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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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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 living for but she is going to keep living that way. Her head is heavy from the crown but she accepts her burden her cross to bare not knowing who she is baring it for!


She bears her crown for satan.


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 his followers are so heavy. Could she at second thought be asking for someone a Christian to intervene on her behalf and help her out because the load is far too heavy and she's possessed without the will are know how to break free. This could also be my wish., but for now I will stick to my first mind though I have to wonder if anyone has witnessed to her since she sold her soul. Other than that there is demonic lyrics throuhout this song.


Let him with eyes, see.

I see only affirmation of the Word.

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


she made her choice and now she’s whining.


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 feels in her heart or is she performing music that will boost her record sales? "I march alone to a different beat" means even though her songs are similar to artists with more unapologetically sexual songs like Rihanna with "S&M" and Ke$ha with "Fuck Him He's A DJ" (yes, that is the actual title), she feels separate from them because she knows there's more to music than sex. "I am ready for the road less traveled/suiting up for my crowning battle" she's mentally and spiritually preparing herself to write and perform music she feels more comfortable with, possibly with a… Read more »


This is how I interpreted these lyrics. Asking for the favor of Esther (God gave favor Esther) especially means she’s asking God to help her on an ascending role, not a descending one.


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

I can see the dripping on my wall

I can’t ignore this whore

At the knot of it all

Who am I living for?

I can feel this wetness inside of me

Growing fast into a bolt of lightning

I know one photo will shock the world, yeah yeah

So I pray for a favour like Esther night with the king

I need your knot strength to handle the cum pressure

I know there will be sacrifice

But that’s the pearl of great price

jack vanluit

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 want competition. I recall watching the beverly hillbillies and Granny found the cure for the common cold. When her remidy started to appear that it didn't work, Granny indicated that you must rest for a few days, drink alot of fluids, eat soup first, ( thing you do anyways for a common cold) then take the medicine for it the remidy work. I thinking of a group of people who after taking Katy's advice of focusing within, finding that it did not work as they still see the more beautiful people appearing happier. They ask Katy " what happened, you… Read more »


why fight for the devil when you’ll end up swimming the backstroke in the lake of fire for eternity? These people actually KNOW its satan that owns them because they were told. Trouble it, they can’t get out now, I suppose. Better to die in the name of Jesus and live for eternity than have a few bright years with peeps cheering for you.


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.


ain’t no phoenix in the Bible.


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 I know there are prob many stories with differences ). I like this song and I have studied a great deal of myth religion and psychology. But this is just my opinion you can see things how you like I prefer to see everything in a positive sense no matter what it was intended as, I control how I see things and so does each one of us. 🙂

you can only gain from it what you see in it.


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 has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.") [Daniel 5:27-29]

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

Judging by the satanic garbage she puts out which gets mistaken for 'entertainment', it seems pretty clear who she's living for.


is so creepy


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 could quit it lol


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 once i realize that i start to work on the problem.Cus life is for u!!Not against you…that is why i dont like what mainstream media is doing,how they TRY to control people in a lot of ways.But u have a choice.U can choose LOVE!it doesnt matter if u believe God,or some energie,or Buddha,or Krishna,or Moses,angels Jesus,Mohammed,Jehova…if u follow the signs of love,n not follow ur ego,or ur fears u will win this…what u call it?war? I already win,if i choose the right road.Everyone should find out where it is,n how to stay on it. Just love each other,n love ur… Read more »


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 and i am an atheist but i respect other peoples views also 🙂


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 the top.


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 a part of. Some people understand what being a "Christian" means, and some don't. Think of all the other celebs who have come from Christian backgrounds, or have claimed to be a Christian. Katy isn't trying to trick anyone (I think), she's just applying a part of her childhood, that she doesn't quite understand. As for this song, I don't think it's necessarily Christian, nor do I think it's necessarily about the occult. Let's not forget the title "Who Am I Living For?" The song title is not "I am Living For God", and it is not "I am Living… Read more »


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

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)


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


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

@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

Santi Italia

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.


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"



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.


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

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