I think this is the biggest collection of Paramore quotes. Feel free to submit any that are missing!
"I don't care if the world or anyone in it tries to drag me down. Because I know that in the end, they will be the ones left tired from the struggle to hold me back."
"You are your own torch carrier. Don't let anybody steal your light. Wear what you want. Think how you want. Challenge normal."
"We're never promised tomorrow, but if we're lucky enough that the next few months are successful, I hope we're able to live out our purpose, which is one of bringing positivity and hope. We want to have a positive impact on the lives of the people who listen to our music"
"Don't look too hard for something negative cause you'll always find it"
"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on so long in the first place"
"I feel like something really great is about to explode out of all of us. I really feel this energy that’s bottled up, and I think it’s going to be really exciting. You can’t put a finger on it right now, but it’s there.”
"I think that people shouldn't be ashamed to wear their scars... and show people, and even tell people "Look, I've been through a lot of terrible stuff in my life", and there's no need to hide it. You can show people that you've grown through it, and become so much of a stronger person because of your past.... all of our scars will effect eachother directly. So we're tied together, for life..."
"To anyone that ever told you that you're no good... they're no better."
"When we think we know people inside out and we think we know what's best for them we should try to remember we don't even know what's best for ourselves."
"For something to be great, there has to be some kind of trial or some type of struggle that actually makes it special or valuable to you. Otherwise, anything could be easily taken for granted"
“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.”
"That's how life can be. Any struggle or pain you experience just gets to the top. And you can't get there without making the climb. A few years later, you won't remember exactly the way the pain felt or how long it took. You'll just remember the view from the top. In fact, you might smile at the fact you had to work to get there"
"The last few years of our band-hood were a pretty crazy ride. There were some seriously dark valleys. Lows that felt impossible to escape... but we did! We got outta there! The problem, however, with having lived out those lows in front of the world is that there are a lot of people who would rather see us stay down there. You know folks like that, I'm sure. They don't want you to get back up and try again, especially if you're going to try something new. Quite honestly, in our case, journalists and writers seem to want a juicy story much more than to actually have to do homework and say something positive. And you can't always fault people for their curiosity. Our society perpetuates this... we are drawn to dilemma. I am just as much as anyone so I swear I'm not trying to point fingers!"
"Music is proof that beauty is deeper than looks"
"He looks just like himself! OH MY GOD" - Hayley referring to Hulk Hogan.
"Remember to enjoy EVERYTHING. The things that feel good, the things that hurt, rejection, acceptance... it’s all going to make you better. Stronger. And more like yourself. Every once in a while I get a reminder of how much i’m okay with just being me. I know that sounds ridiculous. Cause i’m in this band. We’re lucky. We got successful. But who I am is still this nerdy, silly, flamethrower of a person."
"One day I will steal Tina Fey and force her to marry me and I'll cook poptarts for her."
"Use your platform online to spread something positive"
"So take heart if you're seemingly stuck under a rain cloud... You won't always have to fight so hard to stay dry. Relish this moment too... You might find some strength in that surrender. Or you might just do what we did and write a song."
"We are never given anything that we can't handle
yet we can't handle anything alone."
“It takes a lot of faith to give love… and even more faith to let yourself be loved.”
"Don’t judge. Don’t stay inside all the time. Get out and let somebody know who you are."
"Keep moving forward even if it's small steps! Honestly, I don't think anyone loses by trying to be loyal to their dreams."
"Never change for anybody, and don’t apologize, either. Be yourself."
"You are gorgeous. and honestly, whether you are super thin or bigger than most... you could lose weight, gain weight or stay the same forever and you know what wouldn't change? Your heart. It will always be what makes you even more beautiful."
"Guard your heart"
"We believe in you and we're so happy that you believe in us"
"We owe it to our fans to be nothing less than true to them, and to ourselves. We owe it to them to be exactly who and what we really are"
"Everyone in this band has been through painful, shameful times... some of which have left scars.
but we feel like that's okay
cause they make us who we are."
"No matter what you're facing back home or what you're dealing with outside those doors, know that you are loved and you are important"
"There's so much out there for us to experience and to gain and I'm ready to not miss out on any of it this time."
"I feel like in the past I’ve tried to appear like everything’s fine and nothing can really affect me. I think I thought I was just going to leave all my problems behind once we starting touring, and then I came back home and all those problems were still there. Any pain that I might have felt didn’t disappear. Coming back home and realizing that has taught me that it’s okay not to be perfect and not to have everything figured out, it’s okay to feel things that are shameful, hate and feel guilty. I feel like the message we’ve tried to stand by, is that it’s basically okay to have scars and to show them, to show that you’ve been through all sorts of things and have come out a different person and a better person because of it."
"I think it's important to check in with yourself and make sure you are being exactly who you want to be."
"I hope the cuts weren't self inflicted. And if they were then I really hope with everything in me that you stop. Cause you're beautiful." - Hayley to a fan on Livejournal
"I think what i have learned most is that... I'll never be perfect. I'm not talking about just looks or things like that... but in every part of life... I'll always be flawed. I'm sure a lot of girls feel that way too and I know that dudes do cause I live with a bunch of em. The greatest feeling is knowing that I don't have to be right. I've been ashamed and am still ashamed of things I've felt. Hate. Jealousy. Lust. Fear. Pride. Self consciousness. Pure anger. Pity. Just plain hurt. But instead of hiding it all... I feel like I need to talk about it."
"One day... your scar might help someone from getting one of their own." - In reply to someone talking about a relationship that may have permanently scarred them
"You deserve to be treated like the princess or prince that you are"
"Don't let pain define you. I do that a lot... but we can fight it all together. That's what I love about us and our fans. we fight together."
"You aren't what you think you see in the mirror.
there is more there."
“My thing is I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs, I don’t need to party because, I don’t know, I guess, it’s never… it’s never really tempted me. But at the same time, I will say this, I started to drink when I was younger because I thought it would help my voice and then I kind of leaned on it because I thought once I started having like a shot of this or something to help my throat, maybe it sounded cool to people that I was around, ‘cause I was like 16 years old and on tour with people that were in their thirties, and kind of feeling like it would help me fit in, even though it wasn’t something that I wanted to or that I enjoyed doing. And I remember one night we were celebrating our first sold out show in London and some guy brought us a bottle of champagne, and I thought ‘Okay, well, this is like what you do. You are a grown up you celebrate, you have champagne’. So, I took a sip straight out of the bottle…I thought I was being so cool and I remember spiting it out, so that was so gross. That was 2007, and that was the night I decided I would never take another sip of an alcoholic drink if it wasn’t something that I was making the choice for myself to do.”
“What motivates me is seeing people in the crowd and wondering what they're going home to and what they're dealing with, and knowing that for the time being, we're their escape.”
HAYLEY: We get notes like: 'Two weeks ago I tried to kill myself, then I heard your song and it made me feel like I don't have to give up yet.'
INTERVIEWER: That's quite a responsibility, isn't it?
HAYLEY: It is, but it also makes you feel like, if music is that powerful, why would you ever want to do anything else?
"[Our fans] have always been there for us. Not just by wearing a Paramore T-shirt at school, but by defending our heart and soul"
"There's no room any more for hateful extremists. There are too many [Christians] slapping their bibles around like it's their excuse to be miserable. Just because they claim they've got Jesus in their hearts. But I've got news for them, the God I serve doesn't take reservations. Everyone has the same right to accept his love and he offers it freely. And that's whether you;re gay, straight, divorced, on drugs, a prostitute... I don't care. Be who you are and love who you want. There's always room to improve who we are. Hell, I've got plenty of things to work on. But I can promise you that the people who waste their time trying to prove that God hate anyone are more of a problem to him than a man who loves another man with all his heart."
"People will judge you no matter who you love.
The people around you that really love you will live with whatever decisions you make, even if they don't like them."
"There are a million-bajillion people on this planet (that’s just an estimation) and we’ll never ALL know each other well. Most of us won’t meet at all. But when we step outside our inner circle and start leaving footprints in other places we have a lot more chances to make impact, to learn something brand new, to find out who we really are by seeing a part of us in a total stranger.
"Things won't start your life for you. (i'm learning that) you have to start your life for yourself."
"I'd never lose faith in our fanbase. Most times, our fans feel like the only family we have. Our touring crew, the 3 of us, and the people that come to see us... that's how we keep our heads up."
"The only opinion I have is that i could never look someone in the eye and tell them that they didn't love someone that they know they love. it's not my job to judge and it's not a job i'd want. I love people a lot. All kinds. If we were meant to be the same then we wouldn't be human." - When asked about her opinion on gay marriage
"Real relationships suffer so much when we live everything through our twitter or facebook or whatever people use. To me, relationships are the core of our existence. Not just romantic but every type. I'd rather live it.
"There is a big world out there and it's made up of a ton of human beings living and breathing their way through every day. Most of us, lost and confused and weird. But who cares? We have very little time to be judging and pointing and "protecting" ourselves just because we are afraid of people or experiences that are unfamiliar."
"It's easy to stay inside, shut your door, and say you're fine with the life you have.. but try something different every once in a while just so you can say you took the risk of making someone feel loved."
"Sexy is whatever you want it to be. Don't let Cosmo tell you. Don't let Vogue tell you. Even your boyfriend or your best friends. The point is, it's up to you."
"You don't need courage to live fully. I mean, to an extent I guess you do... but really it's just about even opening up your mind enough to accept that behind someone's shell is an entire being. A whole lifetime of stories. Experiences that shaped that person. I think I just lived a few good long years feeling like I was closing out the world and when I finally quit trying to fit into one mold and quit living in a bubble, I realized how much I was missing out on. I don't mean that there was all this fun to be had as in some new crazy lifestyle... but like, people and stories and wisdom... that sort of thing"
"I like not being perfect. That doesn't mean that i don't wake up somedays and hate the mirror. I just accept that life is being happy one day and possibly pretty sad the next."
"Social media is obviously a total distraction... not from songwriting in particular but from life in general. Think about going to a show. Does anyone actually experience the show for themselves anymore or are we all just recording it bit by bit for all of our friends and followers online? I go back and forth between loving and hating each social site i utilize. That never ends!"
"I have a lot of friends that live different lifestyles than mine. None of us are perfect and some of my friends have opinions/views/beliefs that I don't necessarily agree with. And honestly, maybe not everyone can handle that? But I feel okay knowing that I live my life a certain way, I have specific beliefs, morals that are mine, and I'm okay if not everyone agrees with any of mine. And I'm okay with people having their own minds. I think that simply loving people says a lot more than telling someone what's right and wrong."
"Don't compromise who you know you are for anyone else."
"I just think at this point it's become way too "cool" to make light of, make fun of, or completely disrespect christianity in the punk rock scene. look, Obviously the point is that there is no form of authority that shouldn't be challenged... and at that juncture, I've challenged my own faith many times... but it just seems like soupy is parroting things that other guys in the scene have said... even recently. Problem is, there are bad apples in every bunch. I don't think it sounds like he understands that not all of us who believe in Jesus are judgmental, loveless, self righteous monsters. some of us keep an open mind, and actually enjoy being around people who are different than us."
"Don't feel discouraged. Being who you are is all about not knowing who you are. But I think sometimes it can be just as important to know who you aren't!"
"The day I start thinking I can do drugs and be invincible, that's the day I stop caring about our fans."
"You can’t be mad at someone for not feeling something"
"We love you guys, don't ever forget that you're all a source of pride for us as a band. And don't ever forget how important your place in the world is. Thank you just for being alive"
"This is by far the most hippie-grandma looking journal I've ever written in. It was this or one with blue kittens made out of a ceramic tile pattern. Should've gone with the kittens. Always go with kittens."
"Welcome to our family. It's a very large family. It's huge. And once you're in, you can never get out."
"It's just my goal to make other girls feel as strong as I feel when I'm on that stage"
"I told the flight attendant I was 12 so I wouldn't have to sit in the exit row. He believed me.... then gave me a connect-four travel game."
"Found one of my old journals. From right around the time we were heading out on tour with NFG in the UK early 2008. I started reading it and couldn’t help but cry a little bit. 'Cause that person was really confused. And very lost. And as it went on, the person behind the pen seemed to get a little bit stronger.. that part felt good. It was the reminder that I needed that right now I’m as strong as ever. There really isn’t a point to telling you all of this. Except maybe I want to thank you. cause you are a constant reminder. that i’m not as lost as i once was."
"Another thing to remember about supporting music is that there’s never one song or one album that won’t go with any of your problems, or any of your days, or any of your victories, or anything. There’s always a song for something. Music will always be there for you, so you should keep supporting it."
"My entire goal when we go out for a red carpet is to have people look at me and wonder “who the hell is that?” “why does she think THAT’S okay?” Because that’s what gets remembered. i.e. Gwen’s fuzzy blue bra at the VMA’s way back when. This is why I never wear anything plain. Or why I don’t just do something that’s “pretty.” I’ve got my whole life to try and be pretty— i’d rather have fun and be ridiculous while I can get away with it!"
"I don’t call myself a feminist but I am so much more passionate about women and this issue as a whole now that I’m just a little older. We can all learn this shit together you know? The more we care about it the less close minded we are and the more we can actually be a difference."
"Now when I'm talking to you, I want you to keep pumping your fists in the air. Alright? By the time I'm done talking you're gonna have the largest right bicep you've ever had in your whole life and you're going to thank me for it tomorrow don't stop! Look at you tough guys with your hands down... put them back up! I'm a tiny little girl! Hey men, Hey men, are you gonna let me show you up? Put them back up!"
"Whether you’re gay, straight, divorced, on drugs, a prostitute… I don’t care. Be who you are and love who you want."
"I just recently figured out that Narwhals are actually real animals and aren't merely mythical creatures. So that's an easy answer. I'd be a Narwhal... Unicorn of the sea" - Hayley on which animal she would be if she could be any animal.
"I used to knit. It was one of the first hobbies I picked up. I was terrible. The hardest part was being on a 12-passenger van when we started, and I had two knitting needles. I was like, “I'mma make all you boys scarves! And we’re gonna be the cutest little touring…” It was not a good idea. But, it was hard when we’d go over the bumps in the road, and I would be like, *brings hands towards face* almost stab myself in the eye. Yeah, I quit doing that."
“We have really good, loyal, hardcore fans, and it’s cool, because we’re one of those bands that’s been on MTV and the radio - we shouldn’t have those kind of fans. It’s really valuable.”
"Things can each be their separate piece, but make one whole"
"Be aware of your power. We have the choice to live positively or in our own destruction.”
"I believe music is a place everyone of us can go to. I don't care who you are, where you were born, what you are doing with your life: everyone can come here in music and be equal"
“I have the ability to build myself up or break myself down. I stay positive. Strength comes from within.”
"If you’re feeling alone, know that the world can be a lonely place but it would be lonelier without you in it."
"If you’re gonna put your faith in something, then it better shape who you are and what people see in you."
"Sometimes you get run down. Sometimes life throws dirt in your eyes and it stings and you can't see for a few minutes. Even after you get it out your eyes are all red and your vision is shitty... but eventually, whether through tears or maybe just time... you start to see even clearer than before. Life is not always good. Which is why music exists. Why I believe God exists. And why there's always a pint of coconut milk ice cream in my freezer."
"Maybe now is a good place and time to state my opinion on our being everywhere at the same time. Seems like we’ve got just about every magazine covered this month, people are playing our songs and i’m singing on B.o.B’s song and it’s just crazy all the time. I do love it… it’s a lot of fun to work hard and see your work all around you. Yet at the same time, there are still large number of people that I don’t think will ever get it. The SPIN article (you know, the cover one) that was just printed about us doesn’t really seem to say anything ABOUT us as a band. and it seems that in most cases writers simply enjoy looking at us and exclaiming - like they’ve discovered something huge - “THEY’RE YOUNG!” or of course there’s always, “THEY’RE CHRISTIANS”… or “THEY DON’T SHOOT UP IN THE BACK OF THE BUS!” What is this the 80’s? Is it really that sensational that we aren’t the second coming of Motley Crue? Does our music suggest that we should be acting otherwise? Listen, I’m not trying to sit here and wreck the writer from SPIN. I’m sure it’s hard to get a handle on any band within the amount of time given to capture “our story”. Maybe reading articles about us just gets a little monotonous, that’s all. Oh and I’m not actually friends with McLovin or Miley. Awkward turtle.
And on a slightly different tip, it’s my opinion that anyone who is coming onto our band looking for controversy is completely missing the point. The point isn’t in the intent of controversy, the point is that there is no way around it. As people, aren’t we all bursting at the seams with conflict and controversy? The point of our music is that there are human hearts in it. Because anyone knows that eventually, someone will find something on you. If you don’t do drugs, you probably have another addiction. Even innocent. We could stop looking for the wrongs and realize that they’re inevitable on the way to something more meaningful. I’m not totally preaching here. Talking to myself as well, in case you wondered. Who knows? Maybe I really am just bored with giving music journalists the benefit of the doubt. Like they’re really gonna let people know what we would want to tell them. Yet still, I want to have faith in people. And anyways, what WOULD we want to tell people if we had that much space to write about ourselves? It would probably end up just the same. Does it ever bug you guys? Do you ever feel like some people are just missing it?
When you come to a show do you feel the same thing that I feel when i’m on that stage? I mean, I know you’re not standing on the stage… but surely you can feel the same energy that I’m feeling, to some degree. It’s so much more powerful than all the trivial nonsense that people chalk our band up to be. It means something great and it feels empowering. It’s the grace of knowing that we can all totally suck and be a little messed up and then stand in a room with thousands of other people who are exactly the same way, no matter how dressed up they look on the outside, and we can be broken or triumphant all the same."
"I’m in a band. I don’t go to church every Sunday. I love punk rock music. Sometimes I use swear words a lot. I respect and admire gay men and women. I’m obsessed with horror films. I know what shame feels like. And guess what old man? Jesus is still my Savior."
"Now that is TOO personal a question. None of us are going to answer that. But I will say this, I’m not not talking about myself here, but you should never give in to peer pressure. Whether you’re a Christian, a Buddhist, a Jew or whatever, you should always do what you feel is right for yourself. Don’t do something just because other people say you should do it." - Hayley's response when asked how many members of the band were still virgins
"Have faith in what might seem impossible and to have goals beyond your current abilities or temporary means"
"We wanted something that represented the security we have now as the 3 of us and something that also encompassed our devotion to this. The reason that the actual bars are just negative space (only visible because of the border around them) is because the border represents our family on tour and the family that we have with our fans. You guys essentially, “make us” up" - Hayley on the bars logo
"Least favourite Paramore song? I don't really know that I have one, that's like saying 'Which one of your kids do you kind of wish you didn't have?'. 'If you could throw away one of your children, which would it be?'"
"I have the best family and friends in the world, I have the best job in the world, with the best fans in the world, I live in the best place in the world, get to travel the world, and eat the best food in the world, and get to see everything that this world has to offer….man, I am very blessed!!"
"If I’m feeling really unmotivated or just tired of being at home away from tour and the busy schedule, I actually go and read fans’ blogs or watch YouTube videos of us on tour. It actually helps."
“We’ve accomplished so much more than any of us could ever have imagined. So many organisations try to build an environment where kids can come and talk about their problems or relieve their stresses. In Paramore, we get to create that every night for our fans through our music, and that’s something really special.”
"In the meet-and-greets, so many times, the fans will tell you how much you mean to 'em or how much this song or that song [meant]. And really, it's helped us a lot. Because they're like, 'Whatever you guys do, I support you. Thank you for sticking together for us - and we'll be here for you, no matter what.' It really makes you feel comfortable about trying new things, which is an exciting thing for a band to do. No one wants to put out the same record twice."
"Our fans are everything"
"We're the real guitar heroes. Everyone else is guitar zeroes!"
"We don't think it's cool to be famous, and we don't feel like we're famous. We just love playing music."
"We feel bad having techs, we’re not the kind of people that will be like 'Here take care of that'."
"Sometimes the only way you could look at a person, and love them exactly the way you did before… Is to look at them with Brand New Eyes"
"Don’t ever try to be somebody you’re not. ‘Cause then people wont even think you’re cool, y’know. You’ve gotta be yourself to be cool."
"The Glee cover of 'The Only Exception' can't beat our version, they can't hit Hayley's voice yah know"
"I told my parents I wanted to be a firetruck or a baseball field." - Jeremy on what he wanted to be when he grew up
"Who hates watermelon? Nobody. Nobody hates watermelon."
"I think it’s worse when you get a floating condom and it’s like flying at you." - About gig experiences
"There's so many people in the music industry or even in general who will tell you that you can't do this or that just because you haven't already had success but I feel like anyone can do anything they put their mind to as long as they stay devoted and stay passionate."
“Basically, I bought a crossbow like a week and a half ago and we’ve just been shooting it like, every show we've been. The problem is, is that all the shows have been at, like, universities, so we keep getting in trouble. The cops come over and I’m like ‘Oh, we’re not supposed to have a crossbow here, next to the cafeteria? I didn’t know, sorry, Mr. Police Officer.’"
"I think there are a lot of things we don't want to express to people, but personally the idea of meaningless bothers me the most. Recently, I've heard songs talking about the idea that essentially nothing we do on this earth matters and that there is nothing beyond this. Everyone is free to have their own opinions on this of course, but that always leaves me feeling sad and insignificant. I feel like there is enough in the world that makes us feel this way, and we don't want to add to that. You matter and there is hope!"
"Every kind of new experience, every passing day changes you. If you make art honestly, it will affect it."
"We have the most unbelievable fans in the whole world that constantly inspire us and keep us going every single day"
"INTERVIEWER: Would you rather go naked for the rest of your life or not be able to play music anymore?
TAYLOR: Oh? Naked? Duh *laughs* Well, i have a guitar to cover me. I’d figure out, I’d figure out…Oooh, that’d be tough. Imagine life without music though, would it just be me naked or everyone? Would everyone in the world be naked? Would this be a common thing? Oh gosh."
"Be a voice for the voiceless y'all. This world needs more love and hope!"
"I don't think that there were any main influences except from just pure rock & roll from our hearts" - Taylor on what influenced 'Paramore'
"Its all about your mindset. Like if you want to be miserable you can absolutely be miserable. Or if you kind of just want to point out the good things then you can make the best of it."
"I think as a band we've just learned how to really accept each other and embrace each others differences. I know we talk about that a lot, but it feels like we're finally starting to get the hang of it, and it's so exciting! We're better friends than ever before. There's more joy, love and hope than we've had in years!"
"Everything will work out! There's a purpose for everything, good or bad."
"You can't do everything ideally, you can just try to be loving person"
"We're going to have the best 2011 ever because it will be the only 2011 ever. We're gonna kick it at home, sit by bonfires and probably learn how to fly"
"It’s impossible to draw a line under the past, to forget the band that we were before, but at the same time we tried to turn a page"
"We literally have the best fans ever, and we really do care about them, and I feel like they in turn really care about us."
"There’s no need for drama and hate, y’all. Let’s love each other! We’re all human, right?"
"Stay humble and treat people well, no matter where you are, because everyone goes up and everyone goes down"
"Life is tough, man. No one is spared from obstacles and trials, but there is such a beautiful plan for each of us. Just gotta let it happen" - Thanks to Leanne for the submission!
"JEREMY: I'm not the biggest chocolate fan. Nah, I wish I was. The idea of chocolate... I think is great! I think it sounds amazing, like, having... like a chocolate sundae or a... I don't know, some kind of fudge cake or fudge brownie or something like that after dinner sounds amazing but...
HAYLEY: Ooh... Gosh, I want to do that right now!
JEREMY: I know, see? I kinda WANT to, but I'd try it and it wouldn't be very good so I don't try it."
"HAYLEY: I was THIS close to Bic-ing the side of my head this morning!
JEREMY: *gasps* What?
HAYLEY: I was.
JEREMY: This morning?!
HAYLEY: I had the razor in my hand and I put it right here *holds hand to temple*
JEREMY: You should never have a razor in your hand.
HAYLEY: I wanted to do it.
JEREMY: No-one should ever let you buy a razor.
HAYLEY: You know when you just get those feelings...?
WOMAN FROM OFF-SCREEN: What do you mean "No-one should ever let you buy a razor"?!
HAYLEY: What if I need to shave my legs?
WOMAN FROM OFF-SCREEN: You don't.
HAYLEY: I do too shave my legs. *laughs* Not that often but..."
"HAYLEY: When Josh and Zac said they were leaving, I was kind of like… Me and Taylor weren’t close at all at that point - I mean, none of us really were. Me and Jeremy were always pretty tight through the last few years, and we’ve known each other the longest out of everyone. That was sort of expected. But I was pretty sure it was just going to be me and Jeremy. I was really scared Taylor was going to leave, too. You and Zac were like best friends. That was such a weird shock - it wasn’t shocking, ‘cause you knew something had to happen or grow for anything to move forward. But it was such a killing-off of this part of your. That’s what ‘In The Mourning’ is about, is just like - you’re literally losing… just something is dying. That’s what happened when those guys left. I was sure Taylor was gone, too. Me and [Taylor] went to a show one night in Nashville, and we had been talking a little bit more, so I was kind of encouraged by that. After the show, we went out to eat at this little café, diner thing in Nashville. He was like, “You know, I’m not ready to go anywhere. I still have more to do in Paramore." I just got in my car after that, just, like, cried, and then wiped [the tears] away and was like, [whispers] ‘Okay, we’re going to be all right.’ Me and Jeremy were pretty sure, ‘All right, what are we going to have to do? It’s just going to be us.’ When there was three of us, it felt like, ‘All right, there’s a future. It’s definitely on.’
TAYLOR: I think it was always - and I don’t even know if we’ve ever talked about this much, the way it worked with the five of us, is I was always in the middle. I was not a peacemaker, but I was trying to be peacekeeper. I was desperately trying to make sure everything would work. I feel like, for a while there, there was this real lack of unity. For me, to have one of those sides fall off [with the Farros leaving], it was kind of like ‘I don’t have to be this middleman anymore. I can actually unite with Hayley and Jeremy. We can actually be a team, and I don’t have to…’
JEREMY: You can have your say
TAYLOR: Yeah, I can have my say. It felt like there was a freedom I hadn’t had since I joined. That’s just been huge. It’s affected all of our friendships; there’s just not teams anymore. Being super-candid, I thought when Josh and Zac left, I was gone. I knew Josh and Zac the longest. When they told me they were leaving, I was like, ‘All right. This is going to be my last show.’ I think the more I thought about it, I’m like ‘Man, that’s not what I want. I’m not done with this.’ Just the thought of having that freedom and that unity, was really exciting. Really scary, but that was nice to feel something, to feel scared. Things got so dull for so long."
"HAYLEY: I think that our biggest rival right now would be the Pussycat Dolls.
TAYLOR: Yeah she’s right.
HAYLEY: I mean, I don’t really wear…you know, I’m thinking about maybe getting some of those outfits made for the guys.
TAYLOR: It’s been tough, you know. I think they’ve been stealing a lot of our ideas.. and it’s been hard to keep up, you know what I mean?
HAYLEY: Like that line ‘when I grow up, I wanna have boobies’ or something like I thought I wrote that.
TAYLOR: Yeah, it’s been tough, for sure, especially for us guys, because it seems like they’ve been stealing all of our material. So it’s been hard.