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"The One That Got Away" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"The One That Got Away" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
One of Perry's cleaner songs -- despite a few iffy lines.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

One line about stealing your parents' liquor.

Positive Role Models & Representations
Lyrics mention alcohol, making out, and getting a tattoo.

Mild: "We make out in your Mustang."


Mentions Mustang and other musical artists.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One reference to drinking liquor.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "The One That Got Away" is among the cleaner songs in Katy Perry's catalog. Its only mature lyrics include one mention of alcohol ("steal your parents' liquor"), making out, and getting a tattoo. Otherwise, this fairly clean tune contains no profanity or other extremely adult content -- making it one of the better choices for Perry's younger fans.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 18, 2012

From,the same lady who sang "Firework" comes,"The One That Got Away"!

This song is really catchy! I listened to it and I couldn't stop singing along to it!
Parent Written bytreat02 February 17, 2012
Kid, 11 years old February 19, 2012

More age-appropriate than most of her songs

Typical Perry song, with less sexual innuendo and negative messages, although a few steamy lines like "make out in your Mustang". References to liquor...
Teen, 16 years old Written byLucas Couldron May 15, 2012

Great job KP!

Sure Katy Perry said "stealing your parents liquor",and yes she said "We make out in your Mustang".But the rythm is amazing! So shut up Comm... Continue reading

What's the story?

In her track "THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY" -- the sixth hit single from her album Teenage Dream -- pop princess Katy Perry sings about losing her teenage love. Though the two teens steal their parents' liquor, make out in a car, and get matching tattoos, the rest of the song is an account of an adult who wistfully wishes her teen romance had lasted.

Is it any good?

Perry can get away with releasing six songs off of one album, since so many of her tunes have an undeniable pop appeal. "The One That Got Away" is no exception, with its super-catchy synth hook and Perry's solid pipes. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the serious consequences that can result from underage drinking. Why do so many songs make light of this topic?

  • The song is about romanticizing a teenage romance, wishing it had stood the test of time. Why don't most teen relationships last?

Music details

  • Artist: Katy Perry
  • Release date: November 1, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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