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Katy Perry 'The One That Got Away' Single

Updated on July 28, 2012

The Song

"In another life, I would be your girl

We keep all our promises, be us against the world.

In another life, I would make you stay

So I don't have to say you were

The One That Got Away, The One That Got Away..."

So goes the chorus of Katy Perry's song "The One That Got Away". Right off the bat, this tells you that this is not a happy song, a surprising departure from the upbeat theme of most of Katy Perry's song in her Teenage Dream album.

The song "The One That Got Away" is Katy Perry's latest single, a part of the Teenage Dream album released in 2011, its music video was launched in November 2011. The video stirred a lot of emotions in most viewers and this means great business for the Katy Perry camp because it successfully carries its message across. Fans and non-fans alike of Katy Perry agree that the song showcases a different side of the artist. In most of this album's tour and promotion, Katy Perry is shown performing a soulful version of The One That Got Away on acoustic guitars herself. This can be the theme song of the heartbroken in 2012 and of the hopeless romantic.

Katy Perry The One That Got Away
Katy Perry The One That Got Away | Source

The One That Got Away: Music Video

As with other Katy Perry music videos which has taken a fresh route by incorporating a mini plot in the videos, The One That Got Away tells a mini story, a sad one albeit, full of regret but many people relate to the plot and the lyrics of the songFrom the title itself "The One That Got Away" it tells of a sad young love story of two people who love each other but didn't end up together because of a stroke of bad luck when the guy died after he figured in an accident.

Admittedly, the video is good, just perfect for this song, and you couldn't think of any other plot more appropriate than this one. The main characters are played by Katy Perry herself as the one of the young lovers and the older version of herself. The young guy lover is being played by Mexican actor Diego Luna. The music video opens with a scene showing an older Katy Perry who is deep in reverie of a seemingly distant past and a lost love. The film then rolls to show two lovers, both artists having the time of their lives, as if the nothing else in the world matters.

The video definitely brings a tinge of sadness and manages to make the viewer shed a tear or two in the end as it shows the star-crossed lovers, juxtaposed in an eerie but heartbreaking scene in the cliff where he met his untimely fate, with Johnny Cash's "You Are My Sunshine" playing in the background. It evokes feelings of sadness because it can make you think of that person missing in your life, of the one that manage to get away. Apparently the music video itself independent of the song plays its own charm and can actually be bigger than the song it tries to portray. Kudos to the creative director behind the music video of the song.

The One That Got Away (All Copyrights owned by the producer/creator of this video)

It is amazing how many people can relate to the song. The song tells of a young love, full of hope and promises of the future, but it also sings of regret and a lot of 'what ifs'. The One That Got Away reminded many who heard it of someone who used to be a part of their life, a friend , a lover. At one point in your life, you meet someone who seems to be the perfect person but they left for one reason or another and we are left wondering what could have happened if that person stayed, because he seemed to be the perfect one, the one you could have chosen to spend the rest of your life with, the one that got away. It is a song filled with regrets, of 'what ifs' and what could have been, of ideas of romantic love. It also How for some love does last forever or a lifetime and no time can erase the marks it left in your heart.

Despite the sad plot, the song spurs and gives as a lesson that if you love someone, you've got to tell that person, from the line, "I should have told you what you meant to me (Whoa), cause now I pay the price."

The Message

The song is like a wake up call to some. It tells you that missing someone in your past and regretting not having him in your life right now is a predicament that there is nothing you can do about anymore. Love is a drug, it's highly addictive, but once it fades, you are left with nasty withdrawal symptoms. But in life, there should never be regrets. If you like someone, just say it, if you love someone, once the opportunity presents itself, learn to risk and tell that person how you feel...cause you may never have another chance again.


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