Katy Perry Said What?

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I do not know if you know very much at Katy Perry. I am not very familiar with her music, just a couple of her classy tunes that are played on the radio every twenty minutes. Well apparently Katy writes some other stuff as well.

Check out this song called Who Am I Living For:

Honestly I was blown away by this. The lyrics are very powerful and ask a simple question…”Who am I living for?”

I am really curious as to your thoughts on this song and other stuff that Katy has done. It is well chronicled that Katy is the daughter of a pastor and use to be a CCM artist and is now well Katy Perry. So when listening to this song and realizing that it was recorded in 2010 kinda set me back a little bit. I think my mouth is still open a little bit actually. Not only that, coincidentally (or is it) Justin Wise wrote an encouraging tweet to Katy (found here) the other day and even wrote a blog post about it all.

So what do you think? What strikes you?


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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://www.vivemeanslive.com Patrick Mitchell

    Man, that song has more explicit references to God and Scripture than most worship songs! Very interesting. I was just saying to my wife the other day that there must be nights she lays her head on her pillow and asks what she’s doing…maybe this is evidence of just that.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      you are absolutely right

  • torrie

    Having followed Katy since she was 15 on a tour bus with the Newsboys’ Phil Joel, I’m definitely a committed fan. The girl grew up in church and was writing song like this, possibly even with more depth, while she was in early high school. All that to say this doesn’t really surprise me. She never blatantly rejected the Lord. She’s just (temporarily, I hope) tried to cover him up with sparkles, wit and boob.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      and in some senses we have all covered up the Lord like that, maybe a little differently, but in effect the same

  • http://www.nathandcarrie.com/nathan Nathan

    Yeah dude, I’m with you on this one, completely taken off guard by such strong lyrics – it shocked me really to the extent that I don’t really know what to think. I’m wondering if she’s wrestling with some decisions and this is her cry for help? I don’t know.

    I love what Justin’s doing though – glad you linked to him, I hadn’t stumbled on his site yet.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      ya isn’t that crazy. I mean reading lines like “give me strength like Esther” and the doubt and yet faith in the chorus is humbling and makes you think.

      Justin is on to some good stuff with that. he even got a response from her about it.

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  • http://www.mohan37.com mo

    I think its a question we all need to ask, celebrity or not. I hope there are people close to her to help her find the best answer to that question.

    It’s kind of vogue to follow her these days, but I have to admit Im not up to speed on her popculture footprint. It seemed a little weird, what with all the gyrating.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      Great poing, we all need to ask that question

  • Arthur

    I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with everything that has been said here. “Who Am I Living For?” is no different than any of the “hey, paparazzi, leave me alone” songs that have come out of the industry for years. No where does she say in this song that the one she is living for is the Lord. Rather, it seems more like she is saying she is living for herself, instead of living for the fans or the record label. Sure she throws in the line about Esther, but that’s the only Bible reference. The rest is more Robert Frost or Ralph Waldo Emerson than it is Bible. If it is “spiritual” it’s on the shallow end of the pool.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      that very well could be the case. I tend to lean more on the side that she really is asking herself these questions. But she could also be purely looking out for herself. And even if that is the case it still brings us back into question for ourselves and we can ask ourselves, who are we living for?

      Thanks for your thoughts Arthur.