"Pressure" as written by and Hayley Nichole/farro Williams....
Tell me where our time went
And if it was time well spent
Just don't let me fall asleep
Feeling empty again

Cause I fear I might break
And I fear I can't take it
Tonight I'll lie awake
Feeling empty, I can

Feel the pressure
It's getting closer now
We're better off without you

I can feel the pressure
It's getting closer now
We're better off without you

Now that I'm losing hope
And there's nothing else to show
For all of the days that we spent
Carried away from home

Some things I'll never know
And I had to let them go
I'm sitting all alone
Feeling empty, I can...

Feel the pressure
It's getting closer now
We're better off without you

I can feel the pressure
It's getting closer now
We're better off without you

Some things I'll never know and I had to let them go

Some things I'll never know
And I had to let them go
But I'm sitting all alone
Feeling empty

I can feel the pressure
It's getting closer now
We're better off without you

Feel the pressure
It's getting closer now
You're better off without me


Lyrics submitted by sumimasen08

"Pressure" as written by Hayley Nichole/farro Williams

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  • +2
    General Commentreally lalalalisa? i just became a paramore fan like 2 days ago but i really thougth it was about one of their band memebers jeremy i think, that left and then came back (and then left again?)the lyrics like:

    "We're better off without you"

    i thougth represented that....i dunno, but love the song!!! GREAT GREAT band woot!
    greenchristineon March 27, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPressure to do the right thing in the wrong situation, is what this one means to me. Much like the physics law of inertia whereby something remains at rest unless acted upon by some external force, here, the external force is the pressure of the singer's conscience (based feeling incomplete, or "empty"...) which will serve as the force to push her to do the right thing -let it go.
    Mr. Shankleyon February 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentno, it's not about suicide. it's either about a former band member, or about an ex. and she does NOT sound like avril, she doesn't sing through her nose. and i'm not being harsh there, cause i kinda like a bit of avril when i'm in a cheesy mood.
    x;;alfieon January 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song has a universal meaning. everyone can relate to it somehow, even if it wasnt what they meant when the band created it. to me, it means that you're "better off without" the people that pressure you into being somehting that you aren't..like the video shows with the model. i think the video also shows how much pressure your boss puts on you and how you can feel like you're crap because you did something wrong. to me, also it helps me understand that you don't need the people that try to change you and put you down (make you feel "empty") , just be yourself and ignore the pressures in life ("let them go").

    i think Hayley expresses how it hurts when you feel empty inside and you feel like no one's truely there for YOU (but that might be obvious..). I've noticed how when you sleep, it just gets worse, but that might not have anything to do with feeling empty here.
    In summary..i think this song represents many pressures so that everyone can relate and feel somehting when they here this song.

    (PS: dont be anorexic..thats mainly caused by pressure in my opinion)
    itcouldbeworse883on May 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentand btw, reading over the comments, theres a lot of disagreement. my thought is that its just about being somewhere, doing something, acting in a way that you know is not right for you and it just hangs over you and creates such a burden (the 'pressure') and it just leaves you feeling so empty and hollow that you just need a way to relieve all that.

    whether this be directed towards an ex bandmate, ex boyfriend, day to day life is up for interpretation and i think thats the point. leaving a blank for the audience to fill in to fit what they feel or have gone through. to me, thats what makes a powerful song.
    taylorkayon August 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song has a personal meaning for me. To me it's about the pressure of school, especially when I procrastinate, and I feel anxiety about getting it done and feeling like I just want to cast it away and say "I'm better off without you, homework." Especially as it gets closer to the end of the semester, and I'm getting tired and "losing hope" and beginning to "feel empty". I know, kind of depressing, and maybe more mundane than a relationship interpretation, but that's how this song strikes me.
    darkmeadowon December 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song means alot to me because i can relate to it.
    I think this song is about a boy and girl who went out and the girl fell hard for the boy but then he ended it and it hurt her alot, and shes thinking about all the times spent with him: "Tell me where our time went and if it was time well spent."
    I think this girl hurts every night about it: "Just dont let me fall asleep feeling empty again."
    I think that she feels as though she cant take it anymore but theres nothing she can do about it so she just has to deal with it: "Cause I fear I might break and I fear I cant take it tonight I'll lie awake feeling empty."
    I think her friends are trying to pressure her into moving on because they know shes hurting from being so stuck on this guy: "I can feel the pressure its getting closer now We're better off without you I can feel the pressure its getting closer now We're better off without you."
    I think the girl thought at first they would get back together but is starting to lose hope as time goes on: "Now that I'm losing hope and theres nothing else to show for all of the days that were spent carrying away from hope."
    I think the girl is trying to figure out why he ended it but cant figure it out so she just tries to let the thought go but she cant because its the only thing she can think of and that makes her feel even more lonely: "Somethings I'll never know and I had to let them go I'm sitting all alone feeling empty."
    Finaly i think the last line has to do with her friends telling her something that makes her feel bad about wanting him back so she saying that now she thinks he would be better of without her: "Feel the pressure its getting closer now you're better off without me."
    crazymousekrystleon July 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about former band member Jeremy Davis.

    Jeremy's girlfriend was a model, and he told the band that he wanted to marry her. She later, however, showed to be anorexic. Being in a band, having an anorexic girlfriend, wanting to marry her; it was just all to much for Jeremy to deal with and he had to make a choice.

    One day he decided to leave the band to be with his girlfriend and help her with her problems, and to get married to her. He left a note to the band saying:
    "There's so much going on...the pressure's getting closer now...You're better off without me."

    The song takes that line and incorporates it into itself (that's why it's WE'RE better off, instead of I'm, it's the band in general that he left the note to).
    The song is about how they didn't want him to leave, and they're sad that he just left like that.

    The lines; "Somethings I'll never know
    And I had to let them go
    Somethings I'll never know
    And I had to let them go
    But I'm sitting all alone
    Feeling empty"
    are about that. About how they don't know why he left, about their confusion over it and where he went. Ultimately they found him, they found out what happened, and he eventually returned to the band when things had settled down.

    The beginning, where it seems like a break up song, is about wondering what it was all for. They wonder if he enjoyed his time with them, if they meant much to him, and at the same time it's wondering if the time he's spending now is worth it. If the time spent on his girlfriend has paid off. (Just one of the things they'll never know)

    As a whole, it's like a message to him. That they miss him, they hope he's okay and happy, and that while he say's they're better off without him; right now they still miss him and feel alone/empty without him.
    rpottageon August 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagain another good song by paramore. hearing her sing the "I can feel the pressure" bit gives me tingles lol
    Indigo*Hippieon June 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love this song. Paramore rocks.
    TiffMcon July 07, 2005   Link

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