911

Album: Chromatica (2020)
  • Lady Gaga references her addictive and self-destructive behavior issues during this robotic house number.

    My biggest enemy is me ever since day one
    Pop a 911, then pop another one


    Gaga told Apple Music's Zane Lowe this song is about the antipsychotic medication she takes, which acts as an emergency reset for her. "It's because I can't always control things that my brain does," she explained. "I know that. And I have to take medication to stop the process that occurs."
  • Gaga takes a prescription drug called Olanzapine. The Mother Monster has battled mental issues since a traumatic teenage experience of being sexually assaulted by a music producer 20 years her senior. She details the mental problems that led to her taking antipsychotic medication on the song's first verse.

    Turnin' up emotional faders
    Keep repeating self-hating phrases
    I have heard enough of these voices
    Almost like I have no choice
    This is biological stasis
    My mood's shifting to manic places


    Olanzapine, sold under the trade name Zyprexa among others, is primarily used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Gaga wrote the song with:

    Her regular collaborator BloodPop, who served as Chromatica's principal producer.

    French DJ Madeon, who also worked with Gaga on her Artpop album.

    Songwriter Justin Tranter, whose other credits include Justin Bieber's "Sorry," Hailee Steinfeld's "Love Myself" and Selena Gomez's "Good For You."
  • 911 is the national emergency dial number in the United States. Other artists who have used it as a metaphor include Jordin Sparks and Tyler, the Creator.

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