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TeenageDream
Katy Perry
Written by Katy Perry
Greg Wells
Tricky Stewart
Produced by Greg Wells

"Pearl" is a song written by Katy Perry, Greg Wells, and Tricky Stewart for Perry's sophomore mainstream album, Teenage Dream.

Background

Perry said the song is very personal to her and admitted in an interview with Rolling Stones that most people believe the song is meant about a third person, but it's actually about herself. Katy Perry references the novella, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, in the lines, "This love's too strong like "Mice and Men"/Squeezing out the life that should be let in."

Inspiration for the song

Lyrics

She is a pyramid
But with him she's just a grain of sand
This love's too strong
Like Mice And Men
Squeezing out the life
That should be let in
She was a hurricane
But now she's just a gust of wind
She used to set the sails of a thousand ships
Was a force to be reckoned with

She could be a Statue of Liberty
She could be a Joan of Arc
But he's scared of the light that's inside of her
So he keeps her in the dark

Oh, she used to be a pearl
Yeah, she used to rule the world
Can't believe she's become a shell of herself
'Cause she used to be a pearl

She was unstoppable
Move fast just like an avalanche
But now she's stuck deep in cement
Wishing that they never ever met

She could be a Statue of Liberty
She could be a Joan of Arc
But he's scared of the light that's inside of her
So her keeps her in the dark

Oh, she used to be a pearl
Yeah, she used to rule the world
Can't believe she's become a shell of herself
'Cause she used to be a pearl

Do you know that there's a way out
There's a way out, there's a way out, there's a way out
You don't have to be held down
Be held down, be held down, be held down

'Cause I used to be a shell
Yeah, I let him rule my world, my world
But I woke up and grew strong
And I can still go on
And no one can take my pearl

You don't have to be a shell, no
You're the one that rules your world
You are strong
And you'll learn
That you can still go on
And you'll always be a pearl

She is unstoppable

References

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