The One That Got Away
The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away Lyrics Meanings
by Katy Perry

Pop
Nov 24, 2014
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The One That Got Away Lyrics

Summer after high school, when we first met
We'd make-out in your Mustang to Radiohead
And on my eighteenth birthday, we got matching tattoos
Used to steal your parents' liquor and climb to the roof
Talk about our future like we had a clue
Never planned that one day I'd be losing you

In another life, I would be your girl
We'd keep all our promises, be us against the world
In another life, I would make you stay
So I don't have to say you were the one that got away
The one that got away

I was June and you were my Johnny Cash
Never one without the other, we made a pact
Sometimes when I miss you, I put those records on, whoa
Someone said you had your tattoo removed
Saw you downtown, singin' the blues
It's time to face the music, I'm no longer your muse

In another life, I would be your girl
We'd keep all our promises, be us against the world
In another life, I would make you stay
So I don't have to say you were the one that got away
The one that got away

The one
The one
The one
The one that got away

All this 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

In another life, I would be your girl
We'd keep all our promises, be us against the world
In another life, I would make you stay
So I don't have to say you were the one that got away
The one that got away

The one (the one)
The one (the one)
The one (the one)
In another life, I would make you stay
So I don't have to say you were the one that got away
The one that got away

Writer(s): Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Katy Perry
Copyright(s): Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

The One That Got Away Meanings

This song is a stinger. I feel sorry for Katy Perry. She loved this person, and wished that someday they would cross each others paths once again. She sadly gets the burn that he removed his tattoo, symbolizing he's moved on and over her, and that really broke her heart.

It's funny that they always tell Adele has a broken heart because all her songs talk about heartbreak, utter and pure. That's true but Katy Perry is building a collection too. Both, with Thinking of You and this song, she sang both in acoustic mode in concerts and it's so much better. When you listen to her in both songs, the pop part with silly tunes is gone. It's just her and a guitar and when she sings every line, you can feel her heart breaking all over again. So, Katy Perry might have sold out to crappy pop but when she does these things, she is truly great. The song pretty much talks for itself, but it's about losing the love of your life and realizing it too late, when the other person has moved on and you can only look now. Feel sorry, of course, but there's nothing else left to do. Perhaps one of the worst things is to love someone who used to love you.

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