Decode
Paramore Lyrics


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How can I decide what's right
When you're clouding up my mind?
I can't win your losing fight
All the time
Nor could I ever own what's mine
When you're always taking sides
But you won't take away my pride
No, not this time
Not this time

How did we get here?
Well, I used to know you so well
But how did we get here?
Well, I think I know

The truth is hiding in your eyes
And it's hanging on your tongue
Just boiling in my blood
But you think that I can't see
What kind of man that you are
If you're a man at all
Well, I will figure this one out

On my own
(I'm screaming, I love you so)
On my own
(But my thoughts you can't decode)

Well, how did we get here?
Well, I used to know you so well
Yeah, how did we get here?
Well, I think I know

Do you see what we've done?
We've gone and made such fools of ourselves
Do you see what we've done?
We've gone and made such fools of ourselves

Yeah, yeah

How did we get here?
Well, I used to know you so well, yeah, yeah, yeah
Well, how did we get here?
Well, I used to know you so well

I think I know
I think I know




Oh, there is something I see in you
It might kill me, I want it to be true

Overall Meaning

The song “Decode” by Paramore explores the complexity of a relationship that has changed over time, leaving the singer feeling lost and confused. The lyrics are written in a way that reveals a struggle to understand and come to grips with the changes happening in the relationship. The lines, “How can I decide what's right? When you're clouding up my mind” suggest a sense of being trapped and unable to move forward. The singer acknowledges that there is an issue in the relationship and that it is causing them distress, but they are unable to pinpoint what that issue is. The lines “How did we get here, when I used to know you so well?” suggest that the relationship has changed beyond recognition, and that the singer is desperate to understand why.


The second half of the song sees the singer become more resolved and determined to find answers for themselves. The lines “What kind of man that you are, if you're a man at all, well I will figure this one out on my own” suggest a need for independence and a willingness to take control of the situation. The concluding lines “It might kill me, I want it to be true” allude to the idea that the singer is willing to give everything for the relationship, even if it causes them pain.


Overall, the song is a powerful exploration of the challenges of a relationship that has undergone change. The lyrics are written in a way that suggests a sense of confusion and frustration, but also a willingness to fight for what is important.


Line by Line Meaning

How can I decide what's right?
I find it hard to make the right choices when you constantly confuse me.


When you're clouding up my mind
You always make it hard for me to think straight.


I can't win your losing fight
No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to win against you.


All the time
This happens all the time.


Nor could I ever own what's mine
I can't even possess things that I rightfully own when you always take sides against me.


When you're always taking sides
You always take sides and never listen to my perspective.


But you won't take away my pride
Despite everything, I won't let you bring me down.


No, not this time
This time, I won't let you bring me down.


How did we get here
I am confused about how our relationship got to this point.


When I used to know you so well?
I used to know you inside out, so how did we get here?


The truth is hiding in your eyes
You're hiding something from me and I can see it in your eyes.


And it's hanging on your tongue
Whatever you're hiding is right on the tip of your tongue, and you're not saying it.


Just boiling in my blood
I can feel my frustration building up inside me.


But you think that I can't see
You think you're being sneaky, but I can see right through you.


What kind of man that you are
I'm not even sure what kind of person you truly are.


If you're a man at all
I don't even know if you can be considered a man based on your actions.


Well, I will figure this one out
I will find out the truth about you, even if it takes me some time.


On my own (I'm screaming, I love you so)
I'm trying to figure things out on my own, but I still have intense feelings for you.


On my own (but my thoughts you can't decode)
I'm going through this process on my own, and there's no way you can understand what I'm thinking or feeling right now.


Do you see what we've done?
Do you realize what we've gotten ourselves into?


We're gonna make such fools of ourselves
We're going to end up looking like complete fools.


Yeah, yeah
Yes, it's true.


I think I know, I think I know
I have a feeling that I know the truth about our situation.


There is something I see in you
There's something about you that I can't quite put my finger on.


It might kill me, I want it to be true
Whatever it is that I see in you, it's something that I'm willing to die for, even if it's not good for me.




Lyrics © Capitol CMG Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Hayley Nichole Williams, Joshua Neil Farro, Taylor Benjamin York

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@ImagineTEJ

How can I decide what's right?
When you're clouding up my mind
I can't win your losing fight
All the time
Nor could I ever own what's mine
When you're always taking sides
But you won't take away my pride

No, not this time
Not this time

How did we get here
When I used to know you so well?
How did we get here?
Well, I think I know

The truth is hiding in your eyes
And it's hanging on your tongue
Just boiling in my blood
But you think that I can't see
What kind of man that you are
If you're a man at all
Well, I will figure this one out

On my own
(I'm screaming, I love you so)
On my own
(But my thoughts you can't decode)

How did we get here?
When I used to know you so well?
Yeah, how did we get here?
Well, I think I know

Do you see what we've done?
We're gonna make such fools of ourselves
Do you see what we've done?
We're gonna make such fools of ourselves

Yeah, yeah

How did we get here
When I used to know you so well? Yeah
How did we get here
When I used to know you so well?

I think I know
I think I know

There is something I see in you
It might kill me, I want it to be true



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@milesl217

Paramore playing for twilight, the most 2000’s thing possible

@luizhenriquepaes8991

Great times for music

@radvids9121

Best comment 🤣

@itskaitlin-on3ky

Still gonna be watching in 20 years

@carmenkaylajasmine4667

Yeah I finally watched Twilight 😍 Like a few months ago with my friends. I'm always so busy working on my music I hardly watch movies.

@carmenkaylajasmine4667

@@itskaitlin-on3ky Yeah me too!

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@shesaballer35

Science says that when people are experiencing anxiety and depression they revert back to things that are familiar that reminds them of better times. Hello everyone, happy 2020

@claudiaguzman6348

thanks for calling us out🥰

@missdangerrchannel7078

That reminds me of the adolescence I did not have. I liked to imagine myself as Bella and live a romance with this handsome guy by reading the books. Meanwhile, I desguised my wishes and my homossexuality in order to people not notice anithing.

@joserojas9283

and now I know why I hunger for things that make me feel nostalgic...

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