Dark Horse was originally released as a promo track for Prism September of 2013 and features Juicy J....
I knew you were
You were gonna come to me
And here you are
But you better choose carefully
'Cause I’m capable of anything
Of anything and everything

Make me your Aphrodite
Make me your one and only
But don’t make me your enemy, your enemy, your enemy

So you wanna play with magic
Boy, you should know whatcha falling for
Baby do you dare to do this
'Cause I’m coming atcha like a dark horse

Are you ready for, ready for
A perfect storm, a perfect storm
'Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine
There’s no going back

Mark my words
This love will make you levitate
Like a bird
Like a bird without a cage
But down to earth
If you choose to walk away, don’t walk away

It’s in the palm of your hand now baby
It’s a yes or no, no maybe
So just be sure before you give it up to me
Up to me, give it up to me

So you wanna play with magic
Boy, you should know whatcha falling for
Baby do you dare to do this
'Cause I’m coming atcha like a dark horse
Are you ready for, ready for
A perfect storm, a perfect storm
'Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine
There’s no going back

She’s a beast
I call her Karma
She eat your heart out
Like Jeffrey Dahmer
Be careful
Try not to lead her on
Shawty’s heart was on steroids
'Cause her love was so strong

You may fall in love
When you meet her
If you get the chance you better keep her
She's sweet as pie, but if you break her heart
She'll turn cold as a freezer
That fairy tale ending with a knight in shining armor
She can be my Sleeping Beauty
I’m gon’ put her in a coma

Woo! Damn I think I love her
Shawty so bad
I’m sprung and I don’t care
She got me like a roller coaster
Turn the bedroom into a fair
Her love is like a drug
I was tryna hit it and quit it
But lil’ mama so dope
I messed around and got addicted

So you wanna play with magic
Boy, you should know whatcha falling for
Baby do you dare to do this
'Cause I’m coming atcha like a dark horse
Are you ready for, ready for
A perfect storm, a perfect storm
'Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine
There’s no going back


Lyrics submitted by MegiA

"Dark Horse" as written by Martin Max, Lukasz Gottwald, Katy Perry, Henry Russell Walter, Sarah Hudson, Jordan Houston

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

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    General CommentOk I can see the satanic side. But is it that hard to believe its about a love possibly. She knows she is attractive and would lure him in and she ultimatum hims into making her his aphrodite and warns him not to make her an enemy. And the lines of a perfect storm can be a strong love and once your mine theres no going back meaning once we do this and fall in love we will never fall out. This love will make you levitate that screams love story. Albiet this does have a darker borderline satanic love story sound but it can fall into a love story too I feel
    mike22685on January 28, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm surprised no one's noted the relationship I've seen mentioned elsewhere with this turn of phrase.

    Dark horse = night mare?
    42 stepson March 12, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about a drug addiction, a powerful one. Dark Horse? "Black Horse" is a type of Tar Heroin.
    Heroin is an epidemic, currently. All over the U.S.
    I relate to this song very deeply. The lyrics are either about how strong the drug is, that you cannot go back to being sober, or you're going to withdrawal.
    Illuminati controls everything, including addiction.

    I'm an Ex Heroin addict. I have been clean for two months.

    Read up. It's dangerous.
    FLdecrypton March 25, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about selling your soul to the devil. That is all.
    People_error136on April 11, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningRight let me get this straight, I know a lot of people are obsessed with the whole illuminati thing and I get it. The Egyptian-themed music video for 'Dark Horse' did include a lot of pyramids and Katy also portrayed Cleopatra as EVIL with supernatural powers. Perry is also seen holding up a monocle bearing the Eye Of Horus; which symbolises great power. Although the song and video do seem a little bit weird and Illuminati orientated, I can give you my interpretation for the lyrics without all the Illuminati crap, and why Katy might of wrote it like this.

    I knew you were
    You were gonna come to me
    And here you are
    But you better choose carefully
    'Cause I’m capable of anything
    Of anything and everything

    Here, Katy is explaining how she knew this particular person was going to give into her and come to her. She saying that they must choose carefully because she may be dangerous and untrustworthy. She explains how she is capable of anything which means she is so powerful and she can do whatever she likes with you. She is in control.

    Make me your Aphrodite
    Make me your one and only
    But don’t make me your enemy, your enemy, your enemy

    She is wanting to be spoiled with love and what else. She wants to be the centre of attention and to be made 'one and only' by you. You should be careful, as it seems she will turn out even more evil if you get on the wrong side of her.

    So you wanna play with magic
    Boy, you should know whatcha falling for
    Baby do you dare to do this
    'Cause I’m coming atcha like a dark horse

    Dark Horse is in fact inspired by the 1996 witch film, The Craft. This is why Perry talks about magic and 'daring to do this' - Katy wanted the song to have a "witchy-spell-y kind of feel to it". The term dark horse means someone who is little known but unexpectedly wins or succeeds. Katy is telling us she's done something/going to do something unexpectedly (falling in love). The vocals in this song seem very seductive and luring.

    Are you ready for, ready for
    A perfect storm, a perfect storm
    'Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine
    There’s no going back

    Katy is determined to keep you with her and once you fall for her, theres no going back.

    Mark my words
    This love will make you levitate
    Like a bird
    Like a bird without a cage
    But down to earth
    If you choose to walk away, don’t walk away

    The song seems to get even more seductive yet creepier as it carries on. 'This love will make you levitate' - Katy is telling us her love is so strong and the levitation reference tells us that she is the one in charge now, she is the dominant female. It also gives the song more of a 'witchy' vibe. She is telling you not to walk away.

    It’s in the palm of your hand now baby
    It’s a yes or no, no maybe
    So just be sure before you give it up to me
    Up to me, give it up to me

    Perry is telling you that its up to you and whatever choice you make better be a carefully thought-through one. You better be sure, or else.
    ry_shankson June 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIt's about a strong girl but when it comes to this one guy she doesn't care if he cheats on her or treats her like the love of his life "Make me your Aphrodite, make me your one and only". She doesn't "wanna make him her enemy" somehow. But when they do get in a relationship she's gonna go ham on him lmao

    "Theres no going back"
    LilShaeon November 27, 2013   Link
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    General CommentAliens
    Aliens101on February 15, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAre you ready for, ready for
    A perfect storm, a perfect storm
    'Cause once you’re mine, once you’re mine
    There’s no going back

    Once the great tribulation starts there's no more choosing sides. You'll belong to either one of both Camps.
    If you want to do some research, it's coming exactly as is foretold:
    the 2 sides:
    Genesis 3:15

    Beginning of the great tribulation (after start, no more choosing sides):
    Matthew 24:21,22
    raymondstealon February 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSupposedly this is about an irresistible, femme fatale kind of woman. Once you fall in love with her, there's no turning back. As Juicy J puts it "she eat your heart out." She's the dark horse in love so you better think twice whether you want to get with this girl.

    I suppose this is one of those produced songs where it has almost no relation to real life, it's just a fantasy. I definitely don't think this is Katy in real life. Based on other songs on her album she's a lot more vulnerable.
    ThomasDBon February 28, 2014   Link
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    General Commentblue jens ... think about it?
    bluejenon March 01, 2014   Link

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