Talking about her own struggles with depression, Perry said the song "embodied the mental isolation I sometimes fought."
When Katy Perry went to see the Broadway smash Dear Evan Hansen in April 2017 it had a profound effect on her. The singer wrote about that impact on Thursday morning (Nov. 1), recalling how the after seeing the show she was "emotionally transformed forever." In her own life, she said, "I've struggled with depression, and like so many, always feeling alone in the battle of wanting to belong."
One of the songs from the show that really got her was "Waving Through a Window," which the singer said "embodied the mental isolation I sometimes fought." That's why when the show's creators, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, asked Perry to re-record the song to help launch the musical's national tour -- and continue the conversation on mental health -- she was all in.
The song's inspiring lyrics about overcoming adversity features the lines: "Step out, step out of the sun/ If you keep getting burned/ 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/ I'm waving through a window/ I try to speak, but nobody can hear."