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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

[Verse 1]:
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,
I'll call you crazy, while I'm filling my cup.
I say these things to hurt you,
But I only hurt myself.

[Chorus]:
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, oh yeah.
It takes two, two sides to every story,
Not just me.
You can't keep ignoring
But let me be first baby to say "I'm sorry".
("I'm sorry".)

[Verse 2]:
I 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 changing one to see,
Yeah, to see.

[Chorus]:
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, yeah, oh.
It takes two, two sides to every story,
Not just me.
You can't keep ignoring
But let me be first baby to say "I'm sorry".
("I'm sorry".)

[Bridge]:
I point my finger but it does me no good.
I look in the mirror and it tells me truth, yeah.
Why all these lessons always learned the hard way.
Is it too late to change?

[Chorus]:
Oh, it takes two (it takes two),
Two sides to every story.
Not just you (not you).
I can't keep ignoring.
I admit half of it,
I'm not that innocent, oh.
It takes two (it takes two),
Two sides to every story,
Not just me (not me).
You can't keep ignoring
But let me be first baby to say "I'm sorry".
("I'm sorry, I'm sorry".)

References

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