Song Analysis of Hot and Cold

Song Analysis: Hot and Cold – Katy Perry


You change your mind
Like a girl changes clothes
Yeah you, PMS
Like a bitch
I would know

[Clearly women change their clothes often, at least stereotypically they do. I think this is more true of women in the West than around the world. I doubt that women living in small villages in Africa are likely to change their clothes on the hour. The singer is criticizing her boyfriend/husband/lover for being too indecisive. Interestingly, PMS is used as a verb here. Since irritability is one of the most well-known symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, to PMS means to act irritably.]


And you over think
Always speak

I should know
That you’re no good for me

[She seems to think this guy is too cerebral. He speaks cryptically, perhaps like Alan Greenspan. This isn’t a good fit for her. She seems to be more spontaneous and less likely to over-think things.}

Cause you’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down
You’re wrong when it’s right
It’s black and it’s white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up
(you) You don’t really want to stay, no
(but you) But you don’t really want to go-o
You’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in and you’re out
You’re up and you’re down

[She describes this guy as always going from one extreme to the other. He’s hot then he’s cold. I don’t think she’s talking about temperature. She means that he’s passionate one minute and apathetic the next. She says he’s yes and then no, meaning he can’t make up his mind. The next two seem sexual to me. Being “in” and then “out” as well as “up” and then “down.”


Her relationship is stormy. The two fight with each other, break-up and then miss each other, making up. If you want to see a comical version of this break up/ make up cycle, look for the Seinfeld episode where Elaine and Putty can’t decide what to do with their relationship. The episode is called “The Voice.”]


We used to be
Just like twins
So in sync
The same energy
Now’s a dead battery
Used to laugh bout nothing
Now your plain boring

I should know that
You’re not gonna change


[She talks about having the same energy as her guy. At one time, they seemed perfectly in sync. But now, they have no energy just like a dead battery. Similarly, their conversations used to be easy and they would laugh over trivialities. But now, she finds him boring. The last line here seems ironic to me because she claims he’s “never gonna change.” But it seems that her problem with him used to be that he changed too much – going from hot to cold so fast.[


Someone call the doctor
Got a case of a love bipolar
Stuck on a roller coaster
Can’t get off this ride

You change your mind
Like a girl changes clothes

[She compares her relationship to bi-polar disorder, otherwise known as manic depression. In bipolar disorder, the patient rapidly oscillates from states of high energy and happiness to states of low energy and sadness. She also compares it to a roller coaster with its frequent highs and lows. She wants to end the relationship but can’t figure out how.]



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