“The One That Got Away” is a song by American singer Katy Perry for her third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). The song was produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin, both of whom also co-wrote the song with Perry. The song is a mid-tempo pop ballad about a lost love.

“The One That Got Away” peaked at number three on Billboard Hot 100, with Teenage Dream becoming the seventh album in the 53-year history of the Hot 100 to generate at least six top 10s.

MUSIC VIDEO:

The video was directed by Floria Sigismondi, who previously directed the video for “E.T.” The music video premiered on November 11, 2011.

LYRICS:

[Verse 1]
Summer after high school, when we first met
We’d make out in your Mustang to Radiohead
And on my 18th birthday, we got matching tattoos
Used to steal your parents’ liquor and climb to the roof
Talk about our future like we had a clue
Never planned that one day I’d be losing you

[Chorus]
In another life, I would be your girl
We’d 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

[Verse 2]
I was June, and you were my Johnny Cash
Never one without the other, we made a pact
Sometimes when I miss you, I put those records on, whoa
Someone said you had your tattoo removed
Saw you downtown, singing the blues
It’s time to face the music, I’m no longer your muse

[Chorus]
But in another life, I would be your girl
We’d 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

[Post-Chorus]
The one
The one
The one
The one that got away

[Bridge]
All this money can’t buy me a time machine, no
Can’t replace you with a million rings, no
I should’ve told you what you meant to me, whoa
‘Cause now I pay the price

[Chorus]
In another life, I would be your girl
We’d 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

[Post-Chorus]
The one (The one)
The one (The one)
The one (The one)
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