"Misery Business" as written by and Hayley Nichole/farro Williams....
I'm in the business of misery, let's take it from the top
She's got a body like an hourglass that's ticking like a clock
It's a matter of time before we all run out
When I thought he was mine, she caught him by the mouth

I waited eight long months
She finally set him free
I told him I couldn't lie, he was the only one for me
Two weeks and we had caught on fire
She's got it out for me, but I wear the biggest smile

Whoa, well I never meant to brag
But I've gotten what I wanted now
Whoa, it was never my intention to brag
To steal it all away from you now
But God does it feel so good
'Cause I got him where I want him now
And if you could then you know you would
'Cause God it just feels so
It just feels so good

Second chances they don't ever matter, people never change
Once a whore, you're nothing more, I'm sorry that'll never change
And about forgiveness, we're both supposed to have exchanged
I'm sorry honey, I passed out, now look this way

Well there's a million other girls who do it just like you
Looking as innocent as possible to get to who
They want and what they like, it's easy if you do it right
Well I refuse, I refuse, I refuse!

Whoa, well I never meant to brag
But I've gotten what I wanted now
Whoa, it was never my intention to brag
To steal it all away from you now
But God does it feel so good
'Cause I got him where I want him now
And if you could then you know you would
'Cause God it just feels so
It just feels so good

I watched his wildest dreams come true
Not one of them involving you
Just watch my wildest dreams come true
Not one of them involving

Whoa, well I never meant to brag
But I got him where I want him now

Whoa, well I never meant to brag
But I've gotten what I wanted now
Whoa, it was never my intention to brag
To steal it all away from you now
But God does it feel so good
'Cause I got him where I want him now
And if you could then you know you would
'Cause God it just feels so
It just feels so good


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"Misery Business" as written by Hayley Nichole Williams Hayley Williams

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  • +17
    General CommentWhoa, that was quick.
    I think it's "I waited eight long months" not "I waited and ate a long lunch". Hahaha.
    kookycookieon April 10, 2007   Link
  • +12
    General CommentI really, really, REALLY love this song!!! I'm so excited for RIOT!

    For me, the singer (I'll refer to her as Hayley) could be talking about a guy that she really likes, but the guy has a "perfect girl" (who has a body like an hourglass) But in the end, she gets the guy... Perhaps "Miss Perfect" becomes a "whore" who tries to look "as innocent as possible" to the guy but he ends up disliking her ("seconds chances don't even matter, people never change" >> perhaps that's what he's thinking)

    Then Hayley feels so good coz she got the guy in the end!

    "But, God, does it feel so good
    Cause I got him where I want him right now"

    Most of the time, I can relate to this song >:) Hahahaha...
    superstarwannabeon April 23, 2007   Link
  • +5
    General CommentOnce a whore you're nothing more, i'm sorry, that'll never change

    ^ gorgeous. genius. great
    AubergineDrea7son April 15, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentCorrect lyrics (from Paramore themselves):

    I'm in the business of misery
    Let's take it from the top
    She's got a body like an hourglass
    That's tickin' like a clock
    It's a matter of time before we all run out...
    When I thought he was mine
    She caught him by the mouth

    I waited eight long months
    She finally set him free
    I told him I can't lie
    He was the only one for me
    Two weeks and we had caught on fire
    She's got it out for me
    But I wear the biggest smile

    Whoa...I never meant to brag
    But I got him where I want him now
    Whoa...it was never my intention to brag
    To steal it all away from you now
    But, God, does it feel so good
    Cause I got him where I want him right now
    And if you could then you know you would
    Cause, God, it just feels so
    It just feels so good
    thoseguiltyeyeson April 10, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti can agree with most that the song is about a girl being in love with a boy, and the boy getting stolen from her suddenly. so, she waits, and then she gets him back, and she's not letting him fall into the hands of someone else.
    it's an awesome song.
    hayley's voice is full of emotion .. and paramore is altogether amazing.
    i definitely suggest buying "RIOT!" when it's out. (:
    shadowcloneaxbon April 28, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHey, doesn't this guy have a mind of his own?

    She's talking about the 'guy' in her song as if he's
    a pair of socks.
    dinathetouristxon July 09, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOkay so basically, I'm going to break it down for you because this song makes perfect sense. AMAZING song by the way. One of the best off the album Riot!
    Let's start:

    I'm in the business of misery
    Let's take it from the top

    *She's dealing with the usual teenage scene. She's involved in a bit of drama and knows there's a chance for a heart break, but she's determined.
    Take it from the top is meaning she is going to tell her side of the story.

    She's got a body like an hourglass
    That's tickin' like a clock

    *This might indicate the other girl, who has a perfect figure and who is beautiful. Ticking like a clock is indicating that she has been waiting for this guy that she likes, and she is confident she will get him since she is so beautiful and all that snobby bull shit.

    It's a matter of time before we all run out
    When I thought he was mine
    She caught him by the mouth

    *This other girl [use Hayley for the example], likes the guy too and has been waiting for him. If either of them don't get to him, then he is going to move on and they are both going to be screwed. When Hayley tried to get to him, the other girl snags him before she can.

    I waited eight long months
    She finally set him free

    *Hayley waited patiently for 8 months, and the other girl got to him before she did, and so Hayley thinks this whole thing isn't fair.

    I told him I couldn't lie
    He was the only one for me

    *Hayley has strong feelings for him. Hayley probably thinks the other girl is just using him, and has other guys in mind too and she's cheated on this guy they both like while Hayley knows herself that she likes that one particular guy.

    Two weeks and we had caught on fire
    She's got it out for me
    But I wear the biggest smile

    *The indicated 2 weeks could be when Hayley and the guy hit it off, and the other girl is pissed about it and tried to get back at Hayley, but Hayley plays it off and wears the biggest smile, knowing she has the guy, and the other girl doesn't.

    Whoa, I never meant to brag
    But I got him where I want him now

    *Hayley doesn't want to brag about getting the guy now, and she's finally got him after the long run.

    Whoa, it was never my intention to brag
    To steal it all away from you now

    *Hayley ends up bragging about it and the other girl is furious because Hayley stealed him away from her, but the guy should've been Hayley's in the first place.

    But God, does it feel so good
    Cause I got him where I want him now

    *Hayley feels so much better now that she has him and the other girl doesn't.

    And if you could then you know you would
    Cause God, it just feels so
    It just feels so good

    *The "and if you could then you know you would" indicates that if the other girl was in Hayley's position, she would act the same way.

    Second chances, they don't ever matter
    People never change

    *Hayley it seems, as if she's talking to the guy after the other girl cheated on him, and she's telling him the the other girl shouldn't get a chance because she's never going to change.

    Once a whore, you're nothing more
    I'm sorry, that'll never change

    *Plain and simple..Once you're whore, you are nothing more than that. You're just classified as one and you'll never change from a whore to a nice innocent girl.

    And about forgiveness
    We're both supposed to have exchanged
    I'm sorry, honey, but I passed that up
    Now look this way

    *She's indicating that the other girl is trying to apologize not only to the guy but to her because the other girl feels so low now that she finally hasn't got something she wanted and Hayley is not going to put up with it and she wants the other girl to look at what Hayley and the guy have that she doesn't.

    Well, there's a million other girls who do it just like you
    Looking as innocent as possible
    To get to who they want and what they like

    *She's saying that there's tons of other girls who act fake and are snaggers like the other girl is. They try to act innocent like they're not trying to steal someone else's guy but they do it and they try to get just what then want and like.

    It's easy if you do it right
    Well, I refuse, I refuse, I refuse

    *She's saying it's easy for the girls to get the guys because they just have to sweet talk their way into it, but Hayley refuses for the other girl to do that to the guy she likes.

    Whoa, I never meant to brag
    But I got him where I want him now
    Whoa, it was never my intention to brag
    To steal it all away from you now
    But God, does it feel so good
    Cause I got him where I want him right now
    And if you could then you know you would
    Cause God, it just feels so
    It just feels so good

    ^^look at the previous chorus

    I watched his wildest dreams come true
    And not one of them involving you

    *Hayley is watching his wildest dreams come true and none of them involve the other girl.

    Just watch my wildest dreams come true
    Not one of them involving...

    *Hayley is rubbing it in the other girl's face that the guy is having his wildest dreams come true by Hayley and they aren't involving the other girl, once again.


    Whoa, I never meant to brag
    But I got him where I want him now

    ^^already explained somewhere above

    Whoa, I never meant to brag
    But I got him where I want him now
    Whoa, it was never my intention to brag
    To steal it all away from you now
    But God, does it feel so good
    Cause I got him where I want him now
    And if you could then you know you would
    Cause God, it just feels so
    It just feels so good

    ^^ALL indicated above somewhere too

    Anyways, I enjoyed breaking this song down for all of you;
    All of this is my own opinion. If you think differently, then so be it :]
    music_lover69on July 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsuch honest lyrics.
    and wicked vocals.

    from what i've heard so far, riot! is going to be so good.
    matchbox_20on April 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow! Intense! I love it! This song just is amazing! From he lyrics, to the vocals, to the music, they got this one down.

    Favorite line:
    "I watched his wildest dreams come true
    Not one of them involving you"

    It almost sounds like she is with someone, whose ex was mean to him, or cheated (the whole whore thing!) This line is just amazing. It's almost like she is saying "ive been there for all the best things in his life, and not once did he look back, or did it involve you!"

    Love it!
    ThisJuneNighton April 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlol, when she says "when i thought he was mine she caught him by the mouth" mouth sounds like cock to me.
    i think my mind is in the gutter or something..
    softball14luveron May 14, 2007   Link

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