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DEH Deluxe
Katy Perry
Written by Justin Paul
Benj Pasek
Produced by Greg Wells
"Waving Through a Window" is a song from the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. In 2018, Katy Perry recorded a cover of the song for the deluxe edition of the soundtrack.

Background

Perry revealed she recorded a cover of the song through an Instagram post on November 1, 2018. In the post's caption, she explained her reason for covering the song, stating, "On April 29, 2017, I went and saw Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, and was emotionally transformed forever. In my own life, I've struggled with depression, and like so many, always feeling alone in the battle of wanting to belong.

That night, I was particularly struck by the song "Waving Through A Window." It embodied the mental isolation I sometimes fought. So when my friends @benjpasek and @justinpaulmusic came to me and asked if I would like to re-record this song, not only to help launch the national tour, but to continue the conversation on mental health and all its complexities, I jumped right in. I hope this song helps you know that you are not alone, and that I’m waving back at you."[1]

Lyrics

I've learned to slam on the brake
Before I even turn the key
Before I make the mistake
Before I lead with the worst of me

Give them no reason to stare
No slippin' up if you slip away
So I got nothing to share
No, I got nothing to say

Step out, step out of the sun
If you keep getting burned, yeah
Step out, step out of the sun
Because you've learned, because you've learned

On the outside, always looking in
Will I ever be more than I've always been?
'Cause I'm tap, tap, tapping on the glass
Waving through a window, oh
I try to speak, but nobody can hear
So I wait around for an answer to appear
While I watch, watch, watching people pass
I'm waving through a window, oh
Can anybody see? Is anybody waving back at me?
(Back at me, back at me)

We start with stars in our eyes (Stars in our eyes)
We start believing that we belong (We belong)
But every sun doesn't rise (The sun doesn't rise)
And no one tells you where you went wrong

Step out, step out of the sun
If you keep getting burned, yeah
Step out, step out of the sun
Because you've learned, because you've learned

On the outside, always looking in
Will I ever be more than I've always been?
'Cause I'm tap, tap, tapping on the glass
Waving through a window, oh, oh
I try to speak, but nobody can see
So I wait around for the answer to appear
While I watch, watch, watching people pass
I'm waving through a window, oh, oh
Can anybody see? Is anybody waving?

When you're falling in a forest and there's nobody around
Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
When you're falling in the forest and there's nobody around
Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
When you're falling in a forest and there's nobody around
Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
When you're falling in the forest and there's nobody around
Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
Did I even make a sound?
Did I even make a sound?
It's like I never made a sound
Will I ever make a sound?

On the outside, always looking in
Will I ever be more than I've always been?
'Cause I'm tap, tap, tapping on the glass
Waving through a window, oh, oh
I try to speak, but nobody can hear
So I wait around for an answer to appear
While I watch, watch, watching people pass
Waving through a window, oh, oh
Can anybody see? Is anybody waving back at me?
(Back at me, back at me)

Is anybody waving? (Is anybody waving?)
Waving, waving, whoa-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh

Video

“Waving Through A Window” (Katy Perry Version) - DEAR EVAN HANSEN

“Waving Through A Window” (Katy Perry Version) - DEAR EVAN HANSEN

References

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