Why Paramore Will No Longer Perform Their Famous Song 'Misery Business' In Concert

"We feel like it's time to move away from it for a little while."

During a recent concert, Hayley Williams of Paramore announced that the band would be retiring live performances of their 2007 single "Misery Business," which includes the slut-shaming lyric, "Once you're a whore, you're nothing more."

"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," Williams told the crowd in Nashville last week, according to E! News.


Before starting the final performance, Williams added, "This is to every bad decision that led us here. This is to all the embarrassing things we might have said. But we owned up to it, and we grew." She reportedly did not sing the lyric in question during the final performance.

Although Hello Giggles points out that some fans are disappointed over the decision, Williams has expressed regret about the lyrics for several years. In 2015, she posted on Tumblr that the song, which she wrote when she was 17, "is not a set of lyrics that I relate to as a 26 year old woman."

Williams added in the post that she is "a proud feminist," although "maybe not a perfect one." The singer elaborated on her thoughts about the song in an interview with Track 7 last year.

"What I couldn't have known at the time was that I was feeding into a lie that I'd bought into, just like so many other teenagers – and many adults – before me," she said. "The whole, 'I'm not like the other girls' thing… this 'cool girl' religion. What even is that? Who are the gatekeepers of 'cool' anyway? Are they all men? Are they women that we've put on top of an unreachable pedestal?"

"For whatever reason, I believe I was supposed to have written those backwards words and I was supposed to learn something from them… years later," Williams continued. "It's made me more compassionate toward other women, who maybe have social anxieties… and toward younger girls who are at this very moment learning to cope and to relate and to connect."

More recently, Paramore is sending a new kind of message with their lyrics. Their song "Rose-Colored Boy," for example, challenges the stigma of depression and anxiety. Earlier this year, the band expressed hope that "someone was made to feel less alone" because of the track.

Check out the music video for "Misery Business" below:

Cover image: DFree / Shutterstock.com


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