"Wide Awake" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Thoughtful break-up ballad from sometimes-edgy pop star.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 17 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Song is about coming back down to reality after a bad break-up, realizing your mistakes, and moving on.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In light of her recent public break-up, Perry shows that everyone falls hard, but it's how you pick yourself back up and move forward that counts.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Talks about "high," but only in the metaphorical sense of being in love.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Wide Awake" is a slower, more serious song from Katy Perry that's about coming down to Earth after a bad break-up (Perry is recently divorced from Brit actor/funnyman Russell Brand). The lyrics and content are clean, but since it's about a mature topic, it's best for older tweens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAbigail1975000 July 15, 2012

Wide Awake

Teaches kids relationship values, kids under ten might not appreciate the meaning, maybe they might! Just know your kid under 10.
As far as the song, I love it.... Continue reading
Parent Written bytreat02 June 30, 2012

different people.....different meanings....the only one who knows is Katy Perry

What I think is that this song's meaning has many different ones for many different people. Mostly, parents think that Katy Perry's songs and concerts... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 September 1, 2020
I've heard this song and it is one of the best Katy Perry song!
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat August 30, 2020

The best singer.

I think Katy Perry is a really good singer. My mom and amp; I both like Katy Perry. And she is a great role model for everyone.
Also congratulations baby Daisy...

What's the story?

Pop diva Katy Perry shows her serious, vulnerable side with the slow-paced single "WIDE AWAKE," about coming down from the love-induced euphoria that rules at the beginning of a relationship. The single is part of Perry's Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection.

Is it any good?

"Wide Awake" is a nice change of pace for Perry, letting her belt out some heartfelt lyrics about being "blinded by the light" of love. Who knows if the lyrics are written from her own experience as a recent divorcee, but when she says, "I was falling hard with an open heart, I'm wide awake, how did I read the stars so wrong," we're reminded that she's like anybody else, looking for love and making a few missteps along the way.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way that celebrities live their life in the public eye. Do you think the media goes too far when it intrudes into the private lives of celebrities, or is it something they (the celebrities) signed up for? Do you find yourself interested in celebrities' private lives?

  • Have you ever gone through a break-up? How did it make you feel? What did you do to cope?

  • How is this song different than some of Perry's other songs? Do you like her serious side, or the sillier songs?

Music details

  • Artist: Katy Perry
  • Release date: May 20, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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