 2009 (All dates)
Fame Ball 2009 (All dates)
Monster Ball: Theater & Arena versions 20092011 (All dates)
The Born This Way Ball Tour 2012-2013 (All dates)
Lady Gaga Live at Roseland Ballroom Mar 28-Apr 7, 2014
artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball N/A

Lyrics

Album version

Mum mum mum mah
Mum mum mum mah
Mum mum mum mah
Mum mum mum mah

I wanna hold em' like they do in Texas plays, (Ay)
Fold em' let em' hit me, raise it, baby stay with me
(I love it)
LoveGame intuition play the cards with spades to start,
And after he's been hooked,
I'll play the one that's on his heart

Oh, woah, oh, oh, oh-oh-e-oh-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got
Oh, woah, oh, oh, oh-oh-e-oh-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got

Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She got me like nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She got me like nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)

I wanna roll with him a hard pair we will be (Ay)
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 its not rough it isn't fun (fun)

Oh, woah, oh, oh, oh-oh-e-oh-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got
Oh, woah, oh, oh, oh-oh-e-oh-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got

Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She got me like nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She got me like nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)

(Mum mum mum mah)
(Mum mum mum mah)

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 (Mah)

Just like a chick in the casino
Take your bank before I pay you out
I promise this, promise this
Check this hand 'cause I'm marvelous

Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She got me like nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She got me like nobody)

Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She got me like nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She got me like nobody)

Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She got me like nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She got me like nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(She got me like nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)

Acoustic version

I wanna hold em' like they do in Texas plays
Fold em' let em' hit me raise it baby stay with me
LoveGame, intuition.
Play the cards with spades to start,
And after he's been hooked,
I'll play the one that's on his heart

Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got
Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got

Can't read my,
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
He's got me like nobody
Can't read my
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
She's got me like nobody

P-P-P-Poker face, P-P-Poker face
P-P-P-Poker face, P-P-Poker face

I wanna roll with him a hard pair we will be
A little gamblin' is fun when you're with me
Russian roulette is not the same without a gun
And baby when it's love,
if it's not rough it isn't fun

Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got
(and I) Want you to know
Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhh, ohh-oh-e-ohh-oh-oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got

Can't read my,
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
He's got me like nobody
Can't read my
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
She's got me like nobody

P-P-P-Poker face, P-P-Poker face
P-P-P-Poker Face, P-P-Poker face

I won't tell you that I love you
Kiss or hug you
'cause I'm bluffin' with my muffin
I'm not lyin' I'm just stunnin' with my love-glue-gunnin'
Just like a chick in the casino
Take your bank before I pay you out
I promise this, promise this
Check this hand 'cause I'm marvelous

I'm marvelous
I'm marvelous
I'm marvelous
So marvelous

Can't read my,
Can't read my
No he can't read my poker face

Music video

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Premiere date October 29, 2008
Director(s) Ray Kay
Fashion director
Choreographer Laurieann Gibson at Haus of Gaga
Director of photography Ketil Dietrichson


The music video for "Poker Face" premiered on NewNowNext PopLab, on October 29, 2008. It later premiered on UK music channels on February 17, 2009. The music video is directed by Ray Kay, and aided by Anthony Mandler. The video was filmed at the luxury villa on "Bwin PokerIsland". Bwin also provided the poker equipment, and obtained product placements in return.

Development

Originally, Kay had intended to shoot the "Poker Face" video on a beach in Ibiza, with Gaga emerging from the surf "sort of like Halle Berry in 'Die Another Day'. " At the last minute, that plan was scrapped, which left the director scrambling to find a suitable location. They finally found a Malibu mansion (bwin PokerIsland), and, over the course of one very long day, the video was shot on 3 October, 2008. Gaga explained in the nineteenth episode of her "Transmision Gagavision" series, the main idea behind the music video of "Poker Face". She said that "I knew I wanted it to be sexy, so I thought no pants, because that's sexy, [...]And I knew I wanted it to be futuristic, so I thought shoulder pads, because that's my thing."

Images

Photography by Meeno Peluce.

Date October 3, 2008
Location Los Angeles, CA Us
Camera EOS-1Ds Mark III by Canon
Make up Sharon "Mama Make-up" Gault
Hair stylist Patricia Morales

Black Crystal Catsuit 01

Lady Gaga is wearing Catsuit, mask, glasses by Haus of Gaga and open toe boots by Givenchy.

Lady Gaga is wearing Capsleeve Dress by Antonio Berardi Fall 2008 RTW Metallic.

Lady Gaga is wearing Black lace angular patchwork leggings by Brian Lichtenberg, Fall 2008 boots by Givenchy, Nude body suit by Unknown and Bri-Angle Necklace by Alex & Chloe (Brian Lichtenberg).

Lady Gaga is wearing Poker Face's Suit and IPod LCD Glasses by Haus of Gaga

Album and Single artworks

Synopsis and fashion credits

Scene 1

The music video takes place by a pool, located on an ocean side villa. The video begins with Lady Gaga emerging out of the pool with a shiny masquerade and black leotard. She throws the mask aside and the song begins with a facial shot of Gaga singing the first verse. Gaga wears a metallic sticker on her left cheek in this shot. The video also features two harlequin great danes and several white mannequins on her swimming pool deck who are supposedly playing her servants.

Lady Gaga: Catsuit, mask, glasses by Haus of Gaga and open toe boots by Givenchy.

Scene 2

Gaga attends a wild party where every man and woman tries their luck on a strip poker game. The party gets wilder when all the party's guests strip down to their underwear, dance around, and share kisses with each other. The next scene is a lounge sofa with a man and Gaga featuring a hair bow with a nude bodysuit. The following one is Gaga dancing poolside with her dancers in a futuristic turquoise leotard with shoulder pads.

Lady Gaga: Fall 2008 RTW Metallic Capsleeve Dress by Antonio Berardi. / Spring 2008 RTW Acrylic Shoulder Piece by Mike Feeney, Black lace angular patchwork leggings by Brian Lichtenberg, Fall 2008 boots by Givenchy / Nude body suit by Unknown and Bri-Angle Necklace by Alex & Chloe (Brian Lichtenberg).

Scene 3

The video also shows Gaga in her trademark Pop Culture sunglasses while sitting beside the pool. The video ends with the head shot of Gaga singing the Mum-mum-mum-ma hook.

Lady Gaga: Poker Face's Suit and IPod LCD Glasses by Haus of Gaga.

Director's cuts

The main version can be found on Lady Gaga's Vevo and iTunes. In the "TV Edit" version of the video, the words "Russian", "gun", and "muffin", are censored out by the "mum-mum-mum-ma" hook. There are seven director cuts of the video, all coming from Ray Kay's website. The "1st Rough Cut" and the second cut feature the words "FX: Tilt Up To Stars" in the end. The "1st Rough Cut" is the same length as the album version of the song, while other cuts are as long as the main video, lacking a chorus and outro. All cuts are similar to the final cut of the video, with the same concept and general theme, however, there are a few scenes that were added, while some were taken out. The images in the LCD-glasses in the released version of the video are photoshopped. In all seven cuts these images were exactly the same, but different to the final version.

Behind the Scenes and Making of

Credits

Song

Personnel

  • All instruments played and programmed — RedOne
  • Recorded — RedOne at Record Plant (Hollywood, California, Us)

Publishing

  • Stefani Germanotta P/K/A Lady Gaga (BMI) Sony/ATV Songs, LLC/ House of Gaga Publishing, LLC / GloJoe Music Inc. (BMI)
  • Sony/ATV Songs, LLC/ Songs of RedOne, LLC (BMI)

Music video

References

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