Katy Perry's "Birthday" Analyzed, In Honor Of Her 29th Birthday!

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It's Katy Perry's 29th birthday today, and homegirl has a lot to celebrate. Her album Prism has received rave reviews is poised to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts with an expected 275,000 copies sold in its first week. We imagine she'll blow out her candles with nothing short of a prideful "Roar."

In honor of her birthday, we thought we'd analyze the lyrics of "Birthday," Prism's third track. In the song, KP argues that every day should feel like your birthday. (Sexually speaking.) Enjoy!

 

I heard you're feeling nothing's going right

Why don't you let me stop by?

The clock is ticking, running out of time

So we should party all night

Katy Perry is a really good person. She senses a creature in need of some TLC, and makes it her mission to provide. It's late—we'd guess some time after 11PM—but Katy is rearing and ready to party down with this somber soul.

 

So cover your eyes

I have a surprise

I hope you got a healthy appetite

Wait, I thought she was taking this guy out. Maybe she got him a pinata, hence the covered eyes and appetite for donkey innards (candy, calm down).

 

If you wanna dance

If you want it all

You know that I'm the girl that you should call

Nope, they're totally going out. We're not totally sure what "all" is referring to, but in the rich tradition of birthday metaphor songs, things are probably about to get sexy.

 

But when you're with me, I'll give you a taste

Make it like your birthday every day

I know you like it sweet so you can have your cake

Give you something good to celebrate

Just as we suspected, Katy is bringing out the "birthday cake = vagina" trope utilized by contemporaries like Rihanna. Essentially, she's going to cheer him up by offering her lady parts. Cool!

 

So make, a wish

I'll make it like your birthday every day

I'll be, your gift

Give you something good to celebrate

Katy Perry continues to promise birthday sex-level lovemaking on a daily basis, which is something most guys wouldn't shake their heads at. We're guessing this dude is starting to feel a little better, but could use a few more birthday-themed euphemisms.

 

Pop your confetti, we can get it on

So hot and heavy till dawn

I got you spinning like a, disco ball

I'll have them playing, your song

Just in case there was any doubt that this song was sexual, Katy gets frank with the lyric "we can get it on." No metaphors there. "Pop your confetti" is a cute way of referring to the gentleman's act of sexual release. And he gets to choose the sexy soundtrack.

 

We're living the life

We're doing it right

You're never gonna be unsatisfied

Katy has successfully convinced this man who previously felt "nothing was going right" that life is worth living. Especially because living life means daily sex with an international superstar.

 

So let me get you in your birthday suit

It's time to bring out the big balloons

So let me get you in your birthday suit

It's time to bring out the big, big, big, big, big, big balloons

Birthday Suit = Naked Body

Big Balloons = Big Boobs

Big Big Big Big Big Big Balloons = Some kind of fake big boob prop? Cool, cool.

[Verse 1]

I heard you're feeling nothing's going right

Why don't you let me stop by?

The clock is ticking, running out of time

So we should party all night

[Pre-Chorus]

So cover your eyes

I have a surprise

I hope you got a healthy appetite

If you wanna dance

If you want it all

You know that I'm the girl that you should call

[Chorus]

But when you're with me, I'll give you a taste

Make it like your birthday every day

I know you like it sweet so you can have your cake

Give you something good to celebrate

[Post-Chorus]

So make, a wish

I'll make it like your birthday every day

I'll be, your gift

Give you something good to celebrate

[Verse 2]

Pop your confetti, we can get it on

So hot and heavy till dawn

I got you spinning like a, disco ball

I'll have them playing, your song

[Pre-Chorus 2]

We're living the life

We're doing it right

You're never gonna be unsatisfied

If you wanna dance

If you want it all

You know I'm the girl that you should call

[Chorus + Post-Chorus]

Happy birthday...

[Bridge]

So let me get you in your birthday suit

It's time to bring out the big balloons

So let me get you in your birthday suit

It's time to bring out the big, big, big, big, big, big balloons

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