Friday, October 02, 2009

Song Spotlight: Paramore - Turn it Off

It's probably not normal for a grown man to have a crush on a 21 year old girl, but, then again, I'm not normal. Hayley Williams is the lead singer of the the band Paramore, and she is all the rage with her demo these days. Her music really speaks to the army of net savvy kids born in the very late 80's and early 90's. But just because her music is loved by those kids doesn't mean a guy born in the mid 70's can't love it too.

That is especially true when the band has taken a giant leap forward on their 2009 effort. Their third LP "Brand New Eye's" hit shelves (or iTunes) this week and it is fantastic. That is not to say that their previous work wasn't fantastic, because I really enjoyed 2007's "Riot!" a great deal. This record has more layer to it, with more change of pace tracks as opposed to the breakneck pace of Riot. I was immediately struck with how fantastic the song Turn it Off is, both in lyrics and music. It is made even better by the inclusion of an acoustic version that gives the song even more punch. Enjoy:

I scraped my knees when I was praying
And found a demon in my safest haven, seems like
It's getting harder to believe in anything
And just to get lost in all my selfish thoughts
I wanna know what it'd be like
To find perfection in my pride
To see nothing in the light
I'll turn it off
In all my spite
In all my spite
I'll turn it off

And the worst part is
Before it gets any better
We're headed for a cliff
And in the free fall I will realize
I'm better off when I hit the bottom

The tragedy, it seems unending
I'm watching everyone I looked up to break and bending
We're taking shortcuts and false solutions
Just to come out the hero
Well I can see behind the curtain (I can see, yeah yeah)
The wheels are cranking, turning, so on the way we're working
Towards a goal, that's not existent
It's not existent, but we just keep believing

And the worst part is
Before it gets any better
We're headed for a cliff
And in the free fall I will realize
I'm better off when I hit the bottom

I wanna know what it'd be like
To find perfection in my pride
To see nothing in the light
I'll turn it off
In all my spite
In all my spite
I'll turn it off
Just turn it off

Again
Again

And the worst part is
Before it gets any better
We're headed for a cliff
And in the free fall I will realize
I'm better off when I hit the bottom
I scraped my knees when I was praying
And found a demon in my safest haven, seems like
It's getting harder to believe in anything
And just to get lost in all my selfish thoughts
I wanna know what it'd be like
To find perfection in my pride
To see nothing in the light
I'll turn it off
In all my spite
In all my spite
I'll turn it off

And the worst part is
Before it gets any better
We're headed for a cliff
And in the free fall I will realize
I'm better off when I hit the bottom

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