"Roar" as written by Katy Perry, Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald, Bonnie Leigh Mckee and Henry Russell Walter....
I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, your hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready 'cause I had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You're gonna hear me roar!

Now I'm floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero

You held me down, but I got up (hey!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, your hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready 'cause I've had enough
I see it all, I see it now

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You're gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You're gonna hear me roar!

Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar!

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You're gonna hear me roar!

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You're gonna hear me roar!


Lyrics submitted by iholdher, edited by bethanyt, yana562

"Roar" as written by Katy Perry, Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald, Bonnie Leigh Mckee, Henry Russell Walter

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  • +5
    My InterpretationThis song is so uplifting! My friend asked me to listen to it a few days ago and I swear I'm in love.

    "I used to bite my tongue and hold my breathe,
    scared to rock the boat and make a mess,
    so I sat quietly, agreed politely"

    In the beginning she talks about how things used to be and the chorus just throws all the passiveness out of the window and introduces a "new era" of speaking up, being confident in yourself, and standing your ground. This song made my day when I heard it. It's THEE most empowering thing I have ever heard. LOVE IT!!

    "Cause I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar"
    jewelieeeon August 25, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI noticed a few points:
    "Tiger Eye", "I am the Champion" (We are the Champions)
    old songs :)
    I think there are some things like "Dancing through the fire", a book.
    Writer too - so called Katheryn, and the Katy Perry's video begins and ends as oil painting (so also the book cover)
    "Now I'm floating like a butterfly, Stinging like a bee" = similar to Muhammad Ali's quote : "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee"

    And maybe there's more :)
    ctrlaltdel23on September 11, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentTo me, this song represents overcoming the complex struggles of an abusive relationship.

    The lines: I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath. Scared to rock the boat and make a mess. So I sat quietly, agreed politely; accurately describe what many women feel in an abusive relationship. The abuser often has an explosive temper, which makes the victim feel as though walking on eggshells, or "scared to rock the boat." So in order to avoid upsetting her abuser and risking him acting violently, she "sat quietly and agreed politely."

    The lines: I guess that I forgot I had a choice. I let you push me past the breaking point. I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything; describe how many victims feel in abusive relationships. There is a sort of learned hopelessness that occurs. Abusers isolate their victims and tactfully (and gradually) introduce abuse to the relationship. Victims often times "lose their sense of self" because they become accustomed to the mistreatment of their abuser. Victims will devalue themselves over time, and often times endure the abuse, forgetting that they deserve to be loved, valued, and appreciated. "I let you push me past the breaking point" indicates instead of getting out of the relationship, the victim endured the continuous abuse.

    You held me down, but I got up. Already brushing off the dust. You hear my voice, your hear that sound. Like thunder, gonna shake the ground. You held me down, but I got up. Get ready 'cause I had enough. I see it all, I see it now; indicates both the physical nature of many abusive relationship in which abusers will physically restrain/hold down/ attack their victims, but also the emotional and psychological nature of abusive relationships in which victims feel restrained and held captive. These lines show the victim gaining her sense of self back and voicing her own opinion and realizing her worth as a human being. Often times, it takes a victim in an abusive relationship a long time to recognize how severe the abuse is and that they need to escape the relationship. The lines "I see it all, I see it now" indicates the victim's awakening and healing.

    The lines: I got the eye of the tiger, the fire. Dancing through the fire. 'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar. Louder, louder than a lion. 'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar; show that the victim is overcoming the struggle and is championing herself. She is fighting to take her life back from her abuser. She has had enough of the abuse and realizes she deserves so much better.

    The lines referencing Muhammed Ali, "Now I'm floating like a butterfly, Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes" indicate she now has the strength to fight. "I went from zero, to my own hero" show her rising up from her depression and helplessness of the abusive relationship.
    EyeOfTheTiger8on September 16, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionIn terms of song meanings and the music video, I think that this song "Roar" digitally released on August 12, 2013 contains allusions to do with her relationship with Russell Brand, her growth as a human being and the people who helped her.

    When we look at Katy Perry's personal history from wikipedia it is stated that:

    "After fourteen months of marriage, Brand filed for divorce on December 30, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences. The marriage was legally dissolved in July 2012.[188] Katy Perry: Part of Me revealed that their conflicting career schedules and him wanting children before she was ready led to the end of the marriage.[2] In June 2013, she revealed in an interview with Vogue that Brand did not like the idea of her "being the boss" of things and never spoke to her again after sending a text message that he was divorcing her.[125] She also mentioned in a late September 2013 interview with Billboard that she was initially so distraught over the divorce that she contemplated suicide.[189]"

    In her the video "Katy Perry - Making of the "Roar" Music Video" she refers to her partner in the video as her "boyfriend", I think this may be symbolic to her then husband Russel Brand. Her reaction of getting a text message for divorce can be seen as cowardly, Russel Brand is a man, but she cuts off his "manhood" by reinterpreting him as a "boyfriend", because I think that for her, a man would not try to inform a significant other of divorce through text. At the start of the music video, we can see that Katy's "boyfriend" was enjoying the chaos of the plane crash and just having fun with it, taking selfies (a sure sign of narcissistic behaviour) and more concerned about himself rather than as a team, he has also put his baggage on Katys shoulder. (the baggage could be personal issues). Fans of Russel Brand will know that he is a "fun" type of guy, but we are also told from the wikipedia article that he wanted to have children. I have an impression that Katy feels that it would bring her career down (the crashed airplane symbolic of her career) and she doesn't see Russel capable of being mature enough to handle the responsibility. I think she had an epiphany that he may not be the right person for her in a relationship involving procreation.

    Katy Perry also used double entendre for the representation of the tiger. Common symbolism for the tiger from (spiritanimal.info) is:

    The primary meaning of the tiger spirit animal is willpower, personal strength and courage; Shadow or part of you that you would normally try to hide or reject.
    Aggression or anger directed at you or felt towards someone;Unpredictability in life, actions or feelings.

    In the lyrics and music video we can see her reflection as that of a tiger and voice coming out to form the tiger, with the tiger (part of you that you would normally try to hide or reject) coming from within her and subduing the outer tiger (Unpredictability in life, actions or feelings), being lost in the jungle (the jungle I think in this case represents her mental and emotional health in which the wikipedia article states that she was distraught over the divorce and contemplated suicide) but eventually she found herself in the jungle because in the music video she renamed the tiger "Kitty Purry". The video shows that she reached the top of the jungle and in the distance she could see birds (freedom) and by being in a position of height is an allusion to how she grew up and was able to look down at the jungle. The music video also shows this growth by her taking things from the jungle such as flowers and making it a part of her. This is an allusion that she was able to pick up the good stuff from the jungle (chaos in her life) to make her better for the journey ahead. Aka. The good that comes from the bad.

    The cave seen was important because I think it signifies the dark place in her life probably where she contemplated suicide, in the cave or that dark place there was fire, there were people trying to destroy the tiger with fire, but the tiger only grew with the fire (fire represents chaos and being reborn). This could also mean that Russell Brand tried to burn her (emotionally or have hurt her feelings, but it only made her stronger). The use of the reoccurring chorus (3x was her way of finding the strength, like a mantra) .

    There were people shooting arrows at the now engorged tiger but when the tiger roars scares all the people away. I am not certain what or who these people are who is targeting her.

    She overcame her own aggression and by renaming the tiger, she choose to give it a new meaning which to her symbolises growth. She is the champion because she was able to overcome her fears of which she was running away from at the start. Her involvement with the monkey (may be an allusion to a personal friend) may have helped her because monkeys to philosophers and scholars is attributed to intelligence and playfulness, and when the monkey grooms is considered caring for someone (we do not see the monkey grooming katy in the video but it was seen on her shoulder, which can also mean having her back).

    The bird is stereotypically seen as freedom.

    The elephant symbolic of strength and wisdom, also note that the elephant in the music video has a broken tusk and has painted nails. It is likely that this elephant could be a maternal figure for Katy who has been there and done that and giving her counsel on her life. We also see this elephant blowing water on katy from her trunk. The water symbolises life. In some Monotheistic religions it could be likened to being born again with a renewed spirit. Towards the end of the video Katy is seen standing on top of a small waterfall. It means that her life was starting to flow again.

    There is also a clip of her brushing the crocodiles teeth, the crocodile again symbolic of strength and are known for their smile and ferocity.

    At the end of the music video, we see that she was back in the airplane. It felt like a dream to her, but when she gets up, the audience sees that it is not a dream but a reality for Katy and it looks like she is now comfortable with living in the forests with her animal buddies there. There was a transition from real to a painting, which symbolises that it has become just a memory, the audience is brought back to the present.
    artbanditon March 25, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGreat song
    Laura2761on December 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe is strong mofos. Katty Perry is at the top of her career. Top of career. She is shining now. And this song is pure proof about that. Roar = power.
    nakedpeopleon September 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is definitely a song about progression of character. She goes from passive and submissive to speaking her mind and standing up for herself. I don't know what experience in life she is relating this to, but it is definitely spoken towards a male figure of which I am assuming is a boyfriend
    alienator345on August 11, 2013   Link
  • -1
    Song MeaningKaty now see how the enemy used her and abused her. BUT Her Daddy God has made her a champion through her Savoir Jesus. Whom Daddy God sent for us all to be Champions in Him.
    4wheel5on September 09, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My OpinionI never really paid much attention to Katy and this is the first song that recently came out that I actually bothered to listen to. If only the music video was a little better suited rather than being out in the middle of a jungle and decide to take pictures on your phone. >.>
    CNikkion September 10, 2013   Link
  • -2
    General CommentNo originality in this song. Every line is a cliché. The eye of the tiger, really??? Give me a break.
    HotTampaon October 20, 2013   Link

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