"Poker Face" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Poker Face" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Thinly veiled sexual references put this out of tween reach.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 76 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive messages

Lyrics seem to approve of deception when trying to woo someone: "I won't tell you that I love you / Kiss or hug you / 'Cause I'm bluffin'."

Violence
Sex

A couple of eyebrow-raising references, such as: "I'll get him hot, show him what I've got," and "When it's love / If it's not rough / It isn't fun."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this song's lyrics don't include explicit sexual descriptions or graphic language, they do contain euphemisms ("I'm bluffin' with my muffin") that allude to mature sexual situations.

User Reviews

Adult Written bypeaceluvndrama August 7, 2010
Parent of a 3, 10, 11, 12, 15, and 17 year old Written byAlyssa_299 July 31, 2010
Both my girls like it.
Kid, 12 years old April 12, 2011
Another stupid pop song that mentions sex. Seriously, Lady GaGa? What's with all the sex?
Kid, 12 years old March 8, 2011

Catchy and Iffy

This is one of my favorite songs, it is so catchy. But she says things like "I'll get him hard, show him what I've got", "When it'... Continue reading

What's the story?

The dance-floor domination continues for Lady GaGa with the single POKER FACE, off her album The Fame. The songwriter-turned-singer keeps her good thing going in this song,
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Is it any good?

Like on "Just Dance," where she sang about blacking out from too much alcohol on the dance floor, the message on "Poker Face" trumps the music, with GaGa giving a somewhat troubling account of how playing games to win over the object of your affections is not only acceptable but even fun. Parents should talk to teens about how this approach can end in heartache when everyone eventually has to lay all their cards on the table.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the consequences of building relationships based on deception. What could ultimately happen to a relationship in which people hide their personalities at the outset? How does it feel to bury your true thoughts in front of someone you care about? What's more important -- winning or forming a bond based on mutual respect?

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