Katy Perry has released a new single “Rise” for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
What Is Katy Perry’s “Rise”?
Katy Perry’s “Rise” was released on July 15, 2016 and will be used as an anthem for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil.
Initially, the song is only available on Apple’s iTunes and Apple Music.
Katy Perry Rise Video
This is the music video for Katy Perry’s “Rise.”
What Is Rise About?
Katy Perry spoke to the NBC Today show about Rise. “This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface. I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for the album, because of the overall mood of the world today,” she said.
Her reference to “mood” was about the horrific terror attack on the Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France on July 14, 2016.
Katy Perry Rise Lyrics
Some of the phrases in “Rise” include: “I won’t just conform/ No matter how you shake my core/ Cause my roots the run deep” and “When the fire’s at my feet again/ And the vultures all start circling/ They’re whispering, ‘You’re out of time’/But still, I rise.”
Katy Perry “Rise” Inspiration
The phrase “still, I rise” can also be found in the famous poem, “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.