"Pearl" as written by and Katy/stewart Perry....
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-cane-cane-cane
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, oh
Yeah, she used to rule the world, oh
Can't believe she's become a shell of herself
'Cause she used to be a pearl

She was unstoppable
Moved fast as light, like an avalanche
But now she's stuck deep in cement
Wishing that they'd 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 he keeps her in the dark

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

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, oh, yeah

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 shell, no
You're the one that rules your world, oh
You are strong and you'll learn
That you can still go on

And you'll always be a pearl

She is unstoppable


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"Pearl" as written by Christopher Stewart Katy Perry

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    General CommentI had a friend named Pearl who died this year.

    When I heard this song I had tears, especially the lines...

    "But I woke up and grew strong
    And I can still go on
    And no one can take my pearl"

    I understand what she's trying to say with the relationship bit, but I guess that's why words are so great. They mean different things to different people. This song makes me remember my friend. The memory of her life lives on.
    purelove80son September 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about when you get seriously hurt by your ex and you just feel so weak and lose all the strength you once had because you cared about that person so much. This song is my favorite on the album =).
    JacobLasheron September 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about a girl whos not strong in a realtionship, basiclly she used to be strong and everything but now shes getting used. Loveee this songgg
    CapricornChickieon August 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh, she's a gem.
    thrwmyhrtawy.on August 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think to me, It is like the relationship I was in a few months ago.
    It lasted almost 2 years and I loved him with all my heart, but he was controlling and paranoid and it changed me completely. I lost all my friends and lost my life, I moved out and movedin with him, I thre my whole life away to be with him. The relationship wasn't healthy at all and in hindsight, i'm glad to be out of there, but when he told me to go home and when I did, It broke my heart into pieces.

    This song relates to all that perfectly. I was a pearl, but then just a shell. But now I won't let anyone take my pearl again. Thank you, Katy :3
    NinjaNatariion December 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about losing yourself in a relationship. "She is a pyramid, but with him she's just a grain of sand". Normally she is strong willed and independent but within the relationship she's lost a part of herself and is just a shadow of what she used to be . I especially like the part "Yeah I used to be a shell, I let him rule my world", especially because I was in a situation similar to this..I relied all my happiness on him and essentially let him rule my world even though he didn't treat me very well. We aren't together anymore, and I'm slowly getting my pearl back, and I feel great and better off without him. Realize your self-worth, and the fact that YOU rule your world and your happiness!
    almostfamous34on December 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionPearl is about an abusive relationship.
    HaleyElizabethon February 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about being in an abusive relationship. The woman used to be a pyramid, a hurricane, unstoppable, etc, but the relationship makes her a grain of sand, a gust of wind, etc. She's not the same person anymore, she's a shell. Basically it changed her from this strong, independent woman to a weak, vulnerable one.

    My favorite part is when Katy sings about how she used to be a shell, but she turned herself back into a pearl. And the very last lyric "she is unstoppable", gives hope that the woman in this song left the abusive man and turned back into a pearl.
    bsfan18on June 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is about Rihanna and Chris Brown. Just my opinion though.
    raininblackon November 03, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis reminds me of my relationship. like, i used to be strong and when i got with him he controlled me and i went with it. my friends noticed it, but i didn't care. i just wanted to be with him. and i lost all the strength i used to have. i was completely in the dark because i didn't realize what he was doing to me. i didn't do anything without him. and when he broke it off, i was heartbroken. and then months later i now realize what he did to me. and i hate him for it. this is completely what this song is about.
    LovingHateon April 04, 2012   Link

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