Better On Paper: Top 10 Songs About Books, Authors, & Literary Characters

1. “Firework”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Katy Perry[/lastfm]

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And the shocker of all shockers: Katy Perry’s smash-hit song is actually based on a passage from Jack Kerouac’s novel On The Road according to a quote from Billboard:

“Basically I have this very morbid idea… when I pass, I want to be put into a firework and shot across the sky over the Santa Barbara Ocean as my last hurrah,” she said. “I want to be a firework, both living and dead.” 

“My boyfriend [Russel Brand] showed me a paragraph out of Jack Kerouac’s book ‘On The Road’, about people that are buzzing and fizzing and full of life and never say a commonplace thing. They shoot across the sky like a firework and make people go, ‘Ahhh.’ I guess that making people go ‘ahhh’ is kind of like my motto.”

Here’s the quote we think she means from Kerouac:

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”

[Source: SongFacts]

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