Listen & Lyrics Hayley Williams ‘First Thing To Go’

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Hayley Williams debuted her album, FLOWERS for VASES / descansos

The record was a surprise for fans. Williams wrote and recorded the album at home during quarantine. One of the standout songs, “First Thing To Go,” has quickly become a fan favorite.

Stream the song, below.

“This isn’t really a follow-up to Petals For Armor. If anything, it’s a prequel, or some sort of detour between parts 1 and 2 of Petals,” she said. “The meaning of the album as a whole is maybe entirely different from diving into each song in particular,” Williams said. “For me, there’s no better way to tackle these individual subjects other than holistically.”

“The ways I’ve been given time (forcibly, really) to stew on certain pains long enough to understand that they in fact, need to be released…indefinitely,” she added. “I may never have been offered such a kindness; an opportunity to tend to the seeds I’d planted, to harvest, and to weed or prune what is no longer alive, in order to make space for the living. I wrote and performed this album in its entirety. That’s a career first for me. I recorded it at my home in Nashville, the home at which I’ve resided since Paramore released After Laughter. 2020 was really hard but I’m alive and so my job is to keep living and help others to do the same.”

‘First Thing To Go’ Lyrics From Hayley Williams

First thing to go

Was the sound of his voice ah

It echoes still, I’m sure, but I can’t hear it

Was it gentle or cold? 

Or maybe just noise? 


Heard what I wanted 

Until I couldn’t 


And I’m

Scared to lose

What’s left of you


Time moves slow

I just talk to myself 

Finish my own sentences the way you used to

Why do memories glow

The way real moments don’t? Ah

My alter is full 

Of all love’s delusions 


And I’m

Scared to lose

What’s left of you

And I

Should forget

But I

Love what’s left 


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