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.,… Read more »

she made her choice and now she’s whining.

Let him with eyes, see.

I see only affirmation of the Word.

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

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 "F**k Him He's A DJ" (yes, that… 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 w***e 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… Read more »
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… 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… Read more »
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… Read more »

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… 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… 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.

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'..

@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

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 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.

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"


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

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

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.


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 that the masons wants to build it to launch their one world gov system and the anti-christ . a heads upon this will clear any uncertainties

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.

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….

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 loving

Fill me with your poison

Take me, ta-ta-take me

Wanna be a victim

Ready for abduction

Boy, you’re an alien

Your touch so foreign

It’s supernatural


[Verse 2- Katy Perry:]

You’re so supersonic

Wanna feel your powers

Stun me with your laser

Your kiss is cosmic

Every move is magic

[Verse 3- Katy Perry:]

This is transcendental

On another level

Boy, you’re my lucky star

I wanna walk on your wave length

And be there when you vibrate

For you I’ll risk it all


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 towards occult meaning, I will be the first to jump ship, but I really don't think that's the case here! I wouldn't be surprised if artists start to use illuminati symbolism more, not because of true intent from their manipulators, but because of how much attention it is garnering them… Read more »

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.