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The Chainsmokers – Paris

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?"

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

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, cutting class for the thrill of it
Getting drunk on the past we were living in

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, show them we are
Let's 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
Let's show them we are, show them we are
Let's show them we are better

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

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
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

Interpretation of Paris by The Chainsmokers

The band has revealed that "Paris" does not refer directly to the city, but to state of mind, in which life seems easy. It is a song about the longing for a reality that is not real; A fantasy of daydreams and nostalgia. The song is about escaping the emptiness of reality and imagining being at a different place with someone else. Moreover, in an interview it was said that Paris has been written from the perspective of a drug-addicted friend.


Paris is presented as a metaphor for a perfect place. The song tells the story of a young couple who landed in Paris to get away from their parents. They have a firm bond with each other, which becomes clear in the lines "If we go down, then we go down together". The words "We'll get away with everything" or "Let's show them we are better" also point to a very naive perception of the persons discussed and a distorted interpretation of reality. The band points to the emptiness and insanity of people of their age class. The young people, on whom the song relates, have difficulties to become independent and to deal with the unpleasant aspects of life. To this end, they construct an alternative reality, in which they flee now and then. Only together can they get the impression that they are better than everyone else.


The song can thus be interpreted as a story from the world of thought of an addicted man and his girlfriend. On the other hand, "Paris" can refer to us personally. To master a difficult situation, we may have longed for our personal "Paris". Despite taking reality into account, this trick can help us to regain hope.

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