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Katy Perry

Wide Awake

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playI’m wide awake
playI’m wide awake

playI’m wide awake
playYeah, I was in the dark
playI was falling hard
playWith an open heart
playI’m wide awake
playHow did I read the stars so wrong

playI’m wide awake
playAnd now it’s clear to me
playThat everything you see
playAin’t always what it seems
playI’m wide awake
playYeah, I was dreamin’ for so long

playI wish I knew then
playWhat I know now
playWouldn’t dive in
playWouldn’t bow down
playGravity hurts
playYou made it so sweet
play‘Til I woke up on
playOn the concrete

playFallin’ from cloud 9
playCrashin’ from the high
playI’m lettin’ go tonight
playYeah I’m fallin’ from cloud 9

playI’m wide awake
playNot losing any sleep
playI picked up every piece
playAnd landed on my feet
playI’m wide awake
playNeed nothing to complete myself, no

playI’m wide awake
playYeah, I am born again
playOut of the lion’s den
playI don’t have to pretend
playAnd it’s too late
playThe story’s over now, the end

playI wish I knew then
playWhat I know now
playWouldn’t dive in
playWouldn’t bow down
playGravity hurts
playYou made it so sweet
play‘Til I woke up on
playOn the concrete

playFallin’ from cloud 9
play(It was outta the blue, I’m)
playCrashin’ from the high
playI’m lettin’ go tonight
play(Yeah, I’m lettin’ you go, I’m)
playI’m fallin’ from cloud 9

playI’m wide awake
playThunder rumbling
playCastles crumbling
playI’m wide awake
playI am trying to hold on
playI’m wide awake
playGod knows that I tried
playSeeing the bright side
playI’m wide awake
playI’m not blind anymore

playI’m wide awake
playI’m wide awake

playYeah I’m fallin’ from cloud 9
play(It was outta the blue, I’m)
playCrashin’ from the high
playYou know I’m letting go tonight
play(Yeah, I’m lettin’ you go, I’m)
playI’m fallin’ from cloud 9

playI’m wide awake
playI’m wide awake
playI’m wide awake
playI’m wide awake
playI’m wide awake

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meaningMeaning

"Wide Awake" is lyrically about the reality of a break up and moving on, which many have believed to have been written about Perry's ex-husband, Russell Brand, since it was written and recorded after the divorce

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vocabulary Vocabulary

hold on

To manage to stay alive or to deal with a difficult situation:

  1. We just had to hold on until help arrived.

wide awake

Completely awake.


read the stars so wrong

Some people believe in reading the stars as the stars is telling their future. Katy’s referring to making wrong decisions in life that created her destiny/future.


bow down

bend, kneel in respect

  1. She was asked to bow down in front of a statue of their god.

dive in

plunge into water

  1. The water was very cold here, and it took a few seconds to prepare myself mentally before I could dive in.

concrete

material

  1. A statue made of concrete is at the entrance to the park.

cloud 9

figurative (blissfully happy)

  1. Children are on cloud nine when they get their favorite desserts.

picked up

To gather or collect

  1. Please pick up the pieces.
  2. Pick the pieces up.

den

animal's lair

  1. The wounded animal hid in its den.

pretend

to behave in a particular way because you want someone to believe that something is true when it is not

  1. We were never going to make the marriage work, so why pretend?

crumbling

structure: falling apart. To (cause to) break into small fragments

  1. The ancient paper crumbled in his hands.

rumbling

making low rolling sound


hold on

stay courageous or patient. wait, maintain position

  1. Hold on till I get there!

bright side

consider positive aspects


blind

sightless, unable to see

  1. He has been blind since birth

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