Song of the Day #3,511: ‘Hard Times’ – Paramore

Paramore claims the #11 spot on Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll with their sprightly single ‘Hard Times.’

Despite the calypso beat and pop art video, this is song was inspired by a bout of depression suffered by lead singer Hayley Williams. The juxtaposition of music and lyrics makes for a pleasantly disorienting experience.

This is Paramore’s first album in three years, and it’s put the band back in my daughter’s orbit (and hence, back in mine). I look forward to hearing the rest of it.

[Verse 1]
All that I want
Is to wake up fine
Tell me that I’m alright
That I ain’t gonna die
All that I want
Is a hole in the ground
You can tell me when it’s alright
For me to come out

[Chorus]
(Hard times)
Gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times)
Gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
(These lives)
And I still don’t know how I even survive
(Hard times)
(Hard times)
And I gotta get to rock bottom
(Oof!)

[Verse 2]
Walking around
With my little rain cloud
Hanging over my head
And it ain’t coming down
Where do I go?
Gimme some sort of sign
You hit me with lightning!
Maybe I’ll come alive

[Chorus]
(Hard times)
Gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times)
Gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
(These lives)
And I still don’t know how I even survive
(Hard times)
(Hard times)
And I gotta get to rock bottom
(Oof!)

[Bridge]
Tell my friends I’m coming down
We’ll kick it when I hit the ground
Tell my friends I’m coming down
We’ll kick it when I hit the ground
When I hit the ground, when I hit the ground
When I hit the ground, when I hit the ground

[Chorus]
(Hard times)
Gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times)
Gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
(These lives)
And I still don’t know how I even survive
(Hard times) hard times
(Hard times) hard times
(Hard times)
Gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times)
Gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
(These lives)
And I still don’t know how I even survive
(Hard times) hard times
(Hard times)
And I gotta get to rock bottom
(Oof!)

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,511: ‘Hard Times’ – Paramore

  1. Maddie says:

    Definitely a great new album for Paramore 👌🏼 Not all of the songs stick as well as this one, but I do have a handful of new favorites from the album. 🙂

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    Parra ore became known to me through my daughter as well, who I see is already up to speed on the new album. 😊 I like this song and it’s a cool looking video.

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