Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” is a song from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. She co-wrote the song with Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, and its producers Dr. Luke and Cirkut.

It was specifically written for Perry’s autobiographical film Katy Perry: Part of Me. Capitol Records released the song onto radio stations on May 22, 2012.

MUSIC VIDEO:

The music video was met with acclaim from most critics, with a number of them deeming it the best video to date from Perry. E! Online opined in a Twitter status that they love the video and compared it to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Rolling Stone gave the clip a positive review, praising its introspective nature, saying that ‘though the clip recalls familiar looks, the video puts a new spin on it all, recasting every colorful look with a melancholy tone and a darker palette.

LYRICS:

[Intro]
I’m wide awake
I’m wide awake
I’m wide awake

[Verse 1]
Yeah, I was in the dark
I was falling hard
With an open heart (I’m wide awake)
How did I read the stars so wrong? (I’m wide awake)
And now it’s clear to me
That everything you see
Ain’t always what it seems (I’m wide awake)
Yeah, I was dreaming for so long

[Pre-Chorus]
I wish I knew then, what I know now
Wouldn’t dive in, wouldn’t bow down
Gravity hurts, you made it so sweet
‘Til I woke up on, on the concrete

[Chorus]
Falling from cloud nine
Crashing from the high
I’m letting go tonight
Yeah, I’m falling from cloud nine

[Verse 2]
I’m wide awake
Not losing any sleep
I picked up every piece
And landed on my feet (I’m wide awake)
Need nothing to complete myself, no (I’m wide awake)
Yeah, I am born again
Out of the lion’s den
I don’t have to pretend (And it’s too late)
The story’s over now, the end

[Pre-Chorus]
I wish I knew then, what I know now
Wouldn’t dive in, wouldn’t bow down
Gravity hurts, you made it so sweet
‘Til I woke up on, on the concrete

[Chorus]
Falling from cloud nine (It was out of the blue, I’m)
Crashing from the high
I’m letting go tonight (Yeah, I’m letting you go, I’m)
I’m falling from cloud nine (I’m wide awake)

[Bridge]
Thunder rumbling
Castles crumbling (I’m wide awake)
I am trying to hold on (I’m wide awake)
God knows that I tried
Seeing the bright side (I’m wide awake)
But I’m not blind anymore

[Interlude]
I’m wide awake
I’m wide awake

[Chorus]
Yeah, I’m falling from cloud nine (It was out of the blue, I’m)
Crashing from the high
You know, I’m letting go tonight (Yeah, I’m letting you go, I’m)
I’m falling from cloud nine

[Outro]
I’m wide awake
I’m wide awake
I’m wide awake
I’m wide awake
I’m wide awake