Rose-Colored Boy
Paramore Lyrics


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Low-key, no pressure, just hang with me and my weather
Low-key, no pressure, just hang with me and my weather

Rose-colored boy
I hear you making all that noise
About the world you want to see
And oh, I'm so annoyed
'Cause I just killed off what was left of the optimist in me, ooh

But hearts are breaking, and wars are raging on
And I have taken my glasses off
You got me nervous
I'm right at the end of my rope
A half-empty girl
Don't make me laugh, I'll choke

Just let me cry a little bit longer
I ain't gon' smile if I don't want to
Hey man, we all can't be like you
I wish we were all rose-colored too
My rose-colored boy

Low-key, no pressure, just hang with me and my weather

I want you to stop insisting that I'm not a lost cause
'Cause I've been through a lot
Really all I've got is just to stay pissed off
If it's alright by you

But hearts are breaking, and wars are raging on
And I have taken my glasses off
You got me nervous
And you're turning it into a joke
A half-empty girl
Don't make me laugh, I'll

Just let me cry a little bit longer
I ain't gon' smile if I don't want to
Hey, man, we all can't be like you
I wish we were all rose-colored too
My rose-colored boy

Mhm-mmh, ooh

Leave me here a little bit longer
I think I wanna stay in the car
I don't want anybody seeing me cry now
You say, "We gotta look on the bright side"
I say, "Well maybe if you wanna go blind"
You say my eyes are getting too dark now
But boy, you ain't ever seen my mind

Just let me cry a little bit longer
I ain't gon' smile if I don't want to
Hey, man, we all can't be like you
I wish we were all rose-colored too
My rose-colored

Just let me cry (cry) a little bit longer
I ain't gon' smile if I don't want to
I know we all can't be like you
I wish we were all rose-colored too
My rose-colored boy





Low-key, no pressure, just hang with me and my weather
Low-key, no pressure, just hang with me and my weather

Overall Meaning

The song "Rose-Colored Boy" by Paramore is a commentary on how difficult it can be to maintain a positive outlook on life when the world is filled with so much despair. The opening lyrics "Low-key, no pressure, just hang with me and my weather" establish the tone of the song as being one of comfort, without any expectations or pressure. However, this moment of respite is short-lived as the chorus begins with the line "Rose-colored boy, I hear you making all that noise" which is an indictment of those who maintain a relentlessly positive perspective on life. The singer of the song is annoyed with this kind of optimism, as it clashes with the harsh realities of the world.


The second verse further illustrates this point as the singer reveals that they are "a half-empty girl" who cannot "smile if [they] don't want to". They want to be allowed to feel their emotions, to cry if they need to, instead of being pressured into putting on a facade of happiness. The bridge of the song is particularly powerful as the singer begs to be left alone, to "stay in the car" and cry in private. They reject the idea of "looking on the bright side" as being naive and instead embrace the darkness, proclaiming "boy, you ain't ever seen my mind".


Line by Line Meaning

Low-key, no pressure, just hang with me and my weather
I’m feeling down and don't want any pressure. Just be with me in my bad mood and accept me as I am


Rose-colored boy
You act like the world is perfect and it's starting to irritate me


I hear you making all that noise
You're talking a lot about your perfect world, but it's not realistic


About the world you want to see
You're describing the unrealistic world you wish you lived in


And oh, I'm so annoyed
Your idealistic views are making me upset


'Cause I just killed off what was left of the optimist in me, ooh
Your optimism is clashing with my pessimism, and it's bringing me down


But hearts are breaking, and wars are raging on
The world is in a dark place, and I can't ignore it


And I have taken my glasses off
I'm seeing the world for what it really is, not through rose-tinted glasses


You got me nervous
Your constant positivity is making me anxious


I'm right at the end of my rope
I feel like I'm about to snap under the pressure of your unrealistic views


A half-empty girl
I see the world as half-empty, not half-full


Don't make me laugh, I'll choke
I can't handle your happy-go-lucky attitude right now


Just let me cry a little bit longer
I need to let out my emotions and be sad for a while


I ain't gon' smile if I don't want to
I'm not going to put on a happy face just to please you


Hey man, we all can't be like you
I can't be as optimistic as you are, and that's okay


I wish we were all rose-colored too
I wish I had your optimistic view on life, but I don't


My rose-colored boy
You're living in a dream world, and I can't keep up


I want you to stop insisting that I'm not a lost cause
I'm tired of you trying to change me and make me more like you


'Cause I've been through a lot
I've had a rough life, and I can't just suddenly become happy all the time


Really all I've got is just to stay pissed off
Being angry is how I cope with my problems


And you're turning it into a joke
You're not taking my problems seriously and it's making me feel worse


Leave me here a little bit longer
I need some time alone to process my emotions and be sad


I think I wanna stay in the car
I don't want to face the world and put on a happy face right now


I don't want anybody seeing me cry now
I'm ashamed of my sadness and don't want anyone to see me vulnerable


You say, 'We gotta look on the bright side'
You think that being optimistic is the solution to all problems


I say, 'Well maybe if you wanna go blind'
I'm warning you that being overly optimistic can be unhealthy


You say my eyes are getting too dark now
You think that my sadness is taking over me and that I need to be more positive


But boy, you ain't ever seen my mind
You don't fully understand what's going on in my head and how I'm feeling




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

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@caseygibson7266

I love how the whole album is basically depression to an 80s beat. Very aesthetic.

@TheIncredabad69

That's basically my life

@lunatheworld

Literally my entire existence lmfaooo

@TheIncredabad69

@chrissy christoff not necessarily saying she's depressed or that she exactly meant to make the album about that, just saying that's the vibe i get from it because it fits well enough what i know from my experience. If you get a different feeling from it or maybe less intense version, whatever you wanna say about it, then that's fine too

@bowmmasterpro1526

@@TheIncredabad69 After laughter is about depression so

@TheIncredabad69

@@bowmmasterpro1526 makes sense to me

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@user-gk5go6ts3y

Ah, upbeat music with a dark twist. My aesthetic.

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A Same....just like Glowing eyes?

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A Me too!

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