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Posted by - 08:15 PM on 06/27/07
Hayley from Paramore has updated the band's livejournal.
"Paramore Update re-demp-tion |riˈdemp sh ən|
noun
1. the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil : God's plans for the redemption of his world.

there is something that has been on my mind for a while, now, pertaining the song, "Misery Business". i haven't really known what to say about it or how to say it... but honestly, after talking to the guys about it, we feel like what's important is that we try. (whether it sounds "cool" or not). it might get a little personal but here goes nothing.

(in a week or so, i'm going to take this next paragraph down... so read up while you can, if you like details).

"Misery Business", like we've explained before in interviews - and even in past LJ posts - is a true story. the song was written at a time in my life that i felt very bitter towards a girl, who i still haven't forgiven, for a lot of things that she did a few years ago. until this person came into mine and my friend's lives, i had no idea what power someone could have over another. i watched her use sex to manipulate one of my friends, in particular, to the point that none of us - in our little circle of friends - recognized him. he went from being someone so innocent and joyful to becoming someone who was shut off from everything. needless to say, it hurt. not only because he was a close friend but because i felt that i was in love with him. (i know, you can't be in love when you're this young.. right? whatever). either way... the pain that i felt, i decided to hold inside. i thought that if people knew how hurt, angry and bitter i'd become, they'd think i was a bad - or worse, a weak - person because of it. (now, to keep this from getting any longer or any more personal, i'll finish this part of the story by saying... he eventually decided that the relationship had nothing to do with love and after that discovered that our friendship was becoming something different. we sorta fought it for a while because we figured it wasn't smart to start dating so young, especially after what all had happened, but fighting it just made it harder and the next thing i knew, we were an item. (no one uses that term anymore, really...)

i can remember exactly where i was and what everything looked like around me when i was writing the lyrics. i forced myself to relive some of the very vivid memories that i have of the times he dated her. i don't think anyone can understand how awkwardly dark those times were at such a young age. but i do. to finally explain my side of the story and feel freed of it all... well, i was so angry and so happy at the same time. every word i wrote was like a thousand weights lifted off my shoulders. no more burden. what i didn't realize, as i wrote some of those lines, was that while i was escaping one burden, i was also giving myself another.

"but god does it feel so good... to steal it all away from you now. and if you could then you know you would. cause god it just feels so... it just feels so good."

i'm ashamed to say that, although i'm a believer in Jesus Christ and i claim him as my God, when i wrote those lyrics i wasn't addressing him. i was using his name casually. in vain, to be blunt. if you know much about the Christian religion (which i'm not too fond of addressing my faith as), you'll probably know that one of the ten commandments is "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord your God in vain"... it goes on to say, "...for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain." As a believer in Christ, that last part scares the hell out of me. i don't want to be held accountable for being the cause of so many people using his name in vain. you don't have to believe in what i believe and no one in Paramore is ever going to go around forcing our faith into people's lives... but believer or not, i might have led some of ya'll to believe that i take my saviour lightly. and i don't.

God brought me through everything that i say in "Misery Business". i believe that i am a stronger person because those things happened in my life. through that situation, i learned so much. when i sing that song now, i'm not the same person i was when i wrote it. when i sing those lines that i used to sing in vain, i mean them in a different way. i don't want to opportunity to be held responsible for causing a lot of people to use my God's name in vain. so, whether or you not you believe in Christ. whether or not you care if it means something when you say God. just know that as for me, when I am singing those lines, i'm telling God that it feels good to stand up for myself and be victorious after long months of confusion and pain. i don't hurt the same way anymore.

sorry this was so long winded. i know we don't usually speak out about our faith. mostly, because our faith is personal to us. but i really felt like i needed to say something, before it was too late. thanks for reading.

the guys aren't responsible for whatever mess this post could possibly get us into,
hayley
 
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08:18 PM on 06/27/07
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I should have known she was that much into Christ. Their last tour felt like a church revival when she was on the piano with her arm up.
08:20 PM on 06/27/07
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Wow, Hayley is awesome.
08:23 PM on 06/27/07
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good for her. i respect people who truly know what they believe in.
08:24 PM on 06/27/07
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mad props
08:24 PM on 06/27/07
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The things kids do...

But at least she owns up to her mistakes. So it shows she's maturing.

The ironic part is that she uses "hell" vainly which is kind of along the same lines as "God."
08:27 PM on 06/27/07
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Well.

That took some balls.




All bad jokes aside, that was pretty solid. I can't but feel like everybody is far too "afraid" of god. She's obviously doing a pretty solid job keeping to her faith. If there IS a god I don't think he'll smite her for writing a song that uses his name casually...
08:28 PM on 06/27/07
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ha. that's kinda funny.

props are due for sure.
08:29 PM on 06/27/07
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The things kids do...

But at least she owns up to her mistakes. So it shows she's maturing.

The ironic part is that she uses "hell" vainly which is kind of along the same lines as "God."

You can use the word Hell in vain? Thats news to me.
08:29 PM on 06/27/07
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Hmm I wonder if kids really came up to her, accusing her of taking God's name in vain--leading her to write this...or if she realized it on her own and decided to address it. If it was the former, wow...people read waaaaaay to much into this stuff!
08:29 PM on 06/27/07
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Just bought this record today. Gonna listen to it shortly.
08:31 PM on 06/27/07
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Good for her. I actually am listening to "Misery Business" right now.

I'm curious about why, though she's clearly accepted Christ, she doesn't like to be affiliated with "the Christian religion." Anybody know? That's not a position I run into a lot.
08:31 PM on 06/27/07
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Hmm I wonder if kids really came up to her, accusing her of taking God's name in vain--leading her to write this...or if she realized it on her own and decided to address it. If it was the former, wow...people read waaaaaay to much into this stuff!
My guess is that it's a personal conviction. I couldn't imagine kids yelling at her for this, haha.
08:31 PM on 06/27/07
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The ironic part is that she uses "hell" vainly which is kind of along the same lines as "God."

agreed. it's a lyric. artistic expression. honestly most of the kids listening to Paramore's music probably are already using God's name in vain anyway.

either way, "hallelujah" is a FAR better song
08:32 PM on 06/27/07
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God damn, she's hot.

But seriously folks. . .

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