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On Loving Home

"You could travel the world
But nothing comes close to the golden coast
Once you party with us
You'll be fallin' in love"

— "California Gurls"

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On Believing in Yourself

"Do you ever feel already buried deep?
Six feet under screams but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there's still a chance for you
'Cause there's a spark in you?

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July"

— "Firework"

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On Too Much Partying

"Trying to connect the dots
Don't know what to tell my boss
Think the city towed my car
Chandelier is on the floor
With my favorite party dress
Warrants out for my arrest
Think I need a ginger ale
That was such an epic fail"

— "Last Friday Night"

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On Remembering Where She Came From

"Got a call from my friend
She saw my picture again
In a magazine
We laughed out loud
'Cuz she said, 'Remember when . . .
This was all a silly dream?'
Now I wake up every day
In a different city
A smile on my face
Somebody pinch me
She said, 'All the world's a stage'
But girl you know
Those cameras and lights
Won't ever change me"

— "The Girl Next Door"

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On the Ups and Downs of Relationships

"Someone call the doctor
Got a case of a love disorder
Stuck on a roller coaster
Can't get off this ride"

— "Hot n Cold"

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On Out-of-This-World Love

"You're so supersonic
Wanna feel your powers
Stun me with your laser
Your kiss is cosmic
Every move is magic

You're from a whole other world
A different dimension

You open my eyes
And I'm ready to go
Lead me into the light"

— "E.T."

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On Temptation

"This was never the way I planned, not my intention
I got so brave, drink in hand, lost my discretion
It's not what I'm used to, just wanna try you on
I'm curious for you caught my attention"

— "I Kissed a Girl"

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On Keeping Strong

"Throw your sticks and stones
Throw your bombs and your blows
But you're not gonna break my soul
This is the part of me that you're never gonna ever take away from me, no"

— "Part of Me"

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On Getting Over Heartbreak

"I'm wide awake
Not losing any sleep
Picked up every piece
And landed on my feet
I'm wide awake
Need nothing to complete myself

I'm wide awake
Yeah, I am born again
Outta the lion's den
I don't have to pretend
And it's too late
The story's over now, the end"

— "Wide Awake"

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On Finding Someone You Can Be Yourself Around

"You think I'm pretty without any makeup on
You think I'm funny when I tell the punch line wrong
I know you get me, so I let my walls come down

Before you met me, I was a wreck
But things were kinda heavy, you brought me to life"

— "Teenage Dream"

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On Losing Love

"All these money can't buy me a time machine, no
Can't replace you with a million rings, no
I should've told you what you meant to me, whoa
'Cause now I pay the price"

— "The One That Got Away"

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