Favorite Lyrics From Paramore’s ‘After Laughter’

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that Paramore is my absolute favorite band in the whole world. After a long yet worthwhile wait, they released their fifth studio album, After Laughter, last May.

This album is brilliant because it overflows with honesty and emotion, which also makes it incredibly relatable. Although the music is upbeat and makes you want to do a little dance, lyrically, it’s some of the band’s most powerful work.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big music lover and part of that is because of song lyrics. Whether you’re going through a difficult time or a positive experience, there’s something out there for everyone. Words are so influential and really help with expression. Paramore nails it when it comes to that.

I listen to After Laughter a lot, but it doesn’t get old. Since I love it so much, I wanted to share my favorite lyrics (not an easy task, by the way).

“Reality will break your heart // Survival will not be the hardest part // It’s keeping all your hopes alive // When all the rest of you has died” – 26

“Of all the weapons you fight with // Your silence is the most violent” – Tell Me How

“Hard times // Gonna take you down a laugh when you cry” – Hard Times

“I know that you’re afraid to // Let all the dark escape you // But we could let the light illuminate these hopeless places” – Idle Worship

“You say we gotta look on the bright side // I say well maybe if you wanna go blind // You say my eyes are getting too dark now // But boy you ain’t ever seen my mind” – Rose-Colored Boy

“And I don’t pick up when you call // ‘Cause your voice is a gun // Every word is a bullet hole // Shot a hole in the sun” – Forgiveness

“Time is a bastard // I won’t break my neck to get around it” – Grudges

“Nostalgia’s cool // But it won’t help you now // A dream is good // If you don’t wear it out” – Caught in the Middle

What are some of your favorite lyrics (Paramore or not)? I’d love to hear them!

Dreaming of Summer Days

Happy Hump Day! I hope you’re all having a great week so far.

Today is a wonderful day for New Englanders because the temperature is at a whopping 73 degrees… In the middle of February! We’ve had some harsh cold weather this winter, and to be quite honest, I’m so sick of it. I’ve been dreaming of summer for a couple of weeks now, so today’s weather has been a breath of fresh air (literally).

Getting to leave my apartment without a jacket, hat, and gloves on makes me ready for endless sunshine and warmer days! It got me thinking about the things I miss the most about spring/summer when I’m shivering away in negative degree weather:

Being outside: I was able to go for a nice walk today, which was so refreshing! The winter weather makes it difficult, and sometimes painful, to be outside for more than 3 seconds. I always miss being able to take walks in the evening while the sun is going down, or participate in fun outdoor activities like kayaking! I opened a window in the apartment and could hear little kids playing outside, which was so nice to hear!

Sunshine: This could go with being outside, but either way, those short winter days get old very fast. Plus, it gets so gloomy. I miss those sunny days with bright blue skies where everything feels more cheerful. Gotta get that Vitamin D!

Beach days: I don’t go to the beach often in the summer, but I’ve always loved going. Even though it can get pretty crazy with beachgoers, who doesn’t love soaking up some sun while relaxing on their favorite beach? My family takes a vacation down to the Jersey Shore every summer, so I’m really looking forward to that this year!

(This was taken last summer in Newport, RI)

Overall, warm weather makes you feel good and there’s so much more to do. Even things like ice cream stands opening back up, summer cookouts , or just sitting outside with a good book to read are definitely missed during the winter!

For anyone else who longs for summer once the winter months start coming to a close, what do you miss the most about? For others, what are your favorite things about the warm weather in general?