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"Part of Me" by Katy Perry

"Part of Me" by Katy Perry

  • Backstory: The military-themed video for Katy Perry's "Part of Me" seems partly inspired by Goldie Hawn's hit '80s flick Private Benjamin, but what about the song itself? With lyrics like "'Cause you ripped me off, your love was cheap," it's not far-fetched to assume Perry's divorce from Russell Brand compelled her to pen the single. 
  • Evidence: The final version of "Part of Me" was released on Feb. 13, 2012, less than three months after Brand filed for divorce. However, Perry insists the song was written long before the split. "I wrote it two years ago, which is funny because everybody is like, ‘God, it sounds so current,'" she divulged to MTV News in March of 2012. "And some people that I work with were like, 'You should just say you wrote it a couple of weeks ago.' I’m like, 'I’m not a d*ck, I’m going to tell the truth.'" Perry admitted it all seemed too convenient, saying she sometimes feels "caught in this movie where my life is paralleling my music! It seems very serendipitous, but, as un-fun as it sounds, I prepare everything. I’m overly prepared and kind of a control freak in the best of ways." 
  • Verdict: "Part of Me" can't be about Russell Brand if it was written before they were even married, but here's something interesting info: the demo and final version have slightly different lyrics. In the original recording, Perry sings, "You can keep the dog from me." In the official release, she sings, "So you can keep the diamond ring. It don't mean nothing anyway." 
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