Music Friday: Katy Perry Wants to Be ‘Pretty in Pearls’ — Not ‘One of the Boys’ — in the Title Track of Her 2008 Blockbuster Album

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun tunes with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today’s selection is Katy Perry’s “One of the Boys,” the title track from her blockbuster 2008 album.

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In a song recounting her turbulent high-school days, Perry sings about shedding her tomboy image: “I just wanna be one of the girls, pretty in pearls. Not one of the boys.”

Later in the song, she tells a guy who used to treat her like a little sister that he may have a chance one day, “But not until you give me my diamond ring.”

Today’s song is the first track from One of the Boys, Perry’s Grammy-nominated second studio album. The album has sold more than five million copies worldwide and charted four songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

Born Katheryn Elizabeth “Katy” Hudson, the 28-year-old Perry can boast nine Grammy Award nominations and the title of Billboard’s 2012 Woman of the Year. She’s credited with being the only artist to spend 69 consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Please check out the video of Perry’s 2008 live performance of “One of the Boys.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along.

“One of the Boys”
Written and performed by Katy Perry.

I saw a spider, I didn’t scream
‘Cause I can belch the alphabet
Just double dog dare me
And I chose guitar over ballet
And I take these suckers down
‘Cause they just get in my way

The way you look at me is kinda like a little sister
Your high five, your goodbyes
And it leaves me nothing but blisters

[Chorus:]
So I don’t wanna be one of the boys
One of your guys
Just give me a chance to prove to you tonight
That I just wanna be one of the girls
Pretty in pearls
Not one of the boys

So over the summer something changed
I started reading “Seventeen” and shaving my legs
And I studied “Lolita” religiously
And I walked right into school and caught you staring at me

‘Cause I know what you know
But now you’re gonna have to take a number
It’s OK
Maybe one day
But not until you give me my diamond ring

[Chorus:]
‘Cause I don’t wanna be one of the boys
One of your guys
Just give me a chance to prove to you tonight
That I just wanna be your homecoming queen
Pin-up poster dream
Not one of the boys

I wanna be a flower
Not a dirty weed
I wanna smell like roses
Not a baseball team
And I swear maybe one day you’re gonna
Wanna make out, make out, make out with me

(Don’t wanna be) don’t wanna be
(Don’t wanna be) don’t wanna be
(Don’t wanna be)

[Chorus:]
‘Cause I don’t wanna be one of the boys
One of your guys
Just give me a chance to prove to you tonight
That I just wanna be one of the girls
Pretty in pearls
And not one of the boys

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