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Katy Perry
Written by Katy Perry
Greg Wells
Produced by Greg Wells
Background vocals by Katy Perry

"Fingerprints" is a song written by Katy Perry and Greg Wells for Perry's album, One of the Boys. The song is about Perry knowing there is more to life and she is going to live life to the fullest, leaving behind a legacy. The song was performed on the Hello Katy Tour.

Background

The song was recorded during the sessions after (A) Katy Perry was ultimately shelved by Columbia Records, being intended for an album entitled Fingerprints meant to be released sometime between 2006 and 2007. The majority of the tracks from those sessions ended up going towards the final track list for One of the Boys. The song was released alongside "Box" in 2006 in as a Summer sampler from Direct Management Group Licensing. The version on the sampler is the same as was released on the album. There is an extended, uncensored version of the song that has a longer intro than the album version, but it has yet to surface online.

Images of the official promo CD compilation released by Direct Management Group for Summer 2006.[1]

Lyrics

Album version

Voted most likely
to end up on the back of a milk box drink
Looks like I'm letting 'em down
'Cause $7.75
Isn't worth an hour of my hard working time
When you cant afford half the sh**
they advertise
Oh I'm worth more then an X
More then the toe-tag generation
full of regrets
Oh I won't settle no oh
Oh I can't settle

I wanna break the mold
Wanna break the stereotype
Fist in the air
I'm not going down with out a fight

(Chorus)
It's my life
And I'm not sitting on the sidelines
watching it
Pass me by
I'm leaving you my legacy
I gotta make my mark
I gotta run it hard
I want you to remember me
I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints on you

Representing you and me
Don't you wanna go down in history
Rather then end up
Begging on the streets
Trading under table favors
For a place to sleep

'Cause I'm worth more than this
So stop writing prescriptions
for more Ritalin
I can focus my attention

I wanna break the mold
Wanna break the stereotype
Fist in the air
I'm not going down with out a fight

(Chorus)
It's my life
And I'm not sitting on the sidelines
watching it
Pass me by
I'm leaving you my legacy
I gotta make my mark
I gotta run it hard
I want you to remember me
I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints

Don't give up
But don't give in
Build your house on the rock
Oh not in the sand, in the sand, in the sand,
in the sand

(Chorus)
It's my life
and I'm not sitting on the sidelines
watching it
Pass me by
I'm leaving you my legacy
I gotta make my mark
I gotta run it hard
I want you to remember me

It's my life
and I'm not sitting on the sidelines
watching it
Pass me by
I'm leaving you my legacy
I gotta make my mark
I gotta run it hard
I want you to remember me
'Cause I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints, in the END

Uncensored version

Voted most likely
to end up on the back of a milk box drink
Looks like I'm letting 'em down
'Cause $7.75
Isn't worth an hour of my hard working time
When you cant afford half the shit
they advertise
Oh I'm worth more then an X
More then the toe-tag generation
full of regrets
Oh I won't settle no oh
Oh I can't settle

I wanna break the mold
Wanna break the stereotype
Fist in the air
I'm not going down with out a fight

(Chorus)
It's my life
And I'm not sitting on the sidelines
watching it
Pass me by
I'm leaving you my legacy
I gotta make my mark
I gotta run it hard
I want you to remember me
I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints on you

Representing you and me
Don't you wanna go down in history
Rather then end up
Begging on the streets
Trading under table favors
For a place to sleep

'Cause I'm worth more than this
So stop writing prescriptions
for more Ritalin
I can focus my attention

I wanna break the mold
Wanna break the stereotype
Fist in the air
I'm not going down with out a fight

(Chorus)
It's my life
And I'm not sitting on the sidelines
watching it
Pass me by
I'm leaving you my legacy
I gotta make my mark
I gotta run it hard
I want you to remember me
I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints

Don't give up
But don't give in
Build your house on the rock
Oh not in the sand, in the sand, in the sand,
in the sand

(Chorus)
It's my life
and I'm not sitting on the sidelines
watching it
Pass me by
I'm leaving you my legacy
I gotta make my mark
I gotta run it hard
I want you to remember me

It's my life
and I'm not sitting on the sidelines
watching it
Pass me by
I'm leaving you my legacy
I gotta make my mark
I gotta run it hard
I want you to remember me
'Cause I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints
I'm leaving my fingerprints, in the END

Credits

  • All instruments — Greg Wells
  • Recorded — Greg Wells at Rocket Carousel Studio (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Mixed — Joe Zook at Aus Studios (Studio City, CA)

Publishing

  • Published by When I'm Rich You'll Be My Bitch [ASCAP] administrated by WB Music Corp.
  • Son Of Reverend Bill Music/EMI Blackwood Inc. [BMI].

References

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