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Witness
Katy Perry
Written by Katy Perry
Jack Garratt
Produced by Jack Garratt
Co-produced by Noah Passovoy

"Power" is the title of a song by Katy Perry from her fifth studio album, Witness. Perry teased this track twice through her Instagram story by singing along to it while in a car. The song was originally referred to by fans as "Goddess" before being officially revealed during the album's listening party in Berlin, Germany. She said the song is about taking back your power if you feel like you aren't treated the way you should be because we've got that power. The track contains excerpts from "Being with You" written and performed by Smokey Robinson.

Background

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Perry holding "Power" lyrics during the Women's March 2017.

Perry has brought up the lyrics to the song on several occasions, specifically the line "Hell hath no fury like a woman reborn". The lyric was used during an Instagram post Perry made in December 2016 where she declares she will use her voice to speak up on the problems happening around the world on her fourth studio album. She also held up a poster containing the lyric with a background of a lotus flower during the Women's March 2017. Before official production credits for Witness were revealed, Jack Garratt tweeted the lyrics "you can't quiet this thunder, no" indicating he had a hand on the song's creation. [1] Garratt also tweeted a little background story about how his collaboration with Perry came to be saying, "about 2 yrs ago, [Katy Perry] tweeted about my song The Love You're Given. 2 yrs later, I am proud to call her a friend, and collaborator ⚡️".[2]

Lyrics

I was fine before I met you
Truth is that I lost myself inside you
It is not fair to put all that on you
But you took control of a vulnerable soul

Yeah, I am my mother’s daughter
And there are so many things I love
about her
But I have, I have to break the cycle
So I can sit first at the dinner table

(Chorus)
You can't clip my wings
Can't wilt my flowers
Stole my time but I'll make up the hours
'Cause I'm a goddess and you know it
Some respect you better show it
I'm done with you siphoning my power, power

Hell hath no fury like a woman reborn
And now I'm burning like a blue flame
once more
But don't mistake my warmth for weakness
Don't bite the hand that feeds you or you'll
never eat, no oh

(Chorus)
You can't clip my wings
Can't wilt my flowers
Stole my time, but I make up the hours
'Cause I'm a goddess and you know it
Some respect you better show it
I'm done with you siphoning my power, power

And now I'm taking it back
Electric as fuck
You can't quiet this thunder, no
Yeah, I'm taking it back
Lit all the way up
Even in the dark, I glow

(Chorus)
You can't clip my wings
Can't wilt my flowers
Stole my time, but I make up the hours
'Cause I'm a goddess and you know it
Some respect you better show it
I'm done with you siphoning my power, power

References

  • Witness booklet
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