If only fame had an IV, baby could I bear
Being away from you, I found the vein, put it in here

from Lady Gaga – Applause Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Fame by itself is a curse. Today’s pop stars have said so, including the one’s that have succumbed to its ignonies.

Only her fans are the ones keeping her from flatlining. They’re the ones that provide the IV fame doesn’t.

Good thing Jay Z has a…Blue IV.

But seriously, it’s clear that Blue’s at least one person keeping Jay Z going. Since Lady Gaga is childless, the closest she has are her fans.

Meanwhile…

Touring the world, connecting with her fan base, and continuing to release music forces Gaga to be in the media spotlight, which she abhors. In this analogy, she likens fame to a disease, the thought of which she can’t bear.

But without the fame, she isn’t able to continue doing what she loves most of all. So Gaga makes the necessary sacrifice and accepts all the pitfalls and tribulations that comes with fame in exchange for being able to tour the world and be close with her fans.

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