I Just Kissed A Girl
Album: One of the Boys
Katy Perry doubts her sexuality in the defensive “I Just Kissed A Girl.”
A cagey guitar opens the single, setting a withdrawn tone. She swallows the aspirin and spits out the water in the sink. She looks herself in the mirror and immediately drops her eyes. It was the alcohol. It has to be. Last night at the bar, she had instant girlcrush on a pretty brunette. She had such a fantastic smile and a carefree attitude. She was captivated by her. Her friend would nudge her occasionally and give her a puzzled look. Finally, she got up from the stool with her vodka martini and walked over to the girl. First, she complimented her on her dress. The brunette said thank you and then she gave her a sloppy kiss on the lips. The brunette was polite but said she wasn’t interested. She shook her head and told her it was nothing, it was just for fun. However, she hasn’t stopped thinking the brunette. (“This was never the way I planned/Not my intention/I got so brave, drink in hand/Lost my discretion/It's not what, I'm used to/Just wanna try you on/I'm curious for you/Caught my attention.”)
In the chorus, she rubs her arms, filled with tiny goosebumps, thinking about the kiss. She licks her lips, tasting the brunette’s candied mouth upon her own again. She wonders if her boyfriend knows. She checks her phone but there aren’t any messages from him at all. Is he going to consider it cheating or sexy? If any of her friends told him what happened, she’ll tell him she was drunk and wasn’t thinking. The brunette pops into her mind again and she shrugs the thought away. The kiss meant nothing. (“I kissed a girl and I liked it/The taste of her cherry Chapstick/I kissed a girl just to try it/I hope my boyfriend don't mind it/It felt so wrong/It felt so right/Don't mean I'm in love tonight/I kissed a girl and I liked it/I liked it.”)
She didn’t even introduce herself or bother to learn the brunette’s name. She didn’t want to know. It will make it too real, otherwise. She wanted to know how it would feel. She was raised that men and women belong together. Homosexuality was frowned upon by her parents. Seeing two men kiss or hold hands would get them started on traditional family values. (“No, I don't even know your name/It doesn't matter/You're my experimental game/Just human nature/It's not what/Good girls do/Not how they should behave/My head gets so confused/Hard to obey.”)
The chorus is sung again.
In the bridge, she has thought about girls some. A woman’s ruby red lips are alluring to her. But she again insists it was a one-time thing. (“Us girls we are so magical/Soft skin, red lips, so kissable/Hard to resist so touchable/Too good to deny it/Ain't no big deal, it's innocent.”)
The chorus is sung again to end the single.
Perry’s disavowing vocals eschew the suggestion she may be a lesbian. She reasons she had sex with her boyfriend twice in the afternoon before she left go out that night. . She’s positively absolutely straight. However, she hopes she would run into the brunette again.
Whether the single is controversial is up to interpretation. It was meant to be an impulsive act, something she say she could say did. She didn’t think it would still be on her mind the next morning. The unexpected giddiness at the kiss begins the questions, even though she tries to convince herself they don’t exist. There is no right or wrong way a person realizes their orientation. Expecting a simple epiphany is not how life works. The ire should’ve been directed at “UR So Gay,” which uses an offensive term right in its title and filled with stereotypes in its lyrics.
The confused “I Kissed Just A Girl” is within the gray area as it openly discusses sexuality which is an achievement of itself.