Roulette
Katy Perry Lyrics


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I'm uptight
Playing by the rules in this game of life
365 days on the grind
Something's stirring, I might need to unwind
Then, there's you
Texting me a little bubble of trouble
I've tried to ignore these thoughts that rumble
I think I'm bored of being so careful

Big city lights
Got me flirting with fire
Tonight I'ma let my hair down
Have a few rounds and just let go

Like roulette, o-o
Wanna close my eyes and roll it, with you
Like roulette, o-o
Wanna lose control and forget with you
Like roulette
Let's roll it

They say everything in moderation
And sometimes, you got to give in to temptation
So, I drop a pin to my location
Let's roll the dice

Big city lights
Got me flirting with fire
Tonight I'ma let my hair down
Have a few rounds and just let go

Like roulette, o-o
Wanna close my eyes and roll it, with you
Like roulette, o-o
Wanna lose control and forget with you
Like roulette
Let's roll it
Like roulette
(Let's roll it)

So tonight, we test limits (test limits)
Take the safety off for a minute (for a minute)
'Cause my love's a bullet with your name written on it
Just load it and spin it

Like roulette, o-o
Wanna close my eyes and roll it, with you
Like roulette, o-o
Wanna lose control and forget with you
Like roulette
Let's roll it
Like roulette




Wanna close my eyes and roll it, with you
(Like roulette)

Overall Meaning

The song "Roulette" by Katy Perry is about living on the edge and taking risks. The lyrics describe the singer's desire to break free from the monotony and strictness of life, as she is tired of playing by the rules. She is tempted to let loose and have some fun, which is symbolized by playing the game of roulette. The song's chorus urges the listener to join her in taking a chance on love, as she wants to "close my eyes and roll it" with her partner.


The song's bridge emphasizes the idea of living in the moment and taking risks, stating that "sometimes, you got to give in to temptation." Perry drops a pin to her location, urging her partner to join her in testing their limits and taking the safety off for a minute. The metaphor of love being a bullet with their name written on it captures the idea of living dangerously, as they load and spin the gun like the wheel of the roulette.


Overall, "Roulette" is a song that celebrates the idea of living on the edge and taking risks, as seen in the chorus: "like roulette, let's roll it." The singer wants the listener to join her in letting go and having some fun, even if it means taking a chance and risking it all.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm uptight
I am feeling tense and anxious.


Playing by the rules in this game of life
I have been following the societal norms and expectations.


365 days on the grind
Every day, I have been working and putting in effort towards my goals.


Something's stirring, I might need to unwind
I feel a desire to let loose and relax.


Then, there's you
Referring to a significant other.


Texting me a little bubble of trouble
Sending me messages that are tempting and could potentially cause issues.


I've tried to ignore these thoughts that rumble
I have attempted to suppress my desires.


I think I'm bored of being so careful
I am tired of always being cautious and want to take some risks.


Big city lights
The bright and exciting atmosphere of a large city.


Got me flirting with fire
I am being drawn towards things that are dangerous or risky.


Tonight I'ma let my hair down
I am planning to relax and enjoy myself tonight.


Have a few rounds and just let go
I intend to indulge in some drinks and have a good time.


Like roulette, o-o
Referring to the gamble of the game of roulette, taking chances and not knowing the outcome.


Wanna close my eyes and roll it, with you
I want to take the leap and take risks with my significant other.


Wanna lose control and forget with you
I want to experience the loss of inhibitions and forget my worries with my significant other.


Let's roll it
Let's take the chance and live in the moment.


They say everything in moderation
It is popular to believe that everything should be done with balance and not excessively.


And sometimes, you got to give in to temptation
Sometimes it is important to indulge in things that could be risky or dangerous.


So, I drop a pin to my location
I am indicating my whereabouts to my significant other.


Let's roll the dice
Let's take a chance and see what happens.


So tonight, we test limits (test limits)
We are going to push the boundaries of what we normally do.


Take the safety off for a minute (for a minute)
We are going to let loose and not be so cautious.


'Cause my love's a bullet with your name written on it
I am deeply in love with my significant other and they are intertwined in my desires and temptations.


Just load it and spin it
Just take the chance and see what happens.


Wanna close my eyes and roll it, with you (Like roulette)
I want to take risks and throw caution to the wind with my significant other by my side.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: - SHELLBACK, ALI PAYAMI, FERRAS MAHMOUD ALQAISI, KATY PERRY, MAX MARTIN

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[Verse 1]
I'm uptight
Playing by the rules in this game of life
365 days on the grind
Something's stirring, I might need to unwind
Then, there's you
Texting me a little bubble of trouble
I've tried to ignore these thoughts that rumble
I think I'm bored of being so careful

[Pre-Chorus]
Big city lights
Got me flirting with fire
Tonight I'mma let my hair down
Have a few rounds and just let go

[Chorus]
Like roulette, ooh-ooh
Wanna close my eyes and roll it with, with you
Like roulette, ooh-ooh
Wanna lose control and forget with you
Like roulette
Let's roll it

[Verse 2]
They say everything in moderation
And sometimes, you got to give in to temptation
So, I drop a pin to my location
Let's roll the dice

[Pre-Chorus]
Big city lights
Got me flirting with fire
Tonight I'mma let my hair down
Have a few rounds and just let go

[Chorus]
Like roulette, ooh-ooh
Wanna close my eyes and roll with, with you
Like roulette, ooh-ooh
Wanna lose control and forget with you
Like roulette
Let's roll it
Like roulette
Let's roll it

[Bridge]
So tonight, we test limits
Take the safety off for a minute
'Cause my love's a bullet with your name written on it
Just load it and spin it

[Chorus]
Like roulette, ooh-ooh
Wanna close my eyes and roll with, with you
Like roulette, ooh-ooh
Wanna lose control and forget with you
Like roulette
Let's roll it
Like roulette
Wanna close my eyes and roll with, with you
Like roulette



All comments from YouTube:

@boza4202

Still pissed off this wasn’t a single

@JaKamille

😭😭😭 so true

@Cyancat123

Honestly Katy really messed up this album. This song and Witness should have been singles and Bon Appetite shouldn't have been.

@ison7834

Agree also the fact that Hey hey hey is a song on this album and Dance with the devil was just a bonus track and not a song on the actual album really disappoints me.

@drkduranrz

im still waiting the video of deja vu ;))

@Mscape7

Walking On Air and Legendary Lovers should have been no.1s from Prism. Then, this album needed this as a 2nd single, Witness as 3rd, Act My Age 4th, and Bon Appetit and Swish Swish should have been videos on youtube for fans.

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@prismathicc1569

WE DON'T CARE YEAR IT IS!!! JUST RELEASE THIS AS A SINGLE!!!!!!! MA'AM KATY!!!!!!!!

@electraheart5967

I AGREE SO MUCH OMG JUST RELEASE IT AS A SINGLE PLEASE KATY

@marcocortez7578

YA WALKING ON AIR TOO

@littlemonstertaylorsversio5545

i dont get it why hey hey hey over this ???? this is so perfect to be the last single

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