Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun” Lyrics Meaning

On Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun”, the narrator seems to suggest that there are advantages attached to being able to grow up and make decisions for yourself. The song is based on the premise that you will not always have your parents or loved ones at your beck and call.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Paramore's Ain't It Fun at

For the writer, stepping into the real world can present very hard choices. However, these are meant to make you stronger and better once you learn to deal with them. She employs a lot of sarcasm to depict the message that though being on your own can be very tough, you don’t have to be shattered by change but rather grow into it.

“Ain’t it fun living in the real world?’

Hayley in a post on Paramore’s Live Journal explained that the song is targeted at people who at times forget that they are not the center of the whole universe. She added that the song is also addressed to herself at a point when she felt she needed to mature and move out of her comfort zone.

Facts about “Ain’t It Fun”

Hayley Williams together with Taylor York and Meldal-Johnsen wrote “Ain’t It Fun”. In addition to co-writing this song, Taylor and Johnsen also worked together in the studio to produce this masterpiece.

In 2013, Paramore released their hit forth studio album which they titled after themselves. “Ain’t It Fun” was the fourth single that this album birthed. It went on to be one of the highlights of the album and its most successful track. For example, in America alone, it sold more than two million copies. It also gave Paramore their very first top 10 hit in America. It however, struggled a bit outside the United States, only managing to attain top-40 status in a handful of countries.

At the 2015 Grammys, “Ain’t It Fun” was honored with the Grammy for the “Best Rock Song” of the year. This was a very important honor as it gave the band the first Grammy honor of their career. This win also made the band’s vocalist, Hayley the second female artist to be receive that honor. The first was singer Alanis Morissette. Alanis won this award back in 1996 with her hit song “You Oughta Know”.

NOTE: “Ain’t It Fun” beat the following competition to win the aforementioned Grammy:

  • Ryan Adams’ “Gimme Something Good”
  • The Black Keys’ “Fever”
  • Beck’s “Blue Moon”
  • Jack White’s “Lazaretto”

A year earlier, Paul McCartney alongside Pat Smear, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic received this Grammy honor. They clinched it with their song “Cut Me Some Slack“.

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