You are a Firework

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.

Fireworks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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?

32 thoughts on “You are a Firework

    1. When listening to songs as background, one tends to hear the rhythmn and the chorus. When I have the song plugged into my ears, I hear the words better – especially when I am exercising and I want to turn my mind away from the humdrum of walking on the treadmill.


    1. It is my 10 year old who introduced me to the song. I sometimes listen to what they are listening to see whether it is age appropriate. Not all her songs are, but this one is.


  1. No question that many lyrics are poetry to music … Interestingly, I’m not one who focuses on lyrics. I know I miss a lot, but I enjoy the wholeness of the music.Thanks to you tip, I watched the video. Well done and that message is clear. As for me, I’m fairly even keeled – but focus on the bright side.


  2. One of my favorite songs! I first heard it at the Texas State Fair, then again at New Year’s. I don’t listen to the radio, so I didn’t know anything about it, but I had to look it up. Now it’s on my ‘Favorites’ playlist.


  3. Nice post, Cousin Colline! I often only listen to the melody and it’s nice when the lyrics mean something in life, instead of the repeated digitized 3 or 4 word lyrics we get nowadays.


  4. Thanks Colline for this great post…you got me thinking…one thing that resonates for me, is that
    although most every one in her video is very young….fireworks can sputter a bit,,and when you’re a little farther along in life…watch out!! The fireworks really get going 🙂


    1. What you say is true – it made me think that her audience is mainly the young (they are the one’s who buy music and have the time to watch music vidoes). I think the older we get, the more sure we are of ourselves. And then we can really cause a show 🙂


  5. This post reminds me of what happened to my daughter recently. Sorry nothing to do with Katy Perry, but similar. She loves Taylor Swift and was so excited to go to her concert. She, and her friends, were picked to go into some special place where they could be really close to Taylor while she sang about 3 songs. Klara was so excited and she shouted to Taylor “You inspire me to live my life”, apparently Taylor looked at her and laughed. But Klara knows all her songs and Taylor Swift is a real inspiration to her, her songs talk to her. I think that is an amazing thing to find, an artist that talks to you. Sounds like you found one.


    1. That is what is so great about Taylor Swift – and all the songs I know of her are what I like to call “clean” songs (no swearing or sexual innuendos). It is good to know that what your daughter is singing is inspirational.


  6. Wow – I can so relate to the plastic bag floating and being so paper thin. I have felt both sides of this song the low of being ignored and the high of being the lead bird in the flock. These days I seem to be in a small decline but songs like this inspire me to not be drawn down into the abyss of pity.

    Thanx for your great expression of the song. I might actually have to send the link to Katy. And yes we also love the wholsome music of Taylor.



  7. Oh, I love Katy Perry’s music! What an awesome woman she is and what a lovely post once again Colline! You are one amazing woman as well! Great post hon. 🙂
    *big hugs*


  8. Hey Colline
    Do you remember when we were talking about Katy Perry songs, last time you were over? This was the inspirational song I was talking about!!
    I love to listen to the words of songs, they are the poetry that speaks to us all and does defy generational boundaries, being understood by all generations! When I hear a song, I’ll often think of someone the song reminds me of. When I hear that song, it soothes my heart a little for the pain I know they are going through. When my daughter was going through a difficult time in her life, I heard the Deborah Cox song “Beautiful U R’ and always thought of her. It made me feel like Deborah and I were singing to her heart!!! I asked her to listen to it and think of me n’ Deb signing it to her. I hoped it would ease her pain.
    This song makes me think of no one in particular, but all the teens who are feeling alone out there – you are amazing…be a firework!!!!!


    1. Yes, I do remember Darlene. That conversation made me search for the lyrics so that I could study them as I would a piece of poetry. I would wish that not only teens are listening to the song, but any person who feels that they are currently worthless and will never shine.


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