I find frequently that the lyrics to songs are poetry that has been put to music. And often I am astounded by what the lyrics are when I listen carefully to the words of the song. Never did I think that Katy Perry would sing about low self-esteem; and encourage those who think little of themselves. In her song, Firework, this is exactly what she does.
The opening words of this pop song refers to a person who has been put aside and rejected as worthless; a person who is so fragile that their strength is compared to that of a stack of cards
Do you ever feel like a plastic bag,
Drifting through the wind
Wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards,
One blow from caving in?
The song aims at those as well who feel that they are not being heard by others. They are unheard no matter how loud and how often they speak. The pop singer is singing to those who feel that they have lost their voice.
Do you ever feel already buried deep?
6 feet under screams but no one seems to hear a thing
Katy Perry sings to these people, telling them that not all is lost; that they have something within them that can start a change starting with themselves. They have the potential to begin something new and appealing from within themselves.
Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you
All they need to do is allow themselves to begin this change; to take the first step that will lead to a change in the way people will look at them and perceive them.
You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July
‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh”
As you shoot across the sky
Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colours burst
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh”
All people have the potential to astound others, to draw others to them – just as a show of fireworks astounds and delights the viewers.
The colloquial language of the teens is used in the song so that the words can touch their hearts with ease – and yet it is a language that all adults can relate to as well. There are often times in which we may feel that we “waste space”; times during which we feel unsure of our place in a group or situation.
You don’t have to feel like a wasted space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
Do not believe, we are told, that after a “mess” or a mistake, something positive cannot occur. Rainbows comes after storms; something positive can happen after a catastrophe.
After a hurricane comes a rainbow
And remember that when one door closes, another opens.
Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow
And when it’s time, you’ll know
(Copyright Katy Perry)
Watch the song and listen to the words. The video itself is thought-provoking and ties in nicely with the lyrics:
Are you a firework? Do you allow to let yourself shine?