Song of the Day #3,197: ‘Paris’ – The Chainsmokers

Yesterday I bemoaned the sameness of every Chainsmokers song I’ve heard and called on the EDM duo to try something different. Well, one day later, here’s their chance.

The Chainsmokers’ tune ‘Paris’ sits at #9 on this week’s charts, giving them their fifth top ten hit in the past year. These guys are really on a roll.

‘Paris’ is a bit different than other recent hits by the band. For one thing, it doesn’t have a featured vocalist (though singer-songwriter Emily Warren provides backing vocals). Andrew Taggart handles the lead vocals himself, in his deadpan, half-spoken way. It also, blessedly, lacks the techno breakdown you find in every other Chainsmokers song, though it feels like it’s about to kick in around the chorus but then backs off.

I wouldn’t say either of those differences make this a good song, necessarily, but at least it’s something of a stretch.

[Verse 1: Andrew Taggart]
We were staying in Paris
To get away from your parents
And I thought, “Wow
If I could take this in a shot right now
I don’t think that we could work this out”
Out on the terrace
I don’t know if it’s fair but I thought “How
Could I let you fall by yourself
While I’m wasted with someone else?”

[Chorus: Andrew Taggart & Emily Warren]
If we go down then we go down together
They’ll say you could do anything
They’ll say that I was clever
If we go down then we go down together
We’ll get away with everything
Let’s show them we are better
Let’s show them we are better
Let’s show them we are better

[Verse 2: Andrew Taggart]
We were staying in Paris
To get away from your parents
You look so proud
Standing there with a frown and a cigarette
Posting pictures of yourself on the Internet
Out on the terrace
We breathe in the air of this small town
On our own, cuttin’ class for the thrill of it
Getting drunk on the past, we were livin’ in

[Chorus: Andrew Taggart & Emily Warren]
If we go down then we go down together
They’ll say you could do anything
They’ll say that I was clever
If we go down then we go down together
We’ll get away with everything
Let’s show them we are better

[Post-Chorus: Emily Warren & Andrew Taggart]
Let’s show them we are
Show them we are
Let’s show them we are
Show them we are
Let’s show them we are better
We were staying in Paris
Let’s show them we are better
Let’s show them we are
Show them we are
Let’s show them we are
Show them we are
Let’s show them we are better

[Chorus: Andrew Taggart & Emily Warren]
If we go down then we go down together
They’ll say you could do anything
They’ll say that I was clever
If we go down then we go down together
We’ll get away with everything
Let’s show them we are better

[Bridge: Andrew Taggart & Emily Warren]
We were staying in Paris (If we go down)
We were staying in Paris (If we go down)
We were staying in Paris (If we go down)
We were staying in Paris (If we go down)
Let’s show them we are better
We were staying in Paris

[Outro: Andrew Taggart & Emily Warren]
Let’s show them we are better
Let’s show them we are better
If we go down
Let’s show them we are better
If we go down
Let’s show them we are better
If we go down
Let’s show them we are better
Let’s show them we are better

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,197: ‘Paris’ – The Chainsmokers

  1. Dana says:

    They may have dialed back the techno synth, but the sameness is still there. Daniel and I have started overlaying the chorus of “Closer” to any Chainsmokers song that now comes on the radio, and it works quite well, including this one. Try it. It’s fun.😄

  2. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    Yeah, I don’t think we can The Chainsmokers the benefit of the doubt on this one. They have a very formulaic way of making songs and it works and gets them on the radio so good for them. But as long as The Chainsmokers keep making vague differences to “Closer” in order to have new songs on the radio we will continue to sing “Closer” over those songs.

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