Paramore’s lyrics uplift, inspire listeners for good

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Maggie Pilcher

When I first hear a song, I ask myself, “Who is this band targeting?” Whether it is the tween girls, teenage boys, or young adults, fizzy emo band Paramore surely targets a broad audience.

This Tennessee native band is part of the Fueled by Ramen label, which is also host to Fallout Boy and Panic! at the Disco. What you may notice upon first hearing these peppy songs is the absence of violence, sex or emotional turmoil. Replacing these typical traits are more uplifting lyrics, lively melodies and a focus on energizing the crowd, in a good way.

In fact, 20-year-old lead singer Hayley Williams is, among other things, a Christian Rock singer. Though the band shies away from overtly evangelical lyrics, many songs offer thanks to God, and even titles such as “Hallelujah” and “Miracle!” If gospel music is not your forte, don’t worry. Paramore has much more than just godly appeal.

I often find myself blaring Paramore’s energizing guitar chords through my Subaru’s factory-grade speakers, pumping myself up for class. No matter the mood I am in, no matter the time of the day, if “Whoa,” “crushcrushcrush,” or “Brighter” comes across my iPod’s shuffle, I stop to enjoy the lighthearted lyrics that exclude hate, evil and violence, which is something I strive for on a day-to-day basis.