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Listen To Hayley Williams’ New Solo Song, Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris

Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams has released a beautiful new song, featuring backing vocals from Boygenius.

Hayley Williams has teamed up with boygenius (Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker) for a new solo song, Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris.

The track comes ahead of the release of her debut solo album Petals For Armor, which is due out on May 8 (pre-order it here).

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In an interview with Zane Lowe last month, Hayley chatted about grief, rage and depression all within the context of Petals For Armor, elaborating on the meaning behind the album title and how it comes from “the idea that being vulnerable is a shield”.

“Because how else can you be a human that’s inevitably gonna fuck up and trip in front of the world a million times?” Hayley says. “Your world could be a stage, or your world could be your job and your apartment. It is subjective, completely… I also feel more protected than I’ve ever felt going out, because of the fact, what is there to hide really? What is the problem with making mistakes? Are we scared of being cancelled, or are we just scared of looking stupid?”

Listen to Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris below:

The lyrics to Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris are as follows:

I have seen your body
And I have seen your beauty
They are separate things
Pretty pretty things

But I am in a garden
Tending to my own
So what do I care
And what do you care if I grow?

Roses Roses Roses
Show no concern for colors of a Violet
Lotus Lotus Lotus
Hopes it won’t spark envy in your Irises

Think of all the wilted women
Who crane their necks to reach a window
Ripping all their petals off just cause
“He loves me now he loves me not”

I myself was a wilted woman
Drowsy in a dark room.
Forgot my roots.
Now watch me bloom.

Roses Roses Roses
Show no concern for colors of a Violet
Lotus Lotus Lotus
Hopes it won’t spark envy in your Irises

I will not compare other beauty to mine
I will not become a thorn in my own side
I will not return to where I once was
I can break through the earth, come up soft and wild.

Roses Roses Roses
Show no concern for colors of a Violet
Lotus Lotus Lotus
Hopes it won’t spark envy in your Irises

Catch Hayley Williams on the Petals For Armor tour at the following:

May

13 Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg Max
15 Brighton, UK – The Beach @ The Great Escape Festival
16 London, UK – Electric Brixton
18 Paris, FR – La Cigale
19 Cologne, DE – Live Music Hall
28 Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
30 San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium

June

1 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
3 Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
5 Dallas, TX – HiFi
6 Houston, TX – House of Blues
8 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
10 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
15 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
17 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
18 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
20 Boston, MA – House of Blues
22 Toronto, ON – Rebel
24 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
26 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
27 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
29 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville

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Posted on March 20th 2020, 11:39am
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