I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, agreed politely
Perry alludes to her days as a Christian rock singer and the “good girl” image she portrayed during her early career. Soon after adopting her stage name, Perry obliterated her demure attitude and also pissed off her parents.
Alternatively, Katy was a doormat girlfriend, always quiet and fearful of provoking her boyfriend (rocking the boat) into becoming like a hurricane (making a mess). This was her starting point once upon a time.
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