Michael Buble’s Hollywood is a really fun song about fame that makes you want to get up and dance. It highlights heaps of things that might come your way if you get famous:
Could you be a teenage idol?
Could you be a movie star?
When I turn on my TV, will you smile and wave at me,
telling Oprah who you are?
So you want to be a rock star,
with blue-eyed bunnies in your bed?
But all this stuff you might dream of doing has a price tag; a selling of oneself:
Well, remember when you’re rich that you sold yourself for this,
you’ll be famous ’cause you’re dead
That’s why he argues you don’t need Hollywood to be successful:
So don’t go higher for desire
Put in in your head,
baby, Hollywood is dead,
you can find it in yourself
In fact, you might be a more desirable person without it:
I don’t want to take you dancin’
when you’re dancin’ with the world
You can flush your caviar and your million dollar car,
I don’t need that kind of girl
But if you do make it big, send some gold because that’s all you’ll have:
But if you get to California, save a piece of gold for me.
And it’s the only thing you’ll save,
but I’ll bet you’ll never wave when I watch you on TV.
The only thing here is, you won’t save it, in the sense that you can’t really keep it.
As other works seem to have suggested to me, fame may not be all that it’s cracked up to be, and it always seems to involve some kind of exchange. Pleasingly Buble suggests here that you can succeed without it: Keep on lovin’ what is true and the world will come to you, you can find it in yourself. Does Buble suggest loving the right things and using your talents will result in good things? People can be trapped by fame without Hollywood too. Or is he redefining success in a broader way (“the world”) without reference to fame here? Either way, loving what is true is definitely a good place to start, but only if we have some way of knowing ‘what is true’.