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Katy Perry – Roar lyrics

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to
rock the boat and make a mess
So I
sit quietly, agreed politely
I guess
that I forgot I had a choice
I let
you push me past the breaking point
I stood
for nothing, so I fell for everything

You held
me down, but I got up
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my
voice, your hear that sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me
down, but I got up
Get ready cause I’ve had enough
I see it
all, I see it now

Chorus:
I got
the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
Cause I am a
champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
Cause I am a
champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh
oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me
roar

Now I’m floatin like
a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my
own hero

You held me down, but I
got up
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, your hear that
sound
Like thunder, gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up
Get ready ’cause I’ve had enough
I
see it all, I see it now

Chorus:
I got the eye of the
tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
Cause I am a champion and you’re
gonna hear me roar
Oh
oh oh oh oh oh
Oh
oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar
Roar-or, roar-or
, roar-or

I got the eye of the tiger
, a fighter, dancing through the fire
Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
Cause I am a champion and you’re
gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar



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    This song is like being brave, facing you biggest fears, and believing in yourself. This song is for the ones who are afraid to face our biggest fears, not beliving in ourselves and who are not brave. I dedicate this song to my cousin she is 09 years old she is afraid of facing her fears so I sang roar to her then she became braver than I thouht so this song is for all the people. I hope my comment helps you in facing your fears.
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    Katy Perry's hit song, roar, is meant for those who want to show someone that you know that you're fantastic. It also means that you are able to show you're emotions which some people are unable to do. If you learn/know this song, it can help you a lot in life. Especially if someone calls you dumb, stupid or even dislikeable. It can show them that you don't care what they think. You know what, it says that whatever they say - no matter what it is - will definitely make you stronger.
    It will make you stronger by listening to what they are saying and ignoring it. Completely ignoring it. You know that it is true, it doesn't matter what they say. You are fun, you are whatever you want to be, not what anyone else wants you to be.
    For example:
    If you best friend says, "You are so annoying, why can't you just be like one of my other friends?" you say "I'm my own person. If you can't accept that, then we can't be friends. A best friend should compliment you, not offend or disappoint you." And that is true.
    So that is what I think Katy Perry wrote this song about. To share your emotions properly without being dissed. And that is what will get you more friends or more people liking you.
    I hope you understand the true meaning of this song, because I do, and I'm only 10 years old.
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    Don't let anyone tell you can't do something. You don't have to always be in the background. One day, you could be sitting in the back row, the next day, you could be on stage! You don't have to be the person that is just "there". You can be the person who everyone wants to hang out with. You don't have to be embarrassed about dancing to your favorite song, or showing some spirit. It's okay to put yourself out there. It could do something for you in the future! Stand up for yourself.
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    This song is about taking responsibilities and fight back if someone hurts you. Don't just let you push down fight back! Be strong and don't care what anyone else thinks! Be strong. That's pretty much what katy means here. Ain't nobody the boss of you! Fight back. You can be yourself! In fact, do that! Be yourself, be beautiful (or handsome) because you're epic! This song is about being brave and not let anybody push you down. No one is the boss of you. You can always be yourself. Be yourself just forget about them and let them just be their self's. This song means to be who you want to be. You can always do what you want to do, they don't tell you what to do or not. They are not the boss of you. This song means being brave, facing your biggest fears, and believing yourself. Don't let anyone hurt you or your feelings. Fight them back if he/she hurts your feeling about something you very love inside your heart.
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    Oh Katy! Your words are so inspirational! I'm going through a phase where my whole life I've just wanted to fit in and so I just let people push me around and changed so much of myself that I don't even know who I really am! Now I'm starting to question some last choices and (I know this sounds cheesy) but I just want to find myself! I thought I was strong, until I found how weak I truly am! But you inspired me and showed me I can be myself, I can be a girl who loves rats and mice, who is an obsessive gamer, who can fall in love, and still have friends. I owe you so much, thank you for helping me find my voice. Thank you for teaching me how to roar!
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    Amazing! This song sounds like everybody must have a courage to express what was inside of them. It tells everybody must show their talents and wisdom in order to become a champion! :)) You need not to become an arrogant individual just to show everyone that you are a champion, but you have to do something and prove everyone that you are a kind of a person who is not afraid to face challenges and has a strong personality. Just like a tiger! :))
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    This is perfect for those who are afraid to face their fears, just like me I'm scared of everything, everything in this world is my fears I can't even go out with my friends, becuz of that fears, fear to be insulted to be hurt, but: d after I heard this song I guess I gather strong fighting spirit to fear all my fears, you see now I am one of the admirable women in our place I'm not scared to show the whole I really was thankyou so much katy perry for making this song. Hope you'll make more inspirational song.
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    The song Ms. Katy sang is about self realization, finding and knowing the stronger point of our self. We should be brave for us to face and fight our fear and do not let other bring us down. Let's show them that we are better and will be fine without them. We are all champions and no one can bring us down. Believe in yourself and always fight for the right thing. Don't let them break you, knocked them down.
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    Ok, so almost everyone has heard of this song.
    It has a catchy tune, and catchy chorus, but the meaning behind them is so enhancing, you just have to love it.
    This is, quite probably, one of Katy Perry's best works.
    In my personal opinion which quite probably may difference from the actual meaning:
    This song is about no longer being shy, or scared to speak your mind, but speaking up for yourself, and letting yourself be heard by the world, but more importantly, yourself. That you don't follow other people, but yourself. "I went from zero, to my own hero"
    About getting stronger, and climbing your way to the top.
    Basically, don't let yourself be pushed around.
    Don't allow yourself to be pushed to the background.
    But to let yourself be heard, you mind, your opinion
    Let everybody in the world know who you are, and why you are amazing. Because you are.
    It is one of her best songs, and anyone can see why.
    Also, the music video is extremely amusing.
    In it, she has crashed in the jungle, and her guide is rude and stuff, and gets eaten by a tiger.. Then, she trains and teaches herself how to survive, and even manages to tame the tiger, naming it Kitty Purry, a fact that quite amuzes me.
    Now, stop reading and let yourself be heard!
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    Be strong. That's pretty much what Katy means here. Ain't nobody the boss of you! Fight back. You can be yourself! In fact, do that! Be yourself, be beautiful (or handsome) because you're epic! Great song it means to be brave when someone tries to bring you down great voice katy from dark_shot love it This song is about being brave and not let anybody push you down. No one is the boss of you. You can always be yourself.
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    I think this song is about not just facing your fears but getting back up again after each blow. I think it's a very inspirational song and when ever I'm having trouble in my life I always listen to this song or sing it to my self. It really made me think about how every one has struggles in their life and every one screws up sometimes and the best thing you can do is just keep going and never give up.
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    This song means being brave and having courage to fight the people who hurt you. Don't let them just fight you! If people think something bad about you, never mind them because they don't know what amazing things you do. Because now people are always judging the life of a person by not knowing who they really are. If they always fighting, you fight back and tell them your feelings, if they don't understand and hurt you, it means they don't have a good heart and if they tell sorry to you, you should tell them that they are faked friends because, they always fight with you and you will say sorry! Unforgettable? And remember that katy perry said that you all are champions! :)
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    I love this song. It is very catchy! The meaning is that you must show your talents to be a champion and not be afraid to face challenges. I love singing this song. The lyrics and music are fun. It mostly is just fun which is good, and has a good meaning too.
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    This song is about people pushing you past the breaking point and you can't take it anymore and you fight back with the voice and strength that we as girls have.
    This song is a very inspirational song to all the girl out there in the world that is facing the problem of abuse from their boyfriends and can't take it anymore so fight back with the voice and strength that we as girls all have We are special!
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    Guys I think it is about women's rights.
    In the 1970's, during the Women's Movement for Equal Rights, Helen Reddy wrote a song with the lyrics "I'm a woman; hear me roar!" The women in the '70s were raising their voices against the inequality.
    They became their own hero, men didn't step in and go, we'll save you then, the women stood up for themselves and succeeded! "I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath" could be relating to when women were expected to keep quiet and their duties were only in the home. Very much has changed, but there still needs to be more change. Katy Perry is part of that movement, so support feminism, to make women equal to men!
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    loverlisadie
    This song has so much meaning in life. My past relationship was terror and I showed him that I am not a fool I am a fighter battling all obstacles he brought at my wrestling ring and I gave it my best I love to easily before but now its not so I saw it all and yet I sit here today fighting to show that I am not weak and after all that fighting he is here again begging but I am not that easy.
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    This song has a powerful meaning. Yea straight up. Love the message bhind it and rate the vybz it bring. I mean I waz at a boring party and the song started playing and the vybz jus tun up load. This song encouraged me 2 break up with an a*****e who waz wasting my time and even now am still missing I'm but its jus his lost. The point am trying to make is that this song can push you to face your fears and if dat dude or girl is the reason you aint making progress it is saying straight up bye. Jus sayin.
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    This song is about rising above the odds (negative comments, body languages, expressions) and making it known to yourself and the haters that you're still here and they won't escape your voice they will and must listen to what you have to say. If there is a hidden meaning it could be that for all those who think katy doesn't or didn't deserve her award/s or recognition she worked hard for it and they can't escape acknowledging that fact. She deserves to be where she's at she's loving it so should they. She continued to let them know that she was so worried about being like that she forgot to raise her voice what she believed in and in the process lost herself but she rose quickly picked up the pieces and shook the critiques to a moment of silence please thank you. Don't hate the player hate the game. Ha!
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