Paramore will no longer perform their breakout hit Misery Business at live shows due to growing controversy around one of the song’s lyrics.
The band performed a hometown show in Nashville last week where vocalist Hayley Williams stated they would no longer play the 2007 single.
As NME reports, Williams said they wanted to “move away from it for a little while”.
“This is to every bad decision that led us here, this is to all the embarrassing things we might have said, but we owned up to it and we grew,” she said.
The controversial lyric is in the song’s second verse: “Once a whore, you’re nothing more, I’m sorry, that will never change.”
Williams has addressed the lyric numerous times over the past few years, telling Track 7 on the 10-year anniversary of Riot! it was important she “show humility” when things started heating up.
“I was a 17-year-old kid when I wrote the lyrics in question and if I can somehow exemplify what it means to grow up, get information, and become any shade of ‘woke’, then that’s a-okay with me,” she said.