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"Simmer" is the first track off of Hayley Williams' first solo album "Petals for Armor" and her first solo single. It is the first track off of "Petals for Armor I" Extended Play.

                                                                                                                                                                                    

Background[]

The song "Simmer" is about Hayley dealing with feelings of anxiety, desperation, anger, and compassion. The song deals with these feelings and ends with Hayley finding peace and comfort.

"A while ago I went to this cranial sacral masseuse. I was laying on her table and I started having these weirdly creepy visions of flowers growing out of me. And not in a kind of beautiful way, it was kind of painful and very grotesque. But I kinda realized in that moment that there was a lot that was trying to grow out of me but it was gonna hurt to do it.

And I think for me it’s somewhat of a mantra to try to stay soft in a really really hard world. And feel pain and feel everything, like let all of it come to you and try to put out something that can redeem it all, even if it’s ugly at first.

The lyric is “wrap yourself in petals for armor” because I kept feeling like the way for me to protect myself best is to be vulnerable and be okay with having a lot of pain at certain times and also feeling a lot of joy at certain times. As long as I’m staying soft to those things and I’m open to letting those things in and out of me. Then I can actually survive the world a lot easier than if I stay hard and stay with my fists up all the time."

Parts of the song are about Hayley's relationship with Chad Gilbert and how much damage he did to her.

Music Video[]

In an interview, Hayley Williams explained that the music video was inspired by horror movies noting Bird Box and the tv series the handmaid's tale.

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Hayley Williams - Simmer -Official Music Video-

A lyric video was also uploaded.

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Hayley Williams - Simmer -Official Lyric Video-

Lyrics[]

Rage is a quiet thing
You think that you've tamed it
But it's just lying in wait
Oh, rage
Is it in our veins?
Feel it in my face when I least expect it

Give in

Control
There's so many ways to give in
Eyes closed
Another way to make it to 10
Oh, how to draw the line between wrath and mercy?
Gotta simmer simmer simmer simmer simmer down

Control
There's so many ways to give in
Eyes closed
Another way to make it to 10
Oh, how to draw the line between wrath and mercy?
Gotta simmer simmer simmer simmer simmer down

If I had seen my reflection
As something more precious
He would've never
Mmm, and if my child needed protection
From a fucker like that man
I'd sooner gut him
Cause nothing cuts like a mother

Give in

Control
There's so many ways to give in
Eyes closed
Another way to make it to 10
Oh, how to draw the line between wrath and mercy?
Simmer simmer simmer simmer simmer down

Control
There's so many ways to give in
Eyes closed
Another way to make it to 10
Oh, how to draw the line between wrath and mercy?
(Simmer, simmer, simmer, simmer, simmer, simmer)
Gotta simmer simmer simmer simmer simmer down

Wrap yourself in petals
Wrap yourself in petals
Wrap yourself in petals for armor
Petals for armor

Give in

Control
There's so many ways to give in
Eyes closed
Another way to make it to 10
Oh, how to draw the line between wrath and mercy?
Simmer simmer simmer simmer simmer down

Control
There's so many ways to give in
Eyes closed
Another way to make it to 10
Oh, how to draw the line between wrath and mercy?
Gotta simmer, simmer, simmer...

Personnel[]

Hayley Williams - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard

Aaron Steel - Drums, Programming

Joey Howard - Bass Guitar, Keyboard

Taylor York - Additional Instruments

Trivia[]

  • The album "Petals for Armor" was named after a lyric in this song.
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Petals for Armor

Hayley Williams

Songs SimmerLeave It AloneCinnamonCreepinSudden DesireDead HorseMy FriendOver YetRoses/Lotus/Violet/IrisWhy We EverPure LoveTakenSugar on the RimWatch Me While I BloomCrystal Clear
Bonus Tracks Simmer (Carolina Polachek Remix)Dead Horse (Glass Animals Remix)Dead Horse (Hot Chip Remix)
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Petals for Armor I

Hayley Williams

Songs SimmerLeave It AloneCinnamonCreepinSudden Desire
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Studio Albums
All We Know is FallingRiot!Brand New Eyes
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EP's
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The Holiday SessionsAin't It Fun RemixesThe B-Sides
Live Albums
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2010 Summer Tour EPAlive In Europe
Solo
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
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