The One That Got Away Meaning

In “The One that Got Away” Katy Perry thinks about a prior boyfriend and wonders how her life might be had things worked out a different way. What if they hadn’t broken up? What if she had valued their relationship more? In a different world—one where she made different decisions–she might be still with him all these years later.

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The fact that those decisions can be so small but lead to such a largely different future is a complicated concept to grasp when you’re young. One movie that deals with this concept well is Sliding Doors.

Perry reminisces about how close she and her ex were—they were inseparable. They spoke of forever, made promises, even got matching tattoos. Were they just clueless about the difficulties of making relationships last? Or was it all just meaningless? I think we know how she feels.

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Perry’s voice sounds good—especially the lower notes. I think most artists would be tempted to sign those a couple octaves higher. The song has a great sounding verse and chorus—making for an altime great song. The bridge does a decent job of transitioning between the two while summarizing the meaning of “The One Who Got Away”. This is Perry’s best work.

The One Who Got Away Lyrics

Summer after high school when we first metWe’d make out in your Mustang to RadioheadAnd on my 18th birthday we got matching tattoosUsed to steal your parents’ liquor and climb to the roofTalk about our future like we had a clueNever planned that one day I’d be losing you

In another lifeI would be your girlWe’d keep all our promisesBe us against the worldIn another lifeI would make you staySo I don’t have to say you wereThe one that got awayThe one that got away

I was June and you were my Johnny CashNever one without the other, we made a pactSometimes when I miss you I put those records on (whoa)Someone said you had your tattoo removedSaw you downtown singing the bluesIt’s time to face the music, I’m no longer your muse

But in another lifeI would be your girlWe’d keep all our promisesBe us against the worldIn another lifeI would make you staySo I don’t have to say you wereThe one that got awayThe one that got away

The oneThe oneThe oneThe one that got awayAll this money can’t buy me a time machine, noCan’t replace you with a million rings, noI should’ve told you what you meant to me (whoa)‘Cause now I pay the price

In another lifeI would be your girlWe’d keep all our promisesBe us against the worldIn another lifeI would make you staySo I don’t have to say you wereThe one that got awayThe one that got awayThe one (the one)The one (the one)The one (the one)

In another lifeI would make you staySo I don’t have to say you wereThe one that got awayThe one that got away