"Part of Me" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Pop princess sings clean tune about standing up to her ex.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

A positive message about never settling for substandard treatment from a romantic partner.

Positive role models

Katy Perry isn't always the best role model, but this song is all about demanding respect from a partner.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Part of Me" is a clean, positive track about being strong enough to end a romance with someone who's not treating you well. Unlike a lot of Katy Perry songs, this one includes no explicit references to sex or substances, and it also lacks profanity -- opting instead for self-confident statements like "Now look at me, I'm sparkling / A firework, a dancing flame, you won't ever put me out." It's a great message for young fans in the process of developing strong self-esteem.

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What's the story?

"PART OF ME" is a single from the reissue of Teenage Dream, the massively successful second album from pop star Katy Perry. After divorcing her husband, actor/comedian Russell Brand, Perry changed the lyrics to this largely-clean single about standing up to disrespectful treatment from "you can keep the dog, I never liked him anyway" to "you can keep the diamond ring, it don't mean nothing anyway."

Is it any good?


Katy Perry knows how to make a pop hit, as evidenced by the huge success of the many singles from the album Teenage Dream -- and "Part of Me" promises to follow suit. She combines her quirky yet strong vocals against the typically infectious synth-pop beat featured in most of her songs, resulting in another track that's sure to receive plenty of radio play.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this song reflects Katy Perry's stormy relationship with actor and former husband Russell Brand.

  • Is it OK for artists like Perry to make their music so obviously about a personal friend or loved one? Why or why not?

  • Is Katy Perry a good role model? Why or why not?

Music details

Artist:Katy Perry
Release date:February 21, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old February 1, 2015
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 8 years old December 10, 2014

Good Katy Perry Song!!

It's very good and helpful to the people that need to stand up to other people. Katy Perry expresses that she wants to tell the people who are hearing the song to stand up to people and never give up. "This is the part of me that you're never ever ever take away from me!!" "Throw your sticks and stones. Your bombs and blows, but you're not going to take my soul-l-l!!" But in the beginning it shows Katy's ex-boyfriend kissing another girl.
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Kid, 10 years old December 29, 2013

Part of me Review

Good song. About "Throw you sticks and stones" Talking about no matter what you do I'm sticking w/ this.
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