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"Now" is the first single for Paramore's fourth self-titled album, "Paramore". The song received highly positive reviews and top 20 success in the US on the Alternative song chart.

The alternative rock/pop-punk song was released on January 22nd, 2013. It was recorded in Los Angeles, California, and released by their record label Fueled By Ramen. It was written by Hayley Williams, and Taylor York working together. As with the rest of the album, it was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, mixed by Ken Andrews, and Taylor York also helped out with the production of this song in particular.



Now was written about the band transitioning from "brand new eyes" to "Paramore" without Josh and Zac, and all of the press coverage and other things that came along with that.

"the message behind it is really that there’s all this struggle going on, and all this pain and bitterness and this violent cycle that keeps going on, and at some point you have to stop the cycle.That was one of the first songs we wrote that I felt like a lot of things I needed to say that might have been bottled up sort of came out. I felt like I hadn’t been able to see the light at the end of the tunnel before.I want to write about never knowing what’s next; the curiosity and the lust to know but the comfort and the peace of never actually having to and never really getting to. I like the mystery, I like that the path is illuminated only as we are on it. I don’t want to write another angry record, but at the same time that’s where I get a lot of frustrations out so I can be a positive person. It’s going to be real interesting for me lyrically." -Hayley Williams

"Not really sure what else to say except for we love this song. It just feels like the perfect way to start this new journey we are embarking on not only as a band but as a movement. To show people that you can lose battles but come back and win full on wars. You can rise from ashes. You can make something out of even less than nothing. The only thing you have to do is keep moving forward!" - Paramore

Music Video[]

The music video to 'Now' was uploaded on YouTube on February 12, 2013. It currently has more than 14 million views.


Don't try to take this from me. Don't try to take this from me. Now.
Feels like I'm waking from the dead
And everyone's been waiting on me.
Least now, I'll never have to wonder what it's like
To sleep a year away.
Weren't we indestructible? Thought that we could brave it all.
Never thought that what would take me out was hiding down below.
Lost the battle
Win the war
Bringing my sinking ship back to the shore.
Starting over.
Head back in.
There's a time and a place to die but this ain't it.
If there's a future, we want it now.
Don't try to take this from me. Don't try to take this from me. Now.
Wish I could find a crystal ball...
For the days I feel completely worthless
You know I'd use it all for good,
I would not take it for granted
Instead I have some memories... for the days I don't feel anything.
At the least, they will remind me not to make the same mistakes again.
Lost the battle
Win the war
Bringing my sinking ship back to the shore.
Starting over.
Head back in.
There's a time and a place to die but this ain't it.
If there's a future, we want it now.
There's a time and a place to die.
This ain't it.
If there's a future, we want it now.



Additional Musicians

  • Jeremy Smith - Drums
  • Ken Andrews - Backing Vocals, Keyboards
  • Ted Jensen - Mastering


The reception of the song by music critics was mostly positives. It was also positive from most of their fans. Spin magazine positively said "Now" is a pretty nifty bait-and-switch" in their positive review of the song. James Brindel of Burten Mail also gave it a positive review stating that "Now" had "fantastically catchy chorus and showcases Hayley Williams’ immaculate vocals to great effect". They also gave it a 4/5. Columbia Missourian gave it a 5/5 praising the song by saying "This particular track has more of an edge to it, while still containing one of the best hooks delivered from a rock band in the last few years"

Chart Performance[]

Chart (2013)



Australia 86
Austria 70
Belgium (Flanders) 70
Japan 90
UK Singles 39
UK Rock 2
US Hot 100 86
US Rock Songs 16

US Alternative Songs



  • The song was featured in Guitar Hero Live.
  • The song was featured in Rocksmith 2014.


Songs Fast In My CarNowGrow UpDaydreamingInterlude: Moving OnAin't It FunPart IILast HopeStill Into YouAnklebitersInterlude: HolidayProofHate to See Your Heart Break(One of Those) Crazy GirlsInterlude: I'm Not Angry AnymoreBe AloneFuture
Bonus Tracks Escape RouteNative TongueTell Me It's OkayDecodeThe Only ExceptionBrick By Boring BrickLet the Flames Begin
Members Hayley WilliamsJeremy DavisTaylor York
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Alive In Europe


Songs Fast In My CarThat's What You GetDecodeIgnoranceNowDaydreamingWhen It RainsLast HopeInterlude: HolidayCrushcrushcrushAin't It FunThe Only ExceptionIn the MourningPressureMisery BusinessStill Into You
Members Hayley WilliamsTaylor YorkJeremy Davis
Studio Albums
All We Know is FallingRiot!Brand New Eyes
ParamoreAfter Laughter
The Summer Tic EPThe Only Exception EPSingles Club
The Holiday SessionsAin't It Fun RemixesThe B-Sides
Live Albums
Live in the UK 2008The Final Riot!MTV Unplugged
2010 Summer Tour EPAlive In Europe
Hayley Williams: Petals for ArmorPetals for Armor IPetals for Armor IIPetals for Armor IIIPetals for Armor: Self-SerenadesFLOWERS for VASES / descansos
Zac Farro: HalfNoise EPVolcano CroweSudden FeelingThe Velvet Face EPFlowerss EPNatural DisguiseZafari EPMotif
Josh Farro: Walkways
Song ListList of Paramore's SongsFueled By Ramen (Label)