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Witness
Katy Perry
Written by Katy Perry
Max Martin
Ali Payami
Savan Kotecha
Produced by Max Martin
Ali Payami

"Witness" is the title track to Katy Perry's fifth studio album, Witness. The song was speculated to serve as the second single according to Capitol FM[1], but removed the announcement after proved false.

Background

Witness1.3leak

Witness SoundCloud leak.

The demo of the song leaked online after Perry's social media was hacked on May 30, 2016.[2] The hacker leaked the song through their own SoundCloud account under the name "Witness 1.3" and the artist name as "sl*t".[3]. The leak was an early stage demo of the song for inclusion for Perry's upcoming album. Perry shared a snippet of the song through her Instagram story on March 24, 2017.

Promotion for the song started May 13, 2017, almost en entire year after the song's initial leak. May 14, Perry released a snippet of the chorus of the final version of the song through her twitter account.[4] The song was confirmed the song will be the first track of the album before her show at The Water Rats in London, United Kingdom during a livestream with CapitalFM. She told CapitalFM that the song is about "being seen and heard".[5] During an exclusive album listening party in Berlin, she said that one of the boys she used to date had asked her at the end of 2015 what the first song she'd write for a new record would be. She liked the word "Witness" and the title, and held a lot of meaning to her. She started writing the song weeks or even months later.

Lyrics

If I lost it all today, would you stay
Could my love be enough to stimulate
If shit hit the fan, grenades got thrown, would you still show, oh
Could you go down with me to the mat
Could we get back up and eventually laugh
Roll eyes at highs, cheers in the lows, and stay in the flow, o-o-o

'Cause I, I only got this life
And I ain't got the time, no
Not to get it right, oh

(Chorus)
We're all just looking for a connection
Yeah, we all want to be seen
I'm looking for someone who speaks my language
Someone to ride this ride with me
Can I get a witness, witness
Will you be my witness, witness
I'm just looking for a witness in all of this
Looking for a witness to get me through this

When you tell me everything, and there's no holes
You can scroll through anything, you've
got the codes
Nothing to hide
It's all in the eyes
And we just know, o-o-o

'Cause I, I only got this life
And I ain't got the time, no
Not to get it right, oh

(Chorus)
We're all just looking for a connection
Yeah, we all want to be seen
I'm looking for someone who speaks my language
Someone to ride this ride with me
Can I get a witness, witness
Will you be my witness, witness
I'm just looking for a witness in all of this
Looking for a witness to get me through this

Will you be my witness
Could you be the one that speaks for me
Will you be my witness

(Chorus)
We're all just looking for a connection
Yeah, we all want to be seen
I'm looking for someone who speaks my language
Someone to ride this ride with me
Can I get a witness, witness
Will you be my witness, witness
I'm just looking for a witness in all of this
Looking for a witness to get me through this

References

  • Witness Booklet
Witness-Logo

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