Leave It Alone (Hayley Williams song)

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"Leave It Alone"
Close-up photo of a green eye with soft pink make-up, flower petals, and gauze around it.
Single by Hayley Williams
from the EP Petals for Armor I and the album Petals for Armor
ReleasedJanuary 30, 2020 (2020-01-30)
RecordedEarly 2019[1]
Producer(s)Taylor York
Hayley Williams singles chronology
"Leave It Alone"
Music video
"Leave It Alone" on YouTube

"Leave It Alone" is a song by American singer-songwriter and Paramore front-woman Hayley Williams. It was released on January 30, 2020 by Atlantic Records for digital download and to streaming platforms and serves as the second single for Williams' debut solo EP, Petals for Armor I. The song was written by Williams and Joseph Howard and was produced by Taylor York.


On January 22, 2020, Williams announced her debut solo EP, Petals for Armor I, its release date and released its lead single, "Simmer", accompanied with its music video.[3] Williams released a music video, entitled "Simmer Interlude", which teased a sequel video to "Simmer" would follow-up its music video.[4]

Upon its release, in a statement accompanying the album’s announcement, Williams said the project "benefited from a little bit of musical naïveté and rawness" and said it was the product of experimentation. "I'm excited to let people in to experience a different side of myself that I've only very recently become familiar with," she added.[5]


"Leave It Alone" was written by Hayley Williams and Joseph "Joey" Howard while production was handled by Taylor York. The track runs 89 BPM and is in the key of D minor.[6] The song's production has been compared to the works of Radiohead.[7] It has been labeled an indie pop and dark pop song.[8]

Music video[]

The music video for "Leave It Alone" was directed by Warren Fu and serves as a sequel to its predecessor "Simmer".[9] It premiered on the same day as the single's release.[9] Another music video, "Leave It Alone Interlude", premiered on February 3, 2020.[10]

Release history[]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States January 30, 2020 [11]


  1. ^ "Hayley Williams" – via Facebook.
  2. ^ "Watch: Hayley Williams wakes up in a cocoon in video for new track 'Leave It Alone'". Indie88.
  3. ^ "Paramore's Hayley Williams Goes Solo With 'Petals For Armor,' Shares Seething Single". NPR.org.
  4. ^ "Hayley Williams Transforms in Horror-Inspired 'Simmer Interlude' Video: Watch". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Listen to Paramore's Hayley Williams' New Song "Leave It Alone"". Pitchfork.
  6. ^ "Key and BPM of Leave It Alone by Hayley Williams | Musicstax". musicstax.com.
  7. ^ "Hayley Williams shares another new track, 'Leave It Alone'". DIY Magazine. January 30, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  8. ^ "Hayley Williams shares delicate new single 'Leave It Alone' – listen". NME. January 30, 2020.
  9. ^ Jump up to: a b "Hayley Williams - Leave It Alone [Official Music Video]" – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "Hayley Williams - Leave It Alone Interlude [Official Music Video]" – via YouTube.
  11. ^ "Leave It Alone - Single by Hayley Williams" – via music.apple.com.
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