"The One That Got Away" (CD Single)



One of Perry's cleaner songs -- despite a few iffy lines.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

One line about stealing your parents' liquor.

Positive role models
Lyrics mention alcohol, making out, and getting a tattoo.
Not applicable

Mild: "We make out in your Mustang."

Not applicable

Mentions Mustang and other musical artists.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One reference to drinking liquor.

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.

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. 

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old February 22, 2015

Sweet song is sometimes mature

There is some sex and drinking references but tweens and teens should handle it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old October 19, 2013

Nice song, but has a few iffy lines.

Cleaner than other Katy songs. Consumerism: Mentions Johnny Cash, and a Mustang. Drinking drugs smoking: One line goes, "stealing your parents liquor." Sex: One lyric goes "making out in your Mustang." Other than that, it's okay.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Written byAnonymous February 24, 2013

CSM I thought this is what you rate it. 13+ Only.

No one Under 13 Should listen to this song. Due to Making Out Sex.
What other families should know
Too much sex


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