New Song: Katy Perry, ‘The One That Got Away (Acoustic)’


Credit: Katy Perry

Katy Perry‘s personal life has been plastered all over the news lately, so we’re thrilled to report that she’s got some brand-new tuneage that’s newsworthy in its own right. Along with a link to an acoustic version of her latest single, “The One That Got Away,” Perry tweeted: “Special surprise 4U on iTunes! The amazing Jon Brion & I put a little ACOUSTIC spin on #the1thatgotaway. Hope you like!”

Survey says: We like! Katy’s new take on “The One That Got Away” is poignant and sweet. The instrumentation is simple and sparse, and Katy’s backed only by some light acoustic guitars and whimsical twinkling sounds that serve as the perfect backdrop for her reinterpretation. Layered harmonies come in toward the end, but Katy and her guitar carry the majority of the song.

I didn’t want to go here, but I kind of have to: I can’t help but think that Katy’s split with her hubby Russell Brand served as the impetus to record this new song. Go with me: You can almost hear the real-life pain in Katy’s voice as she sings about “the one that got away” and the pain she feels now that he’s gone. But here’s the best part: He’s not gone forever! Thankfully, Russell wasn’t in a fatal car crash like Katy’s costar in the video for “The One That Got Away”! I’m no couples therapist or anything, but perhaps this version of Katy’s song is a hidden message from Katy to Russell? Or maybe she just wanted to put out a new spin on one of her favorite tracks from the album. Who can say? (Hint: not us! We don’t know them!)

+ Listen to Katy Perry, “The One That Got Away (Acoustic),” and refresh your memory with her “The One That Got Away” video below.