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Katy Perry’s ‘Wide Awake’ Hits Web, Addresses Romantic Split

Katy Perry
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It’s hard to ignore the fact that art often imitates life. Katy Perry‘s ‘Wide Awake’ from the forthcoming ‘Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection’ has hit the web and it’s a moody, mid-tempo song about saying goodbye to someone you are breaking up with.

It’s about sifting through the myriad of emotions that go along with the pain of splitting after experiencing that euphoric high of falling in love. We’ve all been there, done that, and this song can provide comfort. However, Perry is right there in the public eye as she navigates a divorce. It’s impossible to think that her personal trials and tribulations aren’t informing her work in some cosmic way.

While many critics complain that Perry’s voice is thin at best, a criticism that is levied at most pop starlets who tend to look better than they sing, ‘Wide Awake’ shows us she can sing and deliver a lyric bursting with emotion. When she sings “I’m falling from cloud nine / Crashing from the high / I’m letting go tonight” and “I’m trying to hold on / God knows I’ve tried / Seeing the bright side / I’m not blind anymore,” we can feel her pain and we hurt with her. She falls from cloud nine — we fall with her.

It’s a sonic, stylistic and thematic foil for her other new song ‘Part of Me,’ where KP declares her independence after a relationship gone wrong with venom, vigor and a renewed sense of self. Here, she’s melancholic and in a different stage of heartbreak, where she’s accepting it and realizing that things were not as they seemed. She hasn’t gotten to the angry phase yet; she arrives there on ‘Part of Me.’

Even if this song was written years ago, like Perry claims ‘Part of Me’ was, it’s hard not to think her failed relationship with Russell Brand somehow factors into this song.

‘Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection’ lands on March 26.

Listen to Katy Perry, ‘Wide Awake’

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