Paramore’s Hayley Williams: ‘Most of ‘Brand New Eyes’ is about Josh Farro’

Williams says break-up with Josh inspired her lyrics

Paramore‘s Hayley Williams has admitted that most of the lyrics from the band’s last album ‘Brand New Eyes’ were inspired by her relationship and subsequent break-up with departed guitarist Josh Farro.

In an interview with MTV News, Williams spoke about how she felt “like my face was underneath a boot all the time”.

She said: “I would say that a large majority of those songs have to do with the relationship we had and then that we had to mend… it was really hard, because we were friends, and then going through a break-up and going through any kind of tension as a band really affected all the lyrics.”


Williams had previously refused to be drawn on whether her lyrics were inspired by her relationship with Farro, and maintained that she didn’t write them vindictively. “I think the point of the album was never to point out those things,” she said, “but hopefully to encourage people who feel the same thing in relationships and families, and it just sucks to feel kind of victimised.”

Paramore responded yesterday (January 5) to the blog post Josh Farro wrote about his departure last month.