Hello hello baby you called I can't hear a thing I have got no service In the club, you say? say? Wha-wha-what did you say huh? You're breakin' up on me Sorry I cannot hear you I'm kinda busy (2x) K-kinda busy Sorry I cannot hear you I'm kinda busy
Just a second It's my favorite song they're gonna play And I cannot text you with a drink in my hand, eh? You shoulda made some plans with me You knew that I was free And now you won't stop calling me I'm kinda busy
[Pre-Chorus:] (2x) Stop callin' I don't wanna think anymore I left my head and my heart on the dancefloor Stop callin' Stop callin' I don't wanna talk anymore I left my head and my heart on the dancefloor
[Chorus:] E-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e Stop telephonin' Me-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e I'm busy e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e Stop telephonin' Me-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e Can call all you want but there's no one home And you're not gonna reach my telephone Out in the club And I'm sippin that bubb And you're not gonna reach my telephone Call all you want, but there's no one home And you're not gonna reach my telephone Out in the club And I'm sippin that bubb And you're not gonna reach my telephone
Boy the way you blowing up my phone Won't make me leave no faster Put my coat on faster Leave my girls no faster I shoulda left my phone at home 'Cuz this is a disaster Calling like a collector Sorry, I cannot answer
Not that I don't like you I'm just at a party And I am sick and tired of my phone r-ringing Sometimes I feel like I live in grand central station Tonight I'm not takin' no calls 'Cuz I'll be dancin' I'll be dancin' I'll be dancin' Tonight I'm not takin' no calls Cuz I'll be dancin'
[Pre-Chorus x2] & [Chorus]
[x3] My telephone Ma ma ma telephone 'Cuz I'm out in the club And I'm sippin that bubb And you're not gonna reach my telephone
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"Telephone" is a song by American recording artist Lady Gaga from her second studio album The Fame Monster, featuring American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles. The song was written by Gaga and Rodney Jerkins. The main inspiration behind the song was Gaga's fear of suffocation. The lyrics portray the singer as preferring the dance floor, rather than answer her lover's phone calls. Gaga explained that the telephone addressed in the lyrics of the song, is in reality a person telling her to continue working harder. Musically, the song consists of an expanded bridge, verse-rap and an epilogue where the line is disconnected. Knowles appears in the middle of the song, singing the verses in a rapid-fire way, accompanied by double beats.
"Telephone" was appreciated by contemporary critics who frequently noted it as a stand-out track from The Fame Monster. The song charted in a number of countries due to digital sales, namely in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and Hungary, following the album's release. The song has been particularly successful in Europe, reaching the top of the charts in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom. She performed an acoustic rendition of "Telephone" mixed with "Dance In The Dark" at the 2010 BRIT Awards in memory of Alexander McQueen. It was also added to the setlist of the European leg of The Monster Ball Tour.
Gaga explained that the music video is a continuation of the video for "Paparazzi", and is also shot as a short film. The video features Gaga in a prison, from where she gets bailed out by Beyoncé. They go to a diner where, after a series of events, they kill the guests having breakfast. It ends with Gaga and Beyoncé escaping from the police. Paying homage to Quentin Tarantino and his films Kill Bill (2003–2004) and Pulp Fiction (1994) and Callie Khouri's Thelma & Louise, the video was positively received by critics.