Katy Perry's Smile
album came from the pop star overcoming a tough couple of years after her previous record, Witness
. She experienced depression because of its lukewarm performance and problems in her personal life before finding her smile again. This trap-flecked song, released as the album's third single, finds Perry detailing the life lesson she's learned: Failure is ultimately subjective.You might see a cliff, but I see a way to fly
Flipping off the flop, now I just enjoy the ride
After two-and-a-half nightmare years, Perry no longer cares how her music performs: If a record flops it's not the end of the world. She told People
she'd been able to refocus her priorities thanks to a combination of medication, therapy and family support.
"It got me out of this desperate loop of being the best pop star ever," Perry explained. "I just really want to be a human being and have the dimension of life... I get to live life, and I get to bring life into the world. Finding the gratitude in this pain has been a real journey, but the outcome is worth it."