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Why The Chainsmokers’s “Paris” is Better than “Closer”

Everyone has heard and sang along to The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” by now. I know I certainly have. I can’t tell you how many times it comes on the radio and I find myself unwillingly singing along because it’s so damn catchy. I say unwillingly because the lyrics drive me mad.

Recently, The Chainsmokers came out with another song, “Paris,” and I absolutely adore it. I would also argue it’s loads better than “Closer,” at least, if we’re going by strictly lyrics alone.

So, I want to do a comparison between the two. We’ll first look at “Closer” and it’s lyrics, and then we’ll look at “Paris” and do the same thing. Then, I’ll tell you why I like one better than the other because this is my blog and what I do. I’m not saying my opinions are truth even though I wish they were (because opinions aren’t actually facts my friends), but I gotta tell you guys how I feel. Because I have some feelings about these two songs.

Verse 1
Hey, I was doing just fine before I met you

I drink too much and that’s an issue
But I’m OK
Hey, you tell your friends it was nice to meet them
But I hope I never see them
AgainPre-Chorus
I know it breaks your heart

Moved to the city in a broke-down car
And four years, no calls
Now you’re looking pretty in a hotel bar
And I, I, I, I, I can’t stop
No, I, I, I, I, I can’t stopChorus
So, baby, pull me closer

In the back seat of your Rover
That I know you can’t afford
Bite that tattoo on your shoulder
Pull the sheets right off the corner
Of that mattress that you stole
From your roommate back in Boulder
We ain’t ever getting olderWe ain’t ever getting older
We ain’t ever getting older

Verse 2
You look as good as the day I met you

I forget just why I left you,
I was insane
Stay and play that Blink-182 song
That we beat to death in Tucson,
OK

Pre-Chorus
I know it breaks your heart

Moved to the city in a broke-down car
And four years, no call
Now I’m looking pretty in a hotel bar
And I, I, I, I, I can’t stop
No, I, I, I, I, I can’t stop

Chorus
So, baby, pull me closer

In the back seat of your Rover
That I know you can’t afford
Bite that tattoo on your shoulder
Pull the sheets right off the corner
Of that mattress that you stole
From your roommate back in Boulder
We ain’t ever getting older

We ain’t ever getting older
We ain’t ever getting older

Okay, so there’s “Closer”. Let’s take a closer look at it. Ha. I’m sorry (also: Yes, I didn’t put the full lyrics because the ending of the song was just the chorus and hook on repeat forever).

Anyway, so I would argue that the verses are pretty strong in this song, but when we get to the pre-chorus and then the chorus is when I think the song starts getting a little wonky.

Yes, this song is super catchy, but I think it suffers from clarity issues when we get to the pre-chorus and chorus.

We just came from a verse that told us how the speaker and the former love met, but then we go to the pre-chorus that makes no sense to me.

Did they break up because she moved to a city in a broken down car and that broke her heart? Or did they move together to a new city but then broke up?  Is that what breaks her heart? And now they’re meeting again and he’s upset because they haven’t talked in four years? And you can’t stop what? I HAVE TOO MANY QUESTIONS UGH.

Bro, I’m pretty sure people don’t normally try to talk to their ex after a break-up unless it was a good break-up. And the way you sing it, it’s not good.

Then we get to the chorus, and apparently they’re all over each other, and I’m confused as to why it matters they’re on a mattress that she stole from her roommate back in Boulder. To me, that kills the mood. Also, how did they get from the car to the mattress so quickly? There’s literally no transition and it is confusing the heck out of me.

I honestly think the chorus is a bunch of words thrown together to make a rhyme scheme, which is dumb and sloppy. But at least it’s hella catchy. I will probably forever sing along with it.

The second verse answers some questions I had from the pre-chorus, but I’m confused because they didn’t change the point of view of the line “I know it breaks your heart”. With the way the kept it, it makes it seem like they both had their hearts broken? But she admits in the second verse that she left him and now she’s questioning why?

I think this song is a mess because the lyrics get confusing in the timeline they’ve set up. The narrative is confusing.

So. That’s how I feel about “Closer”: confused and frustrated at the lack of clarity, but pleased by the catchy tune.

Onto “Paris!”

Verse 1
We were staying in Paris

To get away from your parents
And I thought, “Wow, if I could take this in a shot right now
I don’t think that we could work this out.”

Out on the terrace
I don’t know if it’s fair but I thought, “How could I let you fall by yourself
While I’m wasted with someone else?”

Chorus
If we go down then we go down together

They’ll say you could do anything
They’ll say that I was clever
If we go down then we go down together
We’ll get away with everything
Let’s show them we are better
Let’s show them we are better
Let’s show them we are better

Verse 2
We were staying in Paris

To get away from your parents
You look so proud standing there with a frown and a cigarette
Posting pictures of yourself on the Internet

Out on the terrace
We breathe in the air of this small town
On our own cuttin’ class for the thrill of it
Getting drunk on the past we were livin’ in

Chorus
If we go down then we go down together

They’ll say you could do anything
They’ll say that I was clever
If we go down then we go down together
We’ll get away with everything
Let’s show them we are better

Post-Chorus
Let’s show them we are

Show them we are
Show them we are
Show them we are
Let’s show them we are better
We were staying in Paris
Let’s show them we are better
Let’s show them we are
Show them we are
Show them we are
Show them we are
Let’s show them we are better

Chorus
If we go down then we go down together

They’ll say you could do anything
They’ll say that I was clever
If we go down then we go down together
We’ll get away with everything
Let’s show them we are better

Bridge
We were staying in Paris (if we go down)

We were staying in Paris (if we go down)
We were staying in Paris (if we go down)
We were staying in Paris (if we go down)
Let’s show them we are better
We were staying in Paris

Outro
Let’s show them we are better

Let’s show them we are better
If we go down
Let’s show them we are better
If we go down
Let’s show them we are better
If we go down
Let’s show them we are better
Let’s show them we are better

Okay, so first, you guys are probably wondering why I think this song is better when 85% of the song is repetition of the same shit over and over.

Here’s my answer: the lyrics in this song aren’t confusing like they were in “Closer”.

Maybe I get confused more easily than others, but I think this song has much more clarity than “Closer” despite having more repetition of the hook.

Look at the verses. For one, I am super impressed that they thought to rhyme “parents” with “Paris”. That is some nifty writing right there. The message of the first verse is clear, saying hey, we’re getting away from your parents, and I won’t let you fall down alone. And then they go into the chorus, which is all about ha, let’s show them we are better off without them.

Then we go into the second verse, where it again starts like the first verse, but takes us someplace different, showing us how this couple is faring for themselves without parental guidance. We’re in scene in this second verse, which I talked about in last week’s post about Ed’s song “Happier”, which makes the song so much better because of the visual details.

I also love that they got in the line, “You look so proud standing there with a frown and a cigarette/ Posting pictures of yourself on the Internet,” which I think is super fucking (Sorry, Mom) clever because again, the rhyming of cigarettes and Internet is so subtle that it works.

The whole song super simple, and I think the simplicity and small subtleties of this song is what makes it work so much better than “Closer”. Also, it’s just as catchy as “Closer,” so kudos guys. The Chainsmokers are killing it at writing super catchy fucking (Sorry, Mom) songs.

Okay, I’m done with my spiel. The Chainsmokers’s “Paris” is better than “Closer” and that’s a fact. Okay, not an actual fact just my opinion, but still.

Now, go and listen to both these songs because I’m sure that’s what you really want to do now.

Peace,

Brittney ❤

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