From San Francisco to Paris, disco balls have been strategically placed to hype up Katy Perry's
song, "Chained To The Rhythm". And as expected fans went searching and got the chance to hear the song before anyone else if they made the effort to find the chained disco balls. All they needed to do was plug in a pair of headphones to check out her new track. Now there's a lyric video for "Chained To The Rhythm".
The thumbnail in the video is a hamster, so yeah, the video is pretty cute as it features Mr. Parsons, the hamster. And the little hamster that hops on each lyric to help you follow along but to be honest, it's a little distraction.
But besides that, it's a simple video with the use of the trendy "small kitchen" - you probably have seen it on either Instagram or Facebook cooking super tiny meals using tiny kitchen appliances. It's an interesting idea - it keeps the video more current and appealing to our generation.
But what's even more current are the lyrics. At first, it just sounds like a typical pop song that's promoting partying, drinking, and just having a good time. But hidden in all that good stuff are political references and her perspective on the current state of the world. In the first verse, she sings, "Are we crazy? Living our lives, through a lens / Trapped in our white-picket fence / Like ornaments / So comfortable, we live in a bubble, a bubble / So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble, the trouble
These lyrics imply the people are ignoring the country's major problems such as the election of president Donald Trump. People tend to ignore and isolate themselves and prefer to do nothing versus do something to see change. In the second verse, she's still going with the idea that people are turning the other way when it comes to current issues but still has hope for all to come together.
"Are we tone deaf? Keep sweeping it under the mat / Though we can do better than that I hope we can..."
In the bridge featuring Skip Marley, "It is my desire break down the walls to connect, inspire, / Ay, up in your high place, liars / Time is ticking for the empire / The truth they feed is feeble / As so many times before / They greed over the people / They stumbling and fumbling / And were about to riot / They woke up, they woke up the lions."
This part was more blunt, having to do with the greed and the control the corporation has over us. As well as he implies bring the people together and rebelling. Even though the lyrics in his part are decent in meaning it still sounds like a typical feature in pop songs, forced in and played out.
The lyrical meaning made the song more respectable than other pop songs, even Perry called her track "purposeful pop," which I agree with. It's catchy after a few listens and the beat is surprisingly different - it's really fresh, which is one of my most favorite things about this song. It's not one of her best but for what it is, it's decent. I kind of expected more considering all the effort made to get people to listen using those chained disco balls.