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So it appears that Katy Perry's new song has ROARed it's way to victory, outselling both Gaga and Thicke. There's no Blurred Lines when it comes to who's going to receive the Applause, ba dum tss. Admittedly, Blurred Lines was a pretty catchy tune, probably because I like Marvin Gaye. However, Katy Perry's song, though the lyrics are rather simplistic, has something that just keeps the song going through your mind. Even the part that, as YouTuber Shane Dawson states, sounds like a gay tiger.

While I'm aware that the song will and already is being overplayed, I thought I'd listen to it repeatedly while reading and analysing the lyrics, which you can see below. I'm not sure if my viewpoint is right, but it's the vibe that I got from the song. I guess my Literature analyst side kind of came out a bit. Either way, I like the song now, even more-so after really looking into the lyrics and finding the meaning I did.

What do you think of the song?
What is your interpretation of the song meaning?

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything
Here I get that Katy Perry was conforming to society's expectations.
She didn't really want to do anything wrong or against the unwritten
rules and because of how our culture is, many people forget we have
more choices than to do what pleases everyone else and is seen as
the acceptable way. This reminds me of William Blake's poem, London:
'I wander thro' each charter'd street / Near where the charter'd Thames
does flow / And mark in every face I meet / Marks of weakness, marks
of woe.' I feel that the last two lines demonstrate that she had been on
such a socially acceptable pedestal, which of course meant standing for
nothing, and because of that pedestal, there was quite a big drop.

You held me down, but I got up
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready cause I?ve had enough
I see it all, I see it now
I feel that this verse implies that after her fall from society's pedestal,
she was condemned or looked down upon, as you are in our wonderful
culture. However, she doesn't care and now she is prepared to make a
huge statement against society because of their wrongdoing. While she
was down, they tried to hold her there and remain being looked down
upon. As stated, she's had enough of the conventional behaviour of
society and does not want to be a part of it. She wants to be herself,
her very own, individual and unique person. Finally, it took the fall from
the idealistic pedestal to come to realise how wrong society truly is.

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
Cause I am a champion and you?re gonna hear me ROAR
Louder, louder than a lion
Cause I am a champion and you?re gonna hear me ROAR
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You?re gonna hear me roar
The eye of the tiger, evidently connected to the meaning of Survivor's Eye
of the Tiger
. The phrase generally signifies death, so here it would perhaps
be metaphorical for the death of something unacceptable. She is focused on
overcoming the expectations and regulations and she is going to be a champion
by destroying those boundaries that are set upon her. With the lion's roar, I
think she is generally just trying to say that she isn't going to let anyone speak
over her and she is going to make sure that her actions are going to be seen
and heard by all.

Now I?m floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero
Butterflies are a connotation of freedom, she is now unbound by the
metaphorical chains of society. She is free to be herself and has no restrictions.
She fought for her freedom to be herself, and she achieved it. She 'earned her
stripes. Like Abraham Lincoln who abolished slavery, and Martin Luther King Jr.
who fought for civil rights and equality are a hero to many in society, she has
freed herself and is her own hero.
I'll try make a habit out of it :). Not sure if I'll be as punny in the others, though haha.
I just like the way you've set it out and gone through it :p Like reading stuff like this :)
Oh my, you're just like me. I was recently listening to a song and I was thinking about what the lyrics meant. I love how you've done this and I may join you in music analysing in the future! :p

I think the meaning is that she's broken out of her shell. She was once quiet, timid and took anything from everyone, but she's gotten away from that, she's sticking up for herself more and now she's happier for doing so.
Wow you'd be really good at stuff like English Literature haha ;) This is one of my fave songs at the moment