Listen to Katy Perry's Pre-Fame Ditty

Entertainment May. 17, 2010 AT 12:59PM

Katy Perry may have another monster hit on her hands with "California Gurls" (it's already No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart!) but she also has another song out now with a bit of the pop-rockers history behind it.

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If Truth and Savage's "Old Piano" sounds a bit Katy, there's a reason. The track off of the L.A. band's debut LP, hitting record stores on May 25 and produced by their mentor, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, features lyrics a pre-fame Perry penned while sleeping on the couch as a struggling singer/songwriter!

How did Perry come to be involved in the tune's creation? "She was dating my friend, James Valentine, who plays guitar in Maroon 5," Truth and Salvage Co. member Tim Jones explains. "We were up at his house one night, and she was asleep. He had a piano there, and it was late. I started playing and working on a song. I just had: 'You've been playing me like an old piano/all the notes out of key.' Katy woke up and said, 'What's that you're playing?' I said I was working on a new song but all I have is You've been playing me like an old piano/ all the notes out of key. To that she responded: Singing the right words over the wrong melody. And went back to sleep...She contributed those words."

Check out the song to hear Katy's influence above.

By Ian Drew for UsMagazine.com. To read more of Ian's blog, click here and don't forget to follow him on Twitter.

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