“Small Talk” is the 3rd single released by Katy Perry in 2019. The single was officially released on August 9.

Katy said in an Instagram livestream that the song is about a relationship that ended, but you still run into them occasionally. Instead of having an intimate conversation, it’s just an awkward conversation filled with small talk.

Shealso said that “the song is not about a particular person.” Instead, inspiration is drawn from how conversations and relationships change in general, after a relationship ends. Writing the song took two days.

MUSIC VIDEO:

A music video directed by Tanu Muino was released on August 30 and featured her dog Nugget.

LYRICS:

[Verse 1]
Isn’t it strange that you used to know me?
All the highs and lows and in-betweens
And now you see me and just say, ”


Hey”
Isn’t it weird that you’ve seen me naked?
We had conversations ’bout forever
Now it’s ’bout the weather‚ okay

[Pre-Chorus]
And I just can’t believe
We went from strangers to lovers to strangers in a lifetime
Now just memories
We’ve gone from strangers to lovers to strangers
Yeah

[Chorus]
Acting like we never met
Faking like we’d just forget
We were lovers
And now there’s nothing left but small talk
Had every inch of your skin
There’s nowhere your hands haven’t been
Ain’t it funny?
‘Cause now there’s nothing left but small talk

[Verse 2]
Isn’t it wild that I know your weakness?
And everybody at the party thinks
That you’re the best since sliced bread
And isn’t it awkward I got a new somebody?
And honestly it’ll probably be a while before we can just be friends

[Pre-Chorus]
I just can’t believe
We went from strangers to lovers to strangers in a lifetime
Now just memories
We’ve gone from strangers to lovers to strangers
(Small talk)

[Chorus]
Acting like we never met
Faking like we’d just forget
We were lovers
And now there’s nothing left but small talk
Had every inch of your skin
There’s nowhere your hands haven’t been (Hands haven’t been)
Ain’t it funny?
‘Cause now there’s nothing left but small talk

[Post-Chorus]
Blah-blah-blah-blah
Blah-blah-blah-blah
Blah-blah-blah-blah
Now there’s nothing left but small talk
Blah-blah-blah-blah (Nothing left‚ nothing left‚ baby)
Blah-blah-blah-blah (Nah)
Blah-blah-blah-blah (Oh no)
Now there’s nothing left but small talk

[Bridge]
And I just can’t believe
We went from strangers to lovers to strangers

[Chorus]
Acting like we never met
Faking like we’d just forget
We were lovers
And now there’s nothing left but small talk
Had every inch of your skin
There’s nowhere your hands haven’t been (Oh)
Ain’t it funny?
‘Cause now there’s nothing left but small talk
(Now there’s nothing left but small talk)

[Post-Chorus]
Blah-blah-blah-blah
Blah-blah-blah-blah (Blah-blah-blah)
Blah-blah-blah-blah
Now there’s nothing left but small talk (Now there’s nothing left)
Blah-blah-blah-blah
Blah-blah-blah-blah (Small talk)
Blah-blah-blah-blah
Now there’s nothing left but small talk