Hayley Williams Completes 'Petals For Armor II' With New Song 'Dead Horse'
By Lindsey Smith
April 23, 2020
Ahead of the release of her debut solo album, Petals For Armor, on May 8, Hayley Williams has been dropping smaller collections of music for fans.
She first gave fans Petals For Armor I, which featured her first solo song, “Simmer,” along with “Leave It Alone,” “Cinnamon,” “Creepin',” and “Sudden Desire.”
Now, she has completed Petals For Armor II with the release of “Dead Horse.” While it has an uptempo beat, the lyrics showcase some pretty heavy topics and themes. “It really gave me a place to put some haunted thoughts I'd carried for far too long,” she wrote on Instagram.
As many know, Williams took inspiration from the hard times of her life for her solo album, including opening up about anxiety, depression, and divorce.
“The latest single, ‘Dead Horse’ offers strength back to a younger, weaker version of myself. I feel like all of this needed to be said in order to embody the kind of woman I hope to be,” Williams said in a press statement.
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“DEAD HORSE” was written by myself and @xdanieljames. 🌺⚰️🔨 . i have loved his music for a while and his last @canonblue album ‘Lasso Yo’ really had me fuq’d up for quite some time... needless to say, i was excited to write to some music he sent me. i took a business trip for @gooddyeyoung and wrote nearly all the lyrics on the flight home. the intro on the album is from a voice note i sent to him from my bathroom to show him the parts i wrote (swipe through to hear all the original voice notes). it’s one of the few songs i “top-lined” for this album, rather than building it from scratch... and it really gave me a place to put some haunted thoughts i’d carried for far too long. excuse the very long caption (again) but it’s relieving to have this one out. . *lil music nerd tidbit* ... the “yah yah’s” and those harmonies were inspired by the Lijadu Sisters. while touring for After Laughter, i fell for a lot of popular African music... but their songs are some of my favorite. please listen to them while you’re stuck at home. you will not regret it!
This can be reflected in the song's second verse where she sings: “Sometimes it's good to be the bigger person/ But I'm so small I can't compare/ And after all, it's only fair, yeah/ I got what I deserved, I was the other woman first/ Other others on the line/ But I kept trying to make it work.”
The new track joins “Roses/Lotus/Iris/Violet,” “Over Yet,”“My Friend,” and “Why We Ever,” on Petals For Armor II.
Williams also recently announced that her forthcoming tour would be postponed due to the current coronavirus outbreak. Like many artists, she is unable to hit the road this summer for health and safety reasons.
The good news is, all current ticket holders will be able to use their tickets at the rescheduled dates once those are announced.
💔— hayley from Paramore 🌺 (@yelyahwilliams) April 22, 2020
but we will be together again. pic.twitter.com/a7kAgHUI84
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