Caught in the Middle
Paramore Lyrics


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I can't think of getting old
It only makes me want to die
And I can't think of who I was
'Cause it just makes me want to cry, cry, cry, cry
Can't look back, can't look too far ahead
You got the point, you got the message

I'm just a little bit caught in the middle
I try to keep going but it's not that simple
I think I'm a little bit caught in the middle
I gotta keep going or they'll call me a quitter
Yeah, I'm caught in the middle

I was dreaming life away
All the while just going blind
Can't see the forest for the trees
Behind the lids of my own eyes
Nostalgia's cool, but it won't help me now
A dream is good (don't wear it out)
If you don't wear it out

And I'm just a little bit caught in the middle
I try to keep going but it's not that simple
I think I'm a little bit caught in the middle
I gotta keep going or they'll call me a quitter
Yeah, I'm caught in the middle

No, I don't need no help
I can sabotage me by myself
I don't need no one else
I can sabotage me by myself
I don't need no help
I can sabotage me by myself
Don't need no one else
I can sabotage me by myself
I don't need no help
I can sabatoge me by myself
Don't need no one else
I can sabotage me by myself
I don't need no help
I can sabatoge me by myself
Don't need no one else
I can sabotage me by myself

And I'm just a little bit caught in the middle
I try to keep going but it's not that simple
I think I'm a little bit caught in the middle
Gotta keep going or they'll call me a quitter
Yeah I'm caught in the middle





I'm caught in the middle

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Paramore's "Caught in the Middle" delve into the struggles and emotions that come with the uncertainty and confusion that often accompany growing up and navigating through life's challenges. The song expresses a conflict between feeling trapped in the middle of two extremes, unable to fully embrace the past or face the future.


The opening lines convey a sense of despair and a fear of aging. The singer is overwhelmed by the thought of getting older, as it makes them contemplate their past selves and brings forth a wave of sadness. The repetition of the phrase "cry, cry, cry, cry" emphasizes the depth of these emotions.


The chorus reveals the core theme of the song, as the singer acknowledges their state of being "caught in the middle." They admit that despite their efforts to keep moving forward, it is not an easy task. The fear of being labeled a "quitter" adds pressure to their struggle, possibly reflecting societal expectations and the fear of failure.


The second verse suggests a detachment from reality, as the singer describes losing themselves in daydreams, unaware of the dangers or challenges that lie ahead. The metaphor of not being able to see the "forest for the trees" signifies their inability to see the bigger picture due to their inward focus. The line "nostalgia's cool, but it won't help me now" implies that dwelling on the past won't provide them with the guidance or strength they need.


The bridge of the song conveys a sense of self-sabotage and a stubborn desire to face challenges alone. The repetition of the phrase "I don't need no help" suggests a resistance to relying on others, even if it means their own self-destruction. This could be a reflection of a fear of vulnerability or a belief that they must bear the weight of their struggles alone.


Ultimately, the repetition of the chorus throughout the song reaffirms the sentiment of being caught in the middle, torn between the past and the future, and feeling pressured to keep pushing forward despite the difficulties.


Line by Line Meaning

I can't think of getting old
The idea of growing older is overwhelming and depressing for me


It only makes me want to die
The thought of getting older fills me with so much despair that it feels like dying is a better option


And I can't think of who I was
Reflecting on my past self brings so much sadness and frustration


'Cause it just makes me want to cry, cry, cry, cry
Remembering who I used to be brings an overwhelming flood of emotions that make me want to cry uncontrollably


Can't look back, can't look too far ahead
I feel stuck in the present moment and find it difficult to reflect on the past or plan for the future


You got the point, you got the message
I hope you understand the struggles I'm going through and the emotions I'm trying to convey


I'm just a little bit caught in the middle
I feel trapped and unsure in my current situation


I try to keep going but it's not that simple
I make an effort to continue moving forward, but it's much more challenging than it seems


I think I'm a little bit caught in the middle
I believe I am stuck and torn between conflicting emotions and circumstances


I gotta keep going or they'll call me a quitter
If I stop trying or give up, others will judge me and label me as a failure


Yeah, I'm caught in the middle
Yes, I am truly trapped and uncertain about which direction to take


I was dreaming life away
I spent so much time daydreaming and not actively engaging in the realities of life


All the while just going blind
While lost in my dreams, I failed to see the truth and reality of my circumstances


Can't see the forest for the trees
I am unable to fully comprehend the bigger picture or see the overall situation clearly


Behind the lids of my own eyes
The barriers to my understanding and awareness lie within my own mind


Nostalgia's cool, but it won't help me now
Reflecting on the past may bring comfort, but it won't provide a solution or guidance in my current predicament


A dream is good (don't wear it out)
Having aspirations and dreams is positive and motivating, but it's important not to rely solely on them


If you don't wear it out
As long as you don't exhaust yourself or become solely focused on the dream without taking action


No, I don't need no help
I don't require assistance or support from others


I can sabotage me by myself
I am capable of sabotaging my own progress and success without any external interference


Don't need no one else
I don't rely on anyone else to hinder my own growth and development


I can sabotage me by myself
I am fully capable of hindering my own progress and getting in my own way


And I'm just a little bit caught in the middle
Once again, I find myself in a state of confusion and uncertainty


Gotta keep going or they'll call me a quitter
If I don't continue pushing forward, others will label me as someone who gives up easily


Yeah I'm caught in the middle
Indeed, I'm trapped and torn between conflicting emotions and expectations


I'm caught in the middle
To reiterate, I am truly stuck and unable to make progress or make a clear decision




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Hayley Nichole Williams, Taylor York

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@brookebindon1949

There is no other song in the world I relate to more. 'Caught in the Middle' captures how it feels to be scared of the future and disappointed in the past. Sometimes we spend too much time dreaming about life that we don't actually live in reality.

@petals4jk

Brooke Bindon fucking preach man! ❤️

@salma-amlas

Same. This is like "brick by boring brick" but older...

@hibye-by3yb

@@lost8734 yeah I end up daydreaming away most of my days

@Sophia-xn9nt

Well said

@sebastianmartin8665

Damn, this is a perfect comment

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@ghostfacedkilla8216

"I can sabotage me by myself" Ain't that the truth

@mariellyevelazquez7813

I FELT THAT

@noelr8929

And ain't it fun

@sunkenblueskies9374

I FEEL SO ATTACKED

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