Your dreams of reliving high school (musically at least) are over, because Paramore is done with “Misery Business.”
Paramore will no longer play the angsty but well-loved 2007 hit Misery Business at live shows.
This was announced over the weekend at a concert they played in Nashville to celebrate the end of their After Laughter tour, reports Nylon, but played the song at the same concert “for the last time in a long time.”
Frontwoman Hayley Williams announced the fact before the band launched into the song.
“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. This is happening. We’re gonna play it,” she said, before adding that it was a dedication to “every bad decision that led us here.”
“This is to all the embarrassing things we might have said,” she continued. “But we owned up to it, and we grew.”
The song stirred controversy in the past decade largely due to slut-shaming and what many regarded as anti-feminist lines, like “Once a whore, you’re nothing more, I’m sorry that’ll never change.”
But Williams, who wrote the line when she was 17, addressed it in a statement she typed out on Tumblr back in 2015 and then in an appearance with Track 7 last year.
“The thing that annoyed me was that I had already done so much soul-searching about it, years before anyone else had decided there was an issue,” Williams said in the interview, adding that the lyric came from her diary.
“When the article began circulating, I sort of had to go and rehash everything in front of everybody. It was important, however, for me to show humility in that moment. I was a 17 year old kid when I wrote the lyrics in question and if I can somehow exemplify what it means to grow up, get information, and become any shade of ‘woke’, then that’s a-okay with me,” she said.
She also added that the lyrics are no longer something “she identifies with as a 26 year old woman.”