What Makes A Woman

by Katy Perry

Duration:
2:11
Released:
Aug 20, 2020
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Lyrics for What Makes A Woman by Katy Perry:

Verse 1
Is it the way I talk sweet?
The way my skin is soft?
Or how I can be a bitch?
Make you keep your fingers crossed?
Is it the way that I praise you?
The way that I please you?
Or how fast I change my mind
And get scared that I might leave you?

Chorus
Could spend your whole life, but you couldn't
Describe what makes a woman
She’s always been a perfect mystery
Could spend your whole life, but you couldn't
Describe what makes a woman
And that's what makes a woman to me

Verse 2
Is it the way I cut my hair
And put no makeup on?
I feel most beautiful
Doing what the fuck I want
Is it that my intuition
Is never really off?
I need tissues for my issues
And Band-Aids for my heart

Chorus
Could spend your whole life, but you couldn’t
Describe what makes a woman
She's always been a perfect mystery
Could spend your whole life, but you couldn't
Describe what makes a woman
And that's what makes a woman to me

Post-Chorus
Oh, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh
Oh, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh
That's what makes a woman to me
Oh, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh (Oh yeah, yeah-yeah)
Oh, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh

Outro
Is it the way we keep
The whole world turning
In a pair of heels?
Yeah, that's what makes a woman
(There it is, Katheryn)

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Song Facts

The last track of Smile finds Katy Perry filling a country-folkish ballad with common assumptions of what exactly it is that defines a woman. The song grew from the mental and emotional battles that Perry continuously faced following the heavy criticism of her previous album Witness.

Upon its release, Perry revealed that the song is dedicated to her daughter Daisy, who she gave birth to in August 2020, although the song had been in the works before she became pregnant.

Perry further revealed to NPR in August 2020 that the song felt redefined after she became pregnant, adding:

I believe, even now in my last trimester of pregnancy, it’s like, “Man, women can handle so much and are so diverse and so adaptable.” It’s a song that tries to pose a question about how do you define a woman? Well, if you know how to measure a woman, you may not be a woman, first and foremost. But it’s an amazing, beautiful thing and I feel this [awe] about bringing in a little girl to the world.

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