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Rina Sawayama - Paradisin'

[Intro]
Paradisin'
Livin' my best life thrivin'
Drivin' you cra-a-a-a-azy
Paradisin'
Livin' my best life thrivin'
You say I'm misbehavin'
But I'm just a kid, so save it
Let me have an unforgettable time of my life

[Verse 1]
I went and messed up again
Went against everything you said
Summer of drinking in Trafalgar Square, yeah, yeah
Then you threaten to send me to
Boarding school for the seventh time
I know we can't afford that, so I'm fine

[Pre-Chorus 1]
Though I'm stuck in the middle of it all
Isn't life so, life so beautiful?

[Chorus]
Paradisin'
Livin' my best life thrivin'
Drivin' you cra-a-a-a-azy
Paradisin'
Livin' my best life thrivin'
You say I'm misbehavin'
But I'm just a kid, so save it
Let me have an unforgettable time of my life

“Paradisin'” entices the atmosphere of a Japanese video game arcade. Rina discusses how she’s living her best life in paradise with her friends and family through nostalgic tales from her childhood. "I wanted to write a theme song for a TV show. Like if my life, my teenage years, was like a TV show, then what would be the soundtrack, the opening credits? It really reminded me of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and that kind of fast BPM you’d get in the ’80s. I think it’s at 130 or 140 BPM. I was really wild when I was a teenager, and that sense of adventure comes from a production like that. There’s a bit in the song where my mum’s telling me off, but that’s actually my voice. I realized that if I pitched my voice down, I sound exactly like my mum." "This song is about my wild teenage years, the time of my life that I had the most fun and also found my love of music as a form of escape. My mum and I had the WORST relationship and evading her felt like a computer game." – Rina Sawayama, Avex "In my early teens, I was so fucking hormonal. My parents were recently separated, so I had a lot of anger. The song “Paradisin’” is based on a true story—I would go out, and my mum would hack into my MSN and talk to my friends and be like, “Where the fuck is Rina?” One time I lied to her and said I was going to a sleepover but I was actually going to an after-party with this band I was a groupie of. I think I was 15. My mum somehow found out which hotel the band was staying in, called the hotel, and demanded to speak to the manager of the band. Then the manager had to call the band and be like, “What the fuck are you doing? That girl is 15, I’m on the phone with her mum right now.” They shoved me into a taxi, and my mum did not speak to me for a week. She always threatened to send me to boarding school, but we could never afford it." – Rina Sawayama, Pitchfork

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