"Leave It Alone" is an intense and poignant track where Hayley Williams reflects on personal loss. In late 2018, the Paramore frontwoman's 80-year-old grandmother fell down a set of stairs. She suffered from head trauma and Williams feared her Nan would die. Though she improved, the accident caused the songstress to think deeply about life and love.
"I just thought, 'What is the point of loving people?'" she recalled to Zane Lowe on Beats 1
. "In the best case scenario is I fall in love, we have a life together, and then we lose one or the other. The more you love, the more you stand to lose."
Williams decided to write a song with the band's bassist Joey Howard as a way of coping. It became the first song written for her Petals For Armor