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The Fame Monster - Deluxe Edition
Lady Gaga
Writer(s) Lady Gaga
Producer(s) Ron Fair
Co-producer(s) Lady Gaga
Tal Herzberg
Length 4:30

The Fame Monster track listing

"Speechless" is a ballad written by Lady Gaga about her father, from The Fame Monster. The song was produced by Ron Fair and premiered on the Contemporary Art's 30th anniversary gala in Los Angeles on November 14, 2009 with the Bolshoi Ballet and artist Francesco Vezzoli. The song represents her "Fear of Death Monster".
Lady Gaga mentioned in a interview with Billy Bush, that she wanted "Speechless" to be released as a single, but it never recieved such a release.

Writing and recording

When asked about the re-release by Rolling Stone, Gaga said: "I think is the best song I've ever written. It's about my dad, it's a really beautiful ballad. It's piano-driven, and there's no beat on it, it's all live instruments. I produced it with Ron Fair, so we did a full live orchestra, recorded everything with live drums, live guitar and bass with me playing piano. We got that really organic, delicious feeling." Gaga explained in a November 2009 interview that her father, Joseph Germanotta, had a heart condition for approximately fifteen years. She explained, "He has or he had a bad aortic valve, and his body for a very long time was only pumping a third of the blood that you're supposed to get every time his heart beat." She added:

"My mom called me and I was very depressed. I was on tour and I couldn't leave, so I went into the studio and I wrote this song 'Speechless,' and it's about these phone calls. My dad used to call me after he'd had a few drinks and I wouldn't know what to say. I was speechless and I just feared that I would lose him and I wouldn't be there."

She wrote the song in May 2009 in Australia when her father's condition was getting worse and sent it to him as a plea to get the heart surgery. She was willing to give up her music career in order to take care of her mother and sister. The song was written as a plea for Mr. Germanotta to have the open-heart surgery he needed for his condition.

In October 2009, Gaga confirmed that her father had undergone the surgery. "My Daddy had open-heart surgery today. And after long hours, and lots of tears, they healed his broken heart, and mine." she announced through her official Twitter account.

She stated that she hoped the song would inspire her younger fans to appreciate their parents. "I have a lot of fans who are really lovely, young, troubled fans, but I want to remind them that you only get one set of parents." she said. In one concert during the Monster Ball Tour, she has said that Speechless was her favorite song from The Fame Monster out of all the tracks.

Performances

"Speechless" was performed the first time during the Ballet Russe Italian Style (The Shortest Musical You Will Never See Again) on November 14, 2009. It was also performed at the Vevo Launch in late 2009. The first concert she performed it at was The Monster Ball Tour in Montreal. Depending on the audience, Gaga sang  different version, the album "clean" version or the "explicit" version. In the explicit version, the lyrics "And is your punch line just a joke?" is replaced with "And is your drunk line just a joke?", and "Of all my wrecked up friends" with "Of all my fucked up friends". Typical renditions of the song starts on the piano and switch with the band after the first chorus. The piano used for the song is the burnt piano.

Calendar Globe-green Building Globe-share
2009
Nov 14 Us Ballet Russe Italian Style Microphone-icon
Nov 22 American Music Awards Television
Nov 27 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Dec 7 Gb Royal Variety Performance
Dec 8 Us VEVO Launch Event Www page
2010
Jan 15 Us The Oprah Winfrey Show Television
Jan 31 Grammy Award Ceremony
Apr 20 Jp GAGAKOH Www page
May 13 Us The Rainforest Fund Microphone-icon
2011
May 9 Us Robin Hood Gala Microphone-icon
May 12 Gb Annabel's
May 15 BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend

Concert tours

Travel Calendar
Monster Ball: Theater & Arena versions 20092011 (All dates)

Lyrics

Album version

How?
Haaaa-oooo-wow?
H-ooow?

I can’t believe what you said to me
Last night when we were alone
You threw your hands up
Baby you gave up, you gave up

I can’t believe how you looked at me
With your James Dean glossy eyes
In your tight jeans with your long hair
And your cigarette stained lies

Could we fix you if you broke?
And is your punch line just a joke?

I’ll never talk again
Oh boy you’ve left me speechless
You’ve left me speechless, so speechless

And I’ll never love again
Oh boy you’ve left me speechless
You’ve left me speechless, so speechless

I can’t believe how you slurred at me
With your half wired broken jaw
You popped my heart seams
On my bubble dreams, bubble dreams

I can’t believe how you looked at me
With your Johnnie Walker eyes
He’s gonna get you and after he’s through
There’s gonna be no love left to rye

And I know that it’s complicated
But I’m a loser in love
So baby raise a glass to mend
All the broken hearts
Of all my wrecked up friends

I’ll never talk again
Oh boy you’ve left me speechless
You’ve left me speechless so speechless

And I’ll never love again
Oh friend you’ve left me speechless
You’ve left me speechless, so speechless

How?
Haaaa-oooo-wow?
H-ooow?

How?
Haaaa-oooo-wow?
H-ooow?

And after all the drinks and bars that we’ve been to
Would you give it all up?
Could I give it all up for you?

And after all the boys and girls that we’ve been through
Would you give it all up?
Could you give it all up?
If I promise boy, to you

That I’ll never talk again
And I’ll never love again
I’ll never write a song
Won’t even sing along
I’ll never love again

How?

So speechless
You left me speechless, so speechless

Will you ever talk again?
Oh boy, why you so speechless?
You’ve left me speechless, so speechless

Some men may follow me
But you choose “death and company”
Why you so speechless? Oh-oh oh

Demo version

I can’t believe what you said to me,
Last night when we were alone.
You threw your hands up,
And then you gave up, you gave up.

I can’t believe how you looked at me,
With your James Dean glossy eyes.
In your tight jeans with your long hair,
And your cigarette stained lies.

Could we fix it if it broke?
And is your punch line just a joke?

I’ll never talk again,
Oh boy, you've left me speechless,
You’ve left me speechless, so speechless.

And I'll never love again.
Oh friend, you left me speechless,
You've left me speechless, so speechless.

How?
Haaaa-oooo-wow?
H-ooow?

I can’t believe how you looked at me,
With your half wired broken jaw.
You popped my heart seams,
On my bubble dreams, bubble dreams.

I can’t believe how you looked at me,
With your Johnnie Walker eyes.
He’s gonna get you and after he’s through,
There’s gonna be no love left to rye.

Could we fix you if you broke?
And is your drunk line just a joke?

I’ll never talk again.
Oh boy, you’ve left me speechless,
You’ve left me speechless, so speechless.
And I’ll never love again,
Oh friend, you’ve left me speechless,
You’ve left me speechless, so speechless.

How?
Haaaa-oooo-ow?
H-ooow?

Haaaa-oooo-ow?
H-ooow?

And after all the drinks and bars that we’ve been to,
Would you give it all up?
Could I give it all up for you?

And after all the boys and girls that we’ve been through,
Could you give it all up?
Could you give it all up?
If I promise boy, to you.

I’ll never talk again.
And I’ll never love again,
I'll never write a song,
Won't even sing along,
I'll never love again.

Why you so speechless?
You've left me speechless, so speechless.
Will you ever talk again?
Oh boy, why you so speechless?
You've left me speechless.
Will you ever love again?
Oh friend, why you so speechless?
Why you so speechless, so speechless?

Huh huh-huh huh huh
Huh
Huh-uh

Huh huh-huh huh huh
Huh
huh-uh

Huh huh-huh huh huh

Some men may follow me,
But you choose “death and company”.
Why you so speechless?
Oh-oh oh.

Credits

Personnel

  • All vocals and piano — Lady Gaga
  • Instrumentation and arrangement — Lady Gaga, Ron Fair
  • Drums — Abraham Laboriel Jr.
  • Bass — Tal Herzberg
  • All guitars — John L. Goux
  • Recorded — Record Plant (Los Angeles, California, Us)
  • Recording Engineered — Tal Herzberg, Frank Wolf
  • Assistant Engineers — Ryan Kennedy, Tal Oz, Joe Cory
  • Mixed — Jack Joseph Puig

Publishers

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

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