Here’s a special treat. Katy Perry’s demo of “Passenger,” a song that later graced Britney Spears’ Britney Jean LP, has finally surfaced and it’s magnificent. The track always sounded somewhat out of place on Brit’s much-maligned album for the simple fact that it has more to say about the human condition that bops like “Work Bitch,” “Tik Tik Boom” and “It Should Be Easy.” Produced by Diplo and co-written by Katy and Sia, the mid-tempo bop is about letting go and letting the universe, God or a loved one (depending on your standpoint) take the wheel.
Surprisingly, there isn’t a lot of different between the demo and the finished version — at least, lyrically. Katy’s version sounds less robotic and organic, but that could have more to do with it being a work in progress. It also sounds more alive, vulnerable and hopeful. Having heard Katy’s demo, it’s odd that “Passenger” didn’t end up Prism. The track would have fit into the second half of the album perfectly. Anyway listen to Katy’s version and compare it with the finished product below.
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