All I Wanted
Paramore Lyrics


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Think of me when you're out, when you're out there
I'll beg you nice from my knees
And when the world treats you way too fairly
Well, it's a shame I'm a dream

All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
I think I'll pace my apartment a few times
And fall asleep on the couch
And wake up early to black-and-white reruns
That escaped from my mouth (oh, oh)

All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you

I could follow you to the beginning
Just to relive the start
And maybe then we'd remember to slow down
At all of our favorite parts

All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you




All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "All I Wanted" by Paramore express a yearning for an unrequited love. The first verse reads, "Think of me when you're out, when you're out there. I'll beg you nice from my knees. And when the world treats you way too fairly, well it's a shame I'm a dream." These lines demonstrate the singer's desperation to be thought of by their loved one, to beg on their knees for attention, but feeling inadequate compared to the rest of the world who treats them with more fairness. They feel as though they are not enough for their love interest.


The chorus repeats the line, "All I wanted was you," highlighting the singer's singular focus on this one person in their life. They are consumed by their love for this person and cannot seem to forget or let go of them.


In the second verse, the singer admits to pacing their apartment and falling asleep on the couch, indicating their restlessness and inability to relax because of their unfulfilled desire. They mention waking up to black and white re-runs that "escaped from their mouth," which may signify the singer's tendency to reminisce about the past or replay scenarios in their head.


The final verse expresses a willingness to start over and relive the beginning of the relationship with the hope of being able to slow down and savor the precious moments with their love interest. However, the chorus repeats again, signifying that despite the possibility of a fresh start, the singer still only wants this one person in their life.


Overall, "All I Wanted" captures the intense feelings of infatuation and longing for a love that may not be reciprocated, highlighting the power of unrequited love to take over one's thoughts and emotions.


Line by Line Meaning

Think of me when you're out, when you're out there
Remember me even when you're not around me


I'll beg you nice from my knees
I'll humbly ask you for what I want


And when the world treats you way too fairly
When life is too kind to you


Well it's a shame I'm a dream
It's unfortunate that I'm just a figment of your imagination


All I wanted was you
You're all I ever wanted


I think I'll pace my apartment a few times
I'll walk back and forth in my home out of frustration


And fall asleep on the couch
I'll succumb to fatigue on the sofa


Wake up early to black and white re-runs
I'll wake up early to watch old TV shows


That escaped from my mouth
That I can barely recall saying


I could follow you to the beginning
I'd go back with you to the start of our relationship


And just to relive the start
Just to experience it again


And maybe then we'll remember to slow down
And perhaps we'll learn to take things at a gentler pace


At all of our favorite parts
During all the moments that are most special to us




Lyrics © Capitol CMG Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Hayley Williams, Taylor York

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@NatashaLaJolie

Lyrics for those of you who want them:
(Verse 1)
Think of me when you're out, when you're out there
I'll beg you nice from my knees
And when the world treats you way too fairly
Well, it's a shame I'm a dream
(Chorus)
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
(Verse 2)
I think I'll pace my apartment a few times
And fall asleep on the couch
And wake up early to black-and-white reruns
That escaped from my mouth (oh, oh)
(Chorus)
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
(Verse 3)
I could follow you to the beginning
Just to relive the start
And maybe then we'd remember to slow down
At all of our favorite parts
(Chorus)
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you



@irlGlitches

There's so many very hurt people dedicating this to their parents in the comments, and while it makes me sad, it also makes me so angry.
All I want is a child to love, and it simply will not happen for me. The fact that so many parents are so awful to their children it's...infuriating.

From an not mom to her comment section children:


I'm so sorry, love. You deserved better.
Hurt people can love harder than those with no scars on their hearts, and this pain presents you with a gift.
You are capable of a great kindness that you might even surprise yourself with.

You can do great things, and accomplish anything if you work really hard and never stop believing you can.

I'm proud of the art you bring into the world, be it music, drawing, or even being a good friend, or a kind stranger.

I'm proud of you. I'm proud of how far you've come.

Be kind, but also to yourself.



@MrLnmolnar

here after a breakup, we just broke up today. she broke up with me a day after we tried coming to a compromise for how our relationship would work out.

she wasnt putting in much effort towards the relationship, meanwhile i gave my all. the next day, at about 3 pm, so randomly she sent me a breakup text.
she said i loved immaturely, and that she did give me what i needed, but she really didn't, and i wasnt immature.
she said i wasnt ready for a relationship, meanwhile she was too busy to even commit to ours. how ironic, right?

i really wanted me and her to work out, i was willing to do everything.
she feels no remorse, meanwhile i feel like I'm too hard to love, and that i never will be.

all i wanted was you.



@bruja71

Think of me when you're out, when you're out there
I'll beg you nice from my knees
And when the world treats you way too fairly
Well it's a shame I'm a dream
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
I think I'll pace my apartment a few times
And fall asleep on the couch
Wake up early to black and white re-runs?
That escaped from my mouth
Oh, oh
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
I could follow you to the beginning
And just to relive the start
And maybe then we'll remember to slow down
At all of our favorite parts
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you



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@star-ng8cl

I dedicated this song to my mom who abused me my whole life, turned to drugs, then threw me to the streets-giving me 5 min to pack- when I was 19 with my pet dog, cat, and snake.

Now I'm 20 living in a house with a roommate. My dog and cat are spoiled rotten, my snake has food stocked up for the next year, and I finally have some peace. My cupboards are full and so are my pets' food dishes.

@anoushka171

i'm glad you're better. that's the beauty of life i guess. being able to lift yourself up and keep going :)

@star-ng8cl

@@anoushka171 much appreciated😁

@lesliethefrogo3o344

Damn I'm glad you're doing better and I'm sorry your mom was like that I hope you have a good day/afternoon/night don't forget to drink water and eat something healthy 💖 alrighty I'm going to sleep now oh yeah don't forget to go to sleep at a normal ish time (ps don't be like me staying up till 3:52am drinking soda)

@star-ng8cl

@@lesliethefrogo3o344 I hope you rested well☺

@lesliethefrogo3o344

@@star-ng8cl I did thank you 😊 it was pretty nice and I got most of my axe prop done for Halloween so I'm pretty happy now.... how are you? Did you ever drink any water/eat any food? Also tell your pets I said hi (I want a pet snake in the future)

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@hjshea

When you break up with your only exception

@sabhyata2655

this hits differently after her divorce

@5HITBOX

@@sabhyata2655

All I want was youuuuu...... to leave 😂 divorce suck when the love runs out.

@notyourdaughter666

Oh ouch...

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