“Dark Horse” is the lead promotional single from American recording artist Katy Perry‘s fourth studio album, Prism.
It was released on September 17, 2013, by Capitol Records as the first promotional single from Perry’s fourth studio album, Prism. Three months later, it was released as the third official single on December 17.
Both artists co-wrote the song with its producers, Max Martin, Cirkut, and Dr. Luke, alongside Sarah Hudson. It was conceived by Perry and Hudson during a writing session in Perry’s hometown of Santa Barbara, California, and Juicy J was later commissioned for a verse on the song.
“Dark Horse” combines the genres of trap and hip hop, creating what has been described as a “Southern rap-techno mashup”.
Lyrics for Katy Perry feat. Juicy J – Dark Horse
[Intro: Juicy J]
Yeah yall know what it is
Uh huh, let’s rage!
[Verse 1: Katy Perry]
I knew you were
You were gonna come to me
And here you are
But you better choose carefully
I’m capable of anything
Make me your Aphrodite
Make me your one and only
But don’t make me your enemy
[Chorus: Katy Perry]
So you wanna play with magic?
Boy, you should know what you’re falling for
Baby, do you dare to do this?
Cause I’m coming at you like a dark horse
Are you ready for?
A perfect storm?
Cause once you’re mine
Once you’re mine
There’s no going back
[Verse 2: Katy Perry]
Mark my words
This love will make you levitate
Like a bird
Like a bird without a cage
We’re down to earth
If you choose to walk away
Don’t walk away
It’s in the palm of your hand now baby
It’s a yes or a no?
So just be sure
Before you give it all to me
All to me
Give it all to me
[Verse 3: Juicy J]
She’s a beast, I call her Karma
She eat your heart out like Jeffrey Dahmer
Be careful, try not to lead her on
Shawty’s heart is on steroids, cause her love is so strong
You may fall in love when you meet her
If you get the chance you better keep her
She’s sweet as pie but if you break her heart
She turn cold as a freezer
That fairy tale ending with a knight in shining armor
She can be my sleeping beauty, I’m gon’ put her in a coma (Woo!)
Damn, I think I love her, shawty’s so bad, I’m sprung and I don’t care
She ride me like a roller coaster, turn the bedroom into a fair
Her love is like a drug, I was tryna hit it and quit it
But lil mama so dope, I messed around and got addicted