Chinese Seniors Cover Lady Gaga
November 10, 2011 | By Kim Walker
Bad Romance never looked so good, or perhaps bizarre. Here on China’s Hunan TV are a group of seniors singing new lyrics to Lady Gaga’s famous number. Apparently, “gaga” is a play on words for “grandma” in their local dialect.
But despite the smiles, their translated lyrics suggest a life of loneliness as opposed to Gaga’s obsessive romance gone wrong. The choir sings about trying to stay amused in old age and failing to get the attention of their hard-working grown children:
Your working days are too many, you hardly ever come home
At the other end of the phone, you’re always busy with no end in sight
Busy with no end
Busy, busy, busy without end.
Your old folks pass their days learning and finding ways to amuse themselves
Cut back on the little details, but HOLD on to those grand occasions
Have to HOLD on,
Hold, hold, hold, have to HOLD on.
Beloved son, watch the singing on TV
Your father and mother didn’t make any mistakes, did they?
Tonight, HOLD on as you see Mum & Dad within a second GO GAGA!
If you’re satisfied, please stand up and applaud
Don’t make us too nervous
If you’re happy, sing along with us
Give us our moment on stage (?)
All this is good, positive imagery for the ageing population and causes society to recast the image they have of older people.