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Riff: Katy Perry – “Wide Awake”

Dec 27, 2012

I wish I knew then what I know now/Wouldn’t give in, wouldn’t bow down

from Wide Awake lyrics by Katy Perry

“Wide Awake” lifts the chords from “Pumped Up Kicks” and dumps them into a dubstep-esque synth-bass. Sorry, Perry, but Coldplay already beat you to it with “Paradise.” And I still can’t get over Perry playing the wisened ex-victim (multiple times) after making her name using “gay” as a diss in 2008.

Riff by Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.

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