Katy Perry’s “Who Am I Living For?” – Interesting Lyrics


Katy Perry’s Who Am I Living For? is definitely deeper than I Kissed a Girl. It definitely contain spiritual and Biblical undertones.

I can feel a phoenix inside of me
As I march alone to a different beat
Slowly swallowing down my fear, yeah yeah

I am ready for the road less travelled
Suiting up for my crowning battle
This test is my own cross too bare
But I will get there

It’s never easy to be chosen, never easy to be called
Standing on the frontline when the bomb starts to fall
I can see the heavens but I still hear the flames
Calling out my name

I can see the writing on the wall
I can’t ignore this war
At the eh-end of it all
Who am I living for?

I can feel this lightness inside of me
Growing fast into a bolt of lightning
I know one spark will shock the world, yeah yeah

So I pray for a favour like Esther
I need your strength to handle the pressure
I know there will be sacrifice
But that’s the price

It’s never easy to be chosen, never easy to be called
Standing on the frontline when the bomb starts to fall
I can see the heavens but I still hear the flames
Calling out my name

Is it a song about occult initiation? Some might interpret the song as a religious song, perhaps about Christianity. But the terminology used however strongly points to occult mysteries: reference to a phoenix (a metaphor of man’s spiritual rebirth), a sacrifice, light growing from inside (illumination), duality between heaven and hell, etc. What do you think?


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8 months 13 days ago
I think it’s her confession. She talk about needing strength and praying for favors. She comes from a very Christian home. She talks about the flames calling her name and seeing the writing but she can’t ignore the war. I truly believe it’s an introspective commentary. Its a struggle, the struggle all men face “who am I living for” she sees the writing on the wall and she knows her place, yet she’s been givin a crown but she knows not who’s the giver of this crown. What makes it bad is she admits she doesn’t know who she is… Read more »
3 years 1 month ago

Let him with ears, hear.

I find in this song nothing but a strong affirmation of the Word.

Of course there will be sacrifice. Jesus never made any bones about that.

3 years 4 months ago
I think she is referring more to the heroes journey as proposed by Joseph Campbell. The idea of sacrifice is to sacrifice the symbolic part of you that is negative the pats of your psyche that cause you to feel less or to fail or to turn a blind eye. In sacrificing that part of your self psychologically you can become more balanced and change your point of view becoming more enlightened, being re born ( which happens in many religious stories, and fire can represent knowledge. A phoenix is re born from the ashes of flame, as far as… Read more »
3 years 4 months ago
It sounds more like some Armageddon-type stuff. Possibly more like the Red Horse in 'Revelation' where peace is taken "from the earth, and that they should kill one another" [6:4] (the word kill in the Greek means to butcher like preparing meat). Fritz Springmeier talks about how the 'ALEX' system of encrypted communication could possibly be used as a mass-trigger for mind control victims who, according to Russ Dizdar, quite commonly refer to themselves as 'chosen ones'. I can see the writing on the wall (Reference to the book of Daniel? The writing on the wall which means: Mene: God… Read more »
5 years 3 months ago

is so creepy

5 years 5 months ago
It is so sad these days to see so many who have lost their way and err upon this path of eternal damnation. This songs depicts so many things by which I see & understand to be occultism, yet me being me knows that she knows and understands she'll open her eyes in hell if a change in her lifestyle and heart doesn't come about and she repent. Yet I wonder upon a line in her song that ghough at first mind I see her asking for strength to carry on from Satan because thd load and burden he gives… Read more »
3 years 1 month ago

Let him with eyes, see.

I see only affirmation of the Word.

At the end of it all, who are YOU living for?

5 years 5 months ago
This song is about Perry's personal struggle between the direction she wants her music to take her and her fans and what pop culture and the media expects and wants from her. She is a former gospel singer, so she does have strong Christian roots. Her debut single "I Kissed A Girl" is sexually charged and homo-erotic, which obviously butts heads with a Christian belief system. Songs from this album like "Peacock" and "T.G.I.F" are about lust and gluttony. The title of "Who Am I Living For?" states the idea of the song – is she performing music that she… Read more »
5 years 5 months ago
NOT a christian song!!! as much as it may seem, she is against it! shes doing whatever it takes to be famous and thats all thats required. second verse: "i can feel a light thats inside of me…growing FAST into a BOLT OF LIGHTNING" havent we heard what all that represents? WAKE UP! and in case youre still not sure, the next line, "i know one spark will shock the world" …yeah, she defff knows whats up. and she has another song, "pearl' where the fist words are, "she is a pyramid…" -_- yeah, music is defff evil…i wish i… Read more »
5 years 5 months ago
Hello everyone! actually i believe in other dimensions,i believe i reborn to the Mother Earth,n i really respect hindus,and buddhists,i am working on myself how to become a REAL light in the world,how to help people,n our planet.Unfortunately i c a lot of false signs,n i hate the fact,how they use these religions to give people something new,something exicting,but at the same time misleading them…if u follow ur heart,n always make decisions with love,u already help the world alot. I dont blame the satan for this,i dont blame God,if somethings wrong about the world or in my life,i blame myself.N… Read more »
5 years 5 months ago
I can feel a knot inside of me As I march alone to a different beat Slowly swallowing down my dripping fear, yeah yeah I am ready for the road less travelled beastility Suiting up for my crowning battle crowning in pregnancy is when head starts to show This test is my own knot too bare But I will get there It’s never easy to be chosen, never easy to be called Standing on the fronte line when the knot starts to swell I can see the dog star but I still hear the hot breath Calling out my name… Read more »
jack vanluit
5 years 6 months ago
I really hate the firework song. I found myself having to leave the room when it is played at work. I mean a spokesperson for inner beauty comming from a person who would be insignificant if she had a boob reduction and gained 35 pounds. I cringe when I hear people whose benifiting moslty through outer beauty try to sell to others, who are less fortunate with their looks, to look within is themselves and accept who they are. It's like eventhough using my body is what got me here, other people should look within. I guess she does not… Read more »
5 years 7 months ago
It souds like she is in purgatory and can not decide whether to go towards heaven or hell, although it seems that she should has to either her fortune and fame or her faith- which could be the reference of the war/ weapons(like bombs). But the referece of the phoenix could be the symbol of how when a phoenix can die it gets a new life and the lightning bolt reference could be link to greek mythology about zeus being all-powerful and how they believed that when lightning appeared it was because zeus was mad. This is my personal opinion… Read more »
5 years 7 months ago
Ok guys this song is clearly against the illuminati. She is basically saying that she wants to expose them but there will obviously be sarifice (they kill people who go against them) and she knows about them and if she exposes it it will shock the world. seriously she is not such a bad person you know. btw i heard the real interview in which she said she sold her soul yeh well it was edited what she was really saying was that other artists artists usually sell their souls but she had to work her work her way to… Read more »
5 years 7 months ago
People can say a lot of things. I can say I'm a dog, that doesn't mean I am one. Many people may say they are Christians, many people may say they are a Hindu, many people may say they are Satanists, but that doesn't make them one. How does Katy live how does she act? The way a person lives shows what they think is important. Clearly she values her boobs and sex, as most of her songs and videos display. In many countries everyone is a "Christian"; it's just a normal thing to say and to claim to be… Read more »
5 years 7 months ago

She knows what is comming and has given up her seat in the 2012 bunkers. This is her way of saying she has made her choice and knows she wont get through it but isnt affraid.

katherine P
5 years 7 months ago

I wish Jesus can come down to give me a musical talent that way I can become famous and fight and or expose the Illuminati. I don't care whats the consequence. Everyone please fight for god

(the good side)

5 years 7 months ago

I think that she has come to terms with the illumitnati and she know she will be sacrificed if she tries to leave she is no longer afraid of it but still is if you know what i mean "i can see the heaven but i still hear the flames" i think she trying to say that the way out is right in front of her but so hard to reach

5 years 7 months ago

you don't get as famous as her in such a quick time without doing something for somebody,and the old 'but she has sung for years story just makes them look more easily to be used'..

katherine P
5 years 7 months ago

@kiljoy Katy Perry has been doing her singing career since she was 15 years old it's not like she just woke up famous. it even took her about three years to accomplish her first album "one of the boys" and she has been dropped by 3 major record companies. Shes 26 now and she still can't get a Grammy which she deserves

5 years 7 months ago

I think it's the rarest song of the album, It may be about the 'spiritual war' or be strong and select the correct. But when people say 'illuminati' I think it's really stupid, Because people wanna make a drama of everything :/

Please, stop thinking that everysong/videos has occult messages. Any way, 'Who Am I living For?' is different to all her songs of 'Teenage Dream'

Another thing: Katy said, that she's still christian & God is in her life, God is a very big part of her.

Thank you.

5 years 7 months ago

Just because she says she is a Christian doesn't mean she is. I can say I'm a dog, but that doesn't make me a dog. Often people with a Christian upbringing will claim to be Christians till the cows come home, no matter how they are living. People will live according to what they think is important.

5 years 7 months ago

Just because someone mentions the illuminati does not mean they are being dramatic. Simply observant.

Katy has said many things about her stance with spirituality.

She has also said "I sold my soul to the devil"


5 years 7 months ago

Didn’t read all of the above, but Esther is also a name associated with Eastern Star.

5 years 7 months ago

oh my god, please, this can't be!

I love Katy, i don't her to go to hell, or to be an Illuminati, i will pray for her!

this is so sad, i love her, she seems to be a very very good person, i want God to save her.

oh my god, i'm so SICK OF THIS @#*)(*)@#*)# WORLD, i wanna get away from here, these people are crazy, they're brainwashing people, their own brothers.

please god SAVE US

5 years 7 months ago
keep up the good work vc, its really scary, wats going to happen next ?all these stars that are being used are very high up, they have masses of people behind them,not even knowing whats really going on. if you look at whats happening around us its evident that everything is falling into place for the one world gov. VC, just wondering if you would be able to look into the masons wanting to re-build the temple of solomon . Ive read that once the temple is re-built that is when the rapture will take place, but ive also read… Read more »
5 years 7 months ago

this song dont sound like gospel at all, so i dont get how anyone can even think she was singing gospel or even a christian lyric. it gives me more a feeling of the background music in the end of a horror movie where the main character has to go through trials to end the evil before it pulls him down after all because he made up his mind to late.

5 years 7 months ago

I think that she is making fun AGAIN of the gospel. I noticed that in her song " hot & cold" that was about God telling her: DECIDE with me or with the world…. and in the video " California Girls" she choose the fame.

This just hurt my heart….

Tired of This
5 years 7 months ago
You think this song is Dark how about "ET (Futuristic)" as I mentioned before on this website. [Verse 1- Katy Perry:] You’re so hypnotizing Could you be the devil Could you be an angel Your touch magnetizing Feels like I am floating Leaves my body glowing They say be afraid You’re not like the others Futuristic lover Different DNA They don’t understand you [Bridge- Katy Perry:] 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 [Chorus- Katy Perry:] Kiss me, ki-ki-kiss me Infect me with your… Read more »
5 years 6 months ago
I think it's getting a little ridiculous…. It's just a metaphor! Sure its full of sexual innuendos and and naughty lyrics but if she wrote a song about how she loves a guy sooo much because he is of her own species and really cool would it be half as interesting? It's just about being in love and completely taken away by it, or being in love for the first time and how new and different it is, or even having sex for the first time. The moment katy perry starts doing blatent illuminati symbolism, or lyrics that really lean… Read more »
5 years 7 months ago

With this song , she is obviously saying that she is allowing demonic forces enter her. Sting me with your lasers, shows how she has let Satan Penetrate her. Disturbing indeed.

Katy should have held on to her faith instead of selling out and becoming corrupt. Another one bites the dust.

5 years 7 months ago

Well I remember actually seeing a clip of her saying that she sold her sould to the devil so I will say it is of the occult because once you go with him there is no coming back. Then she married that Rusell dude who seems to be so far from her christian living. When she got married I don't think that she has a church or christian like wedding service either.