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All that I want
Is to wake up fine
Tell me that I'm alright
That I ain't gonna die
All that I want
Is a hole in the ground
You can tell me when it's alright
For me to come out

(Hard times) gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times) gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
(These lives) and I still don't know how I even survive
(Hard times)
(Hard times)
And I gotta get to rock bottom

Walking around
With my little rain cloud
Hanging over my head
And it ain't coming down
Where do I go?
Gimme some sort of sign
You hit me with lightning
Maybe I'll come alive

(Hard times) gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times) gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
(These lives) and I still don't know how I even survive
(Hard times)
(Hard times)
And I gotta hit rock bottom

Tell my friends I'm coming down
We'll kick it when I hit the ground
Tell my friends I'm coming down
We'll kick it when I hit the ground
When I hit the ground
When I hit the ground
When I hit the ground
When I hit the ground

(Hard times) gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times) gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
(These lives) and I still don't know how I even survive
(Hard times) (hard times)
(Hard times) (hard times)

(Hard times) gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times) gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
(These lives) and I still don't know how I even survive
(Hard times) (hard times)
(Hard times)

(Hard times)
(Makes you wonder why you even try)
(Makes you wonder why you even try)
(Makes you wonder why you even try)
(Makes you wonder)
(Hard times)
(Still don't know how I even survive)
(Still don't know how I even survive)
(Still don't know how I even survive)
(Still don't know how, I survive)





And I gotta get to rock bottom

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Paramore's Hard Times showcase the struggling mindset of an individual who is going through a tough time in their life. The song starts with the lead singer wishing for a painless day and the assurance that they will not perish. The lyrics then talk about how the individual feels like they are walking around with a dark cloud over their head that will not go away. They are in search of a sign to show them the way, hoping to be hit by lightning so that they can come alive.


The chorus of the song expresses how hard times make a person doubt themselves, re-evaluate their efforts, and question their survival. The repetition of the phrase hard times leads to the realization that the only way for the individual to feel better is for them to hit rock bottom. At the end of the song, it shows how the individual is willing to hit rock bottom and rise again, telling friends about the experience so they can join them later.


Overall, the song's message is about how individuals should embrace failure and hit rock bottom so that they can start making progress again. Hard times may make one feel lost, but pushing through the lows and going through the pains is necessary to reach the ultimate goal of feeling, once again, like they're alive.


Line by Line Meaning

All that I want Is to wake up fine Tell me that I'm alright That I ain't gonna die All that I want Is a hole in the ground You can tell me when it's alright For me to come out
The singer wants to start each day in a good frame of mind, and she needs reassurance that everything will be alright. She also wishes to have a place to hide while she is feeling low and wait to come out when it is safe to do so.


(Hard times) gonna make you wonder why you even try (Hard times) gonna take you down and laugh when you cry (These lives) and I still don't know how I even survive (Hard times) (Hard times) And I gotta get to rock bottom
The hard times will make you question your efforts and discourage you from moving on. The difficulties will also break you down and make others joyful when they watch you suffer. Despite surviving so long, the singer has no idea how she managed to do so. She wants to hit rock bottom and come out the other side.


Walking around With my little rain cloud Hanging over my head And it ain't coming down Where do I go? Gimme some sort of sign You hit me with lightning Maybe I'll come alive
The singer feels melancholy and believes negative thoughts continually cloud her mind, leaving her no peace. She does not know what direction to take and seeks guidance. But, rather than a typical sign like a warning, she wants an electrical shock to bring her back to life.


Tell my friends I'm coming down We'll kick it when I hit the ground Tell my friends I'm coming down We'll kick it when I hit the ground When I hit the ground When I hit the ground When I hit the ground When I hit the ground
The singer informs her colleagues that she's not doing well and says they'll get together once she's hit her lowest point. She repeats herself, indicating that collapsing could occur at any moment.


(Hard times) gonna make you wonder why you even try (Hard times) gonna take you down and laugh when you cry (These lives) and I still don't know how I even survive (Hard times) (hard times) (Hard times) (hard times)
The pain of hard times will cause uncertainty about why you keep fighting, and others will take pleasure in your misery. The singer is still perplexed on how she has managed to survive so far, and she repeats the chorus twice more to emphasize that the hard times are ongoing.


(Hard times) (Makes you wonder why you even try) (Makes you wonder why you even try) (Makes you wonder why you even try) (Makes you wonder) (Hard times) (Still don't know how I even survive) (Still don't know how I even survive) (Still don't know how I even survive) (Still don't know how, I survive)
The singer repeats the chorus once again, and this indicates that the hard times still persist. The repetition reinforces the idea that the harsh conditions cause thoughts of doubt and confusion, and the singer still has no idea how she has managed to keep going.


And I gotta get to rock bottom
The singer's focus throughout the song is to move towards rock bottom, as she believes it is the only place she can begin to rebuild her life and gain strength from the experience.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Hayley Nichole Williams, Taylor York

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@KasheemaSingh

Lyrics
All that I want
Is to wake up fine
Tell me that I'm alright
That I ain't gonna die
All that I want
Is a hole in the ground
You can tell me when it's alright
For me to come out
gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times) gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
(These lives) and I still don't know how I even survive
(Hard times)
(Hard times)
And I gotta get to rock bottom
Walking around
With my little rain cloud
Hanging over my head
And it ain't coming down
Where do I go?
Gimme some sort of sign
You hit me with lightning
Maybe I'll come alive
gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times) gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
(These lives) and I still don't know how I even survive
(Hard times)
(Hard times)
And I gotta hit rock bottom
Tell my friends I'm coming down
We'll kick it when I hit the ground
Tell my friends I'm coming down
We'll kick it when I hit the ground
When I hit the ground
When I hit the ground
When I hit the ground
When I hit the ground
gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times) gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
(These lives) and I still don't know how I even survive
(Hard times) (hard times)
(Hard times) (hard times)
gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times) gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
(These lives) and I still don't know how I even survive
(Hard times) (hard times)
(Hard times)
And I gotta get to rock bottom



All comments from YouTube:

@BoilingHotCoffee

“Does she age”

SHE WAS 28 WHEN THIS CAME OUT THAT AINT EVEN OLD FELLAS COME ON

@pho_is_not_interesting

HOW IS SHE ONLY 28 TF??? WE'VE LIVED FOR TOO LONG

@Vinnicombe1

They are talking about how old she is now compared to what it was when she made the song.

@crinklecutglizzy3367

she still looks young now thats probably what they meant

@num1Jaysta

Lindsay Lohan....

@User-ip3rb

Coffee good

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@waochi5602

the lyrics: depressing
the rythm: super happy and optimistic

@alonso372

Si

@rivailleackerman6951

just like Jpop

@no.1.silly.goose.

like sugar crash lol

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