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The Only Exception
Paramore Lyrics


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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 mama 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, darling, you are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception

Well, 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

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, oh

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

Overall Meaning

The opening of "The Only Exception" by Paramore sets the stage for an emotionally charged song about love, broken hearts, and the challenges of relationships. The lyrics describe a personal history of witnessing the cycles of love, love lost, and parental disillusionment. The first verse portrays a young child's experience of seeing their dad cry and lose faith in love after a heartbreak. The second verse describes a young woman's attempt to find comfort and contentment in a solitary life, guarded from the potential pain of breaking her heart. The bridge shifts from a place of reluctance towards love to a realization that the only exception to this rule is the person with whom the singer is currently in love.


What is striking about this song is the depiction of love and relationships as both beautiful and terrifying. The lyrics highlight the contradictory nature of love that exists both in the pain of heartbreak and also in the joy of blissful love. The final verse provides a sense of hope, despite the continuous cycle of love and heartbreak. The singer is on her way to believing that this time, love could be the one exception to a long-standing history of heartbreak and disappointment.


Line by Line Meaning

When I was younger
In my childhood years


I saw my daddy cry
I witnessed my father shedding tears


And curse at the wind
And yell at the air in frustration


He broke his own heart
He caused himself emotional pain


And I watched
And I observed


As he tried to reassemble it
As he attempted to put it back together


And my momma swore
My mother made a vow


That she would never let herself forget
That she would always remember


And that was the day that I promised
And that was when I made a pledge


I'd never sing of love
To never express my feelings of love


If it does not exist, but darlin'
Unless, my dear


You are, the only exception
You are the one and only


While you are, the only exception
As long as you remain unique


While you are, the only exception
While you stay as the sole anomaly


While you are, the only exception
As long as you remain the exception


While maybe I know, somewhere
Although I may understand, deep within


Deep in my soul
In the depths of my being


That love never lasts
That love is fleeting


And we've got to find other ways
And we must discover alternative solutions


To make it alone
To cope with solitude


Or keep a straight face
Or put on a brave front


And I've always lived like this
I have always existed in this state


And Keeping it comfortable, distance
And maintaining comfortable distance


And up until now
And until recently


I had sworn to myself that I'm content
I had promised myself to be satisfied


With loneliness
With being alone


Because none of it was ever worth the risk
Because none of it was worth the potential harm


I've got a tight grip on reality
I am firmly grounded in reality


But I can't let go of what's in front of me here
But I cannot release what's present here


I know your leaving in the morning, when you wake up
I am aware that you'll depart tomorrow, as you awaken


Leave me with some kind of proof it's not a dream, oh
Provide evidence that this is not just a fantasy, oh


And I'm on my way to believing
And I am starting to believe


Oh, and I'm on my way to believing
Oh, and I am starting to believe




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Joshua Neil Farro, Hayley Nichole Williams

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@katialmarines3009

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 darling, you are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
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
But you are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
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
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
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



LYRIC ❤
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 darling, you are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
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
But you are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
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
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
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



@Natei

This was mine and my ex girlfriends song. We both didn't really look for love, because from what we had seen in the past it didn't seem like it was a good option. Then we both met each other.
I had the most wonderful 4 years of my life.
And then it broke down, "maybe i know somewhere deep in my soul, love never lasts"
We always knew.
Love does last, relationships with the wrong people don't. She was my exception. I have stayed single since, shes been with people, And I want her to be happy more than anything.
I guess really what I'm saying is, love even when you aren't loved. spread positivity. It'll come back to you. I might have a hard time dealing with this, but I'm blessed with much more in life. Life is a roller coaster, you might as well throw your hands in the air and scream, cry and laugh. Got to enjoy the ride, the line is too long to have another go.

EDIT:

Wow, I came back and realised I had many messages youtube just hadn't shown me. I'm so glad you all resonate with what I say. I think its even more important in a frightning world we currently live in. I'm getting better all the time, and growing. I sometimes hear this song and think of that time again, and I have a smile on my face. It was great time in my life and I'll never forget it.

I'm on my way to believing.



@janayawiles1263

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 darling,
You are the only exception.
You are the only exception.
You are the only exception.
You are the only exception.

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 have 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.

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.
Oh-oh-oh-ohhh.

You are the only exception. [4x]

You are the only exception. [4x]

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



@GiangNguyen-xc8iq

The lyrics for who need it ^^

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 darling, you are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception

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

But you are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
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

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



@jlogg8738

Heres the Lyrics, incase you wanted to sing along like I do

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

Maybe I know, somewhere
Deep in my soul
That love never lasts
And we've got to find other ways
To make it alone
But 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

But, you are, the only exception
You are, the only exception
You are, the only exception
You are, the only exception

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

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

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.



All comments from YouTube:

@fluffypenguins5253

It's crazy how we are listening to these songs again as different people,

@devynselnes4282

It always is

@claidermadrid9400

@@devynselnes4282 no se tú, yo sigo siendo el mismo.

@fuaneburoo

are you really going to copy-paste this fckng comment in every song on youtube????

@jesse85

For real I was such an emo I’d listen to this song and cry about a crush I didn’t even have.

@wtfastra

holy SHIT stop clout chasing

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@ramengod20

imagine being someone's only exception.

@urmomlovesme811

cheesegrits same

@ouidarin6651

nope im single af

@myaaguilar1915

Same

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