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Paramore – The Only Exception lyrics

{Verse 1}
When I was younger
I saw my daddy cry
And curse at the wind
He broke his own heart
And I watched
As he tried to reassemble it
And my momma swore that
She would never let herself forget

And that was the day that I promised
I'd never sing of love
If it does not exist

But darlin'

You are the only exception!
You are the only exception!
You are the only exception!
You are the only exception

{Verse 2}
Maybe I know, somewhere
Deep in my soul
That love never lasts
And we've got to find other ways
To make it alone
Or keep a straight face

And I've always lived like this
Keeping a comfortable, distance
And up until now
I had sworn to myself that I'm content
With loneliness

Because none of it was ever worth the risk, well

You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception

{Instrumental and Drums}

I've got a tight grip on reality, but I can't
Let go of what's in front of me here
I know you're leaving in the morning, when you wake up
Leave me with some kind of proof it's not a dream
Ooh Ooh

You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception

And I'm on my way to believing
Oh, and I'm on my way to believing

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  • t
    I think it's about a girl who always thought when she would fall in love, it would end like her parents. So she thinks she just won't love anyone then. So, she finally thinks it over, and finds out "Ya know. I really love him. And if he feels the same, why would there be any problem?" So she decides she will do what she wants to do. And that is love the one person she wants to love, and she will not follow her parents.
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  • b
    Simply. She saw her parents lose love. And she'd never sing about it if it didn't exist. She's tired of being lonely but only one person is worth taking the risk. But deep down she thinks that love doesn't exist. And she knows that once they're done hanging out. When she wakes up he'll be gone. Because that's simply how guys are. But now she's on her way to believing that love exists b/c maybe he didn't leave in the morning.
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  • t
    This song is about a girl who has been hurt not only by past loves/boyfriends, but by every day life as a teenager or younger kid growing up. She is afraid to let herself feel again after being hurt so many times but has met a guy who makes her feel as if he is worth the risk to open herself, her heart up to accept that love really does exist and that there is reason to believe that you can love someone without being hurt.
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  • m
    I am 61 years old and basically I am the daddy in that song. I have cursed, cried, and there is no way to reassemble a heart once it is thoroughly and deeply broken. This song made me cry the first time I heard it because it is so true. I'm keeping a straight face and making it but it isn't the same. The rest of you -- don't settle for false promises, pretty faces who are only looking out for themselves and can't understand what you are about -- but when that one exception comes around grab and hold onto it/her/him until your knuckles turn white. It's the only way to make it through and even then it won't be without heartbreak, just a little better because you lived true to yourself.
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  • m
    Obviously, something happened when she was younger that made the girl not want to have anything to do w/love, in fear that she would undergo the same situation. And though she believes that love is not worth the pain, she finds that one person for whom she's willing to give it a shot, hence "the only exception." and because of him, she's on her way to believing in love (:
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