During Paramore’s concert at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium recently, singer Hayley Williams made an announcement that Paramore would no longer be playing their hit song ‘Misery Business’ after that night. She said, “Tonight, we’re playing the song for the last time for a really long time. This is a choice that we have made because we feel that we should. We feel like it’s time to move away from it for a little while.”
‘Misery Business’ is one of Paramore’s biggest hits. However, they have also been criticized time and time again for its lyrics, which read, “Second chances, they don’t ever matter. People never change. Once a w****, you’re nothing more. I’m sorry. That’ll never change.” This criticism comes to this day, even after Hayley explained time and time again that she wrote that song as a naive and narrow-minded teenager. “It wasn’t really meant to be this big philosophical statement about anything,” she explained on Tumblr. “It was quite literally a page in my diary about a singular moment I experienced as a high schooler.”
I’m sure we can all relate to the part about writing stupid stuff online as a teenager. It just so happens that Hayley is famous and her thoughts were turned into a much-loved and much-played (and now much-talked about) song. And now, we may never hear the song live again.
Are you a Paramore fan? If so, did these lyrics ever bother you? Would really love to hear from you.