Is Katy Perry’s song “Firework” from 2010 a Buddhist anthem? Here’s some of the Buddhist concepts mentioned in the song together with the lyrics (printed in bold)
The first verse mention feeling that you’re not in control of your life and being overwhelmed, but then introduces hope and the seed of Buddhahood within (“Do you know that there's still a chance for you? Cause there's a spark in you?”) and mentions “You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine” which represents to me awakening your Buddha nature by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
The chorus introduces that you are a Buddha and have the potential to change society (“'Cause baby, you're a firework. Come on, show 'em what you're worth.” )
The second verse continues with recognizing that each of us is valuable to society (“You don't have to feel like a waste of space”) and is worthy of respect (“You're original, cannot be replaced”). The theme from the Gosho that “Winter always turns into Spring” is paraphrased (“If you only knew what the future holds. After a hurricane comes a rainbow”) and then it mentions that the reason for suffering is to reveal a new path to victory similar to “turning poison into medicine” (“Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed, So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road”)
Finally she sings “Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon. It's always been inside of you, you, you. And now it's time to let it through” which is reminding us again of everyone’s potential for Buddhahood since birth and that now is the time to awaken it and let it shine.
Here are three links to youtube videos, including the original video which shows the enlightenment of several individuals:
The original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIwJust the words and music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQtshvDWOFY
Not a fan of Katy Perry? Try this version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocL-o8GY02k