Yesterday was the day Katy Perry returned back to the music scene. While this will either make you scream with joy or shrug your shoulders, it is big for me. I have been a KP fan ever since she hit the scene. Her songs are incredibly catchy, her shows are amazing and she’s a very sweet person. What’s not to love? I have to say, I was a bit nervous before the song came out. I wanted it to be good because I wanted her to have a hit again so she would still claim the crown. Luckily, I was not disappointed.
Katy promoted her song Chained to the Rhythm, written by Sia and produced by Max Martin, by putting disco balls all over the globe. You could plug in your earphones and listen to a part of the song. There was no disco ball near me, but a friend of mine recorded it and sent it to me. That’s how I could listen to it and I was happy to hear that it was a catchy chorus which got stuck in my head right away. I thought the song was just going to be another party song, which was cool, but I had hoped for something a little bit deeper. There is enough mindless music around these days already. Once again, that’s fine, but sometimes you want a little more.
However, Katy did not disappoint. The song is not merely a party song. It is a song that definitely has a political message, wrapped up in radio-friendly beats that will make you dance. Honestly, I tried staying still, but my body kept moving. Guess that rhythm did chain me.
Are we crazy?
Living our lives through a lens
Trapped in our white picket fence
So comfortable, we’re living in a bubble, a bubble
So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, the trouble
I guess we are living our lives through a lens these days. Everywhere you go, people are on their phones. Even when you go to a concert, people will experience it through their cameras as opposed to just enjoying it in real time. Sometimes I wish I could live without screens and I leave my phone at home, but I cannot say that I’m not addicted. Perhaps if you look at it like that, you could say that we live in our own bubble. Our world is the most important one. What happens to somebody else is of less importance when it does not affect us. That can certainly cause some dangerous situations.
Aren’t you lonely
Up there in utopia
Where nothing will ever be enough?
While some might live in their own perfect worlds, I think many of us realise the world is changing and not in a good way. Unfortunately, it’s the people with the most power who choose to be blind.
So put your rose-colored glasses on
And party on
To put your rose-colored glasses on implies that you see things more beautiful than they are. This could be a reference back to the living life through a lens part. Look at instagram for example. People try to portray themselves as the best version of themselves, even though it is not close to reality. We make ourselves look better on the internet, and at some point we want to believe that life we created is true. So we just party on and act like everything is cool.
Turn it up, it’s your favorite song
Dance, dance, dance to the distortion
Come on, turn it up, keep it on repeat
Stumbling around like a wasted zombie
Yeah, we think we’re free
Drink, this one is on me
We’re all chained to the rhythm
To the rhythm
To the rhythm
This is definitely the part that keeps getting stuck in my head. A brilliant chorus. We think we’re free but we’re not really. We all dance to the same beat and do as is expected of us, pretty much like zombies. I did turn this up though. It is such a good song.
Are we tone deaf?
Keep sweeping it under the mat
Thought we could do better than that
I hope we can
While you could argue that this part is about music these days and how it is generic, I feel like it has a deeper meaning. I think being tone deaf doesn’t necessarily refer to actually having a bad taste in music. I think it means that we only want to hear what we want to hear and we shut the rest of it out. As long as we can continue living our comfortable lives, who cares what the elite do? We don’t want to speak up unless we are affected and thus we sweep it under the mat. But if we keep doing that, it will only get worse.
It is my desire
Break down the walls to connect, inspire
Ay, up in your high place, liars
Time is ticking for the empire
The truth they feed is feeble
As so many times before
They greed over the people
They stumbling and fumbling
And we’re about to riot
They woke up, they woke up the lions
Well this is definitely referring to the Trump administration. He wants to build a wall, we want to break it. I hope they are right and that time is up soon enough for Trump and his administration. We don’t need somebody to divide us. We need somebody who connects us. When no one does, we will connect with each other and we will inspire each other to do great things. We won’t just accept things just because they happen to us. History has taught us not to. We have to stand up for ourselves and fight like lions.
This song has only made me more excited for the album. I think this song is a perfect demonstration of how to use a good beat to make people sing along. This way, it is easier to get your message across. I’m very proud to call myself a KatyCat, as Katy cares about what’s right.
If you haven’t listened to the song yet, here it is: