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In an interview with Rolling Stone
magazine, Perry said that this song and "I'm Still Breathing
" were about the same ex-boyfriend. She added "Ur So Gay
" and "Mannequin
" were about different exes.
Perry told Inthenews.co.uk
that this song gets the best response at her live shows and it even reduces some fans to tears. She explained: "People do get emotional when they hear that song, because I think a lot of people go through that stuff so it hits them where they remember it happening to them. And it's just me with my guitar, rather than all the pyro and the dancers and the glitter, and I enjoy taking advantage of that, but sometimes it's nice to be able to take all that away and just do what I was put here to do."
When this reached the Top 40 of the Hot 100, Perry became the first female artist signed to Capitol Records to have three top 40 hits from an album since Bonnie Raitt's Lick of the Draw in 1991-1992.
In her London Live special, Perry said that this was a very personal song. "When I was starting out at these open mic nights, it was just me and my acoustic guitar, and that's how I wrote the song," she said. "It shows off that side, it's not an in-the-club throbbing song. I feel like I need that organic, homegrown musicianship to feel like I have substance to go with the bells and whistles."
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