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Circlethedrain
Katy Perry
Written by Katy Perry
Tricky Stewart
Monte Neuble
Produced by Tricky Stewart
Background
vocals by
Katy Perry
Length 4:32
from the album TD-Logo
Singles "California Gurls"
"Teenage Dream"
"Firework"
"E.T."
"Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)"
"The One That Got Away"
"Hummingbird Heartbeat" (radio only)
"Part of Me"
"Wide Awake"
Digital single(s) "Not Like the Movies"
"Circle the Drain"
"E.T."

"Circle the Drain" is a song written by Katy Perry, Tricky Stewart, and Monte Neuble. The song is from Perry's sophomore mainstream album, Teenage Dream, and is one of the "anvils" Perry said she needed to get off her chest when starting the record. Alanis Morissette's "You Outta Know" had a huge influence on Perry's inspiration. It's also a way of showing that Perry still has her rock-edge that was found on her album before. The song hints to former drug-addicted boyfriend, Travie McCoy. It is also the third promotional single released as a part of the "Countdown to Katy Perry's Teenage Dream" on August 10, 2010.

Background

Katy Perry has described the song to be about a situation that is our of your hands, and trying to change someone. Perry went on to say that you can't change someone unless they want to be changed. Being a "free, independent woman" is important to Perry and you can't let yourself be anchored down in a relationship because someone is in a self-destructive path. She commented on the F-words saying "it is very appropriate to say the F word when needed."[1] In total, seventeen music engineers contributed to the track's composition. Critics suggest the song is about her former relationship with Gym Class Heroes' lead vocalist Travie McCoy. When finally asked about his opinion on the track, McCoy admitted to hearing about the song, but has never actually listened to the song. Nonetheless he told the interviewer: "I heard she put out a song that's about me, or about some old habits or whatever. [And] I look at it like this: I'm just stoked that she finally has a song with some substance on her record. Good job."

Inspiration for the song

Lyrics

This is the last time, you say
After the last line, you break
It's not even a holiday
Nothing to celebrate

You give a hundred reasons why
And say you're really gonna try
If I had a nickel for every time
I'd own the bank

Thought that I was the exception
I could rewrite your addiction
You could've been the greatest
But you'd rather get wasted

You fall asleep during foreplay
'Cause the pills you take are more your forte
I'm not sticking around to watch you go down
Wanna be your lover, not your fucking mother
Can't be your savior, I don't have the power
I'm not gonna stay and watch you circle the drain
Watch you circle the drain, watch you circle the drain

You say it helps you write your rhymes
Whatever helps you sleep at night
You've become what you despise
A stereotype

You think you're so rock and roll
But you're really just a joke
Had the world in the palm of your hands
But you fucking choked

Should've been my teammate
Could've changed your fate
You say that you love me
You won't remember in the morning

You fall asleep during foreplay
'Cause the pills you take are more your forte
I'm not sticking around to watch you go down
Wanna be your lover, not your fucking mother
Can't be your savior, I don't have the power
I'm not gonna stay and watch you circle the drain
Watch you circle the drain, watch you circle the drain

You fall asleep during foreplay
'Cause the pills you take are more your forte
I'm not sticking around to watch you go down
Wanna be your lover, not your fucking mother
Can't be your savior, I don't have the power
I'm not gonna stay and watch you circle the drain
Watch you circle the drain, watch you circle the drain


Watch you circle the drain, watch you circle the drain

You're going down, you're going down
You're going down, you're going down

You fall asleep during foreplay
Cause the pills you take are more your forte
I'm not sticking around to watch you go down

References

TD-Logo

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