"Poker Face" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Thinly veiled sexual references put this out of tween reach.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Lady Gaga
Release date:October 28, 2008
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old August 6, 2009
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13
QUALITY
 
Very catchy and I love this song, but the 'bluffin with my muffin' line wasn't really needed...
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old March 8, 2011
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10
QUALITY
 

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's love if it's not rough it isn't fun, fun" and "I wanna roll with him a hard pair we will be" other than that, I luv it!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old April 12, 2011
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Another stupid pop song that mentions sex. Seriously, Lady GaGa? What's with all the sex?
What other families should know
Too much sex

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