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Katy Perry
Written by Katy Perry
Benjamin Levin
Emeli Sandé
Mikkel Eriksen
Tor Hermansen
Produced by Benny Blanco
Stargate
Length 3:55

"It Takes Two" is a song written by Katy Perry for her fourth studio album, Prism. The song is included on the deluxe edition and was the only deluxe track performed during "Prismatic World Tour". It was registered onto Perry's BMI on October 8, 2013.

Background

Perry told MTV News that she believes it's important to be mature about ending a romance. "It's really easy when relationships end to be like 'That guy was a f---ing douchebag, but really if you laid it down, and you saw the whole span of the relationship, you saw that you were in love, you saw the intimate moments, you saw the pain, you saw all the emotions and you have to kind of say 'Well, what responsibility can I take for myself in all of this.'"

Emeli Sandé, a co-writer for the track recalled the songwriting sessions saying,"Katy Perry was really cool because I got to meet her. We had a studio session for a day. She really understood pop music and what she needed to do – and totally understood how to do everything. Then we went and had dinner afterwards – it was amazing."

Lyrics

Is Mercury in retrograde
Or is that the excuse that I've always made
'Cause I wanna blame you
But I can only blame myself

Yeah, it's easy to throw you under the bus
Or call you crazy while filling my cup
I say these things to hurt you
But I only hurt myself

Oh, I can only take responsibility for me

It takes two
Two sides to every story
Not just you
I can't keep ignoring
I admit half of it
I'm not that innocent

It takes two
Two sides to every story
Not just me
You can't keep ignoring
Let me be first, baby
To say I'm sorry
I'm sorry

I'll face my demons – yeah, I paid my dues
I had to grow up; I wish you could, too
I wanted to save you
But I can only save myself

Oh, I can only be the change you want to see
Yeah, to see

It takes two
Two sides to every story
Not just you
I can't keep ignoring
I admit half of it
I'm not that innocent

It takes two
Two sides to every story
Not just me
You can't keep ignoring
Let me be first, baby
To say I'm sorry
I'm sorry

I point my finger but it does me no good
I look in the mirror, and it tells me the truth, yeah
Why are these lessons always learned the hard way
Is it too late to change

It takes two
Two sides to every story
Not just you
I can't keep ignoring
I admit half of it
I'm not that innocent

It takes two
Two sides to every story
Not just me
You can't keep ignoring
Let me be first, baby
To say I'm sorry
I'm sorry

References

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