Fences
Paramore Lyrics


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I'm sitting in a room
Made up of only big white walls
And in the halls
There are people looking through the window and the door
They know exactly what we're here for
Don't look up, just let them think
There's no place else you'd rather be
You're always on display
For everyone to watch and learn from
Don't you know by now
You can't turn back
Because this road is all you'll ever have

And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
Just living proof that the camera's lying
And oh, oh open wide
'Cause this is your night, so smile
'Cause you'll go out in style
You'll go out in style

If you let me I could
I'd show you how to build your fences
Set restrictions
Separate from the world
The constant battle that you hate to fight
Just blame the limelight

Don't look up just let them think
There's no place else you'd rather be in now
You can't turn back
Because this road is all you'll ever have

And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
Just living proof that the camera's lying
And oh, oh open wide
Cause this is your night, so smile

Yeah, yeah you're asking for it
With every breath that you breathe in
Just breathe it in
Yeah, yeah well you're just a mess
You do all this big talking
So now let's see you walking
I said let's see you walking

Yeah, yeah well you're just a mess
You do all this big talking
So now let's see you walking
I said let's see you walking

And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
Just living proof that the camera's lying
And oh, oh open wide
Yeah oh, oh open wide
Yeah oh, oh open wide




'Cause you'll go out in style
You'll go out in style

Overall Meaning

"Fences" by Paramore is a song that speaks about being watched and examined by the world outside of ourselves. The song begins with the singer sitting in a room made up of only big white walls, with people looking through the window and door. These people know exactly why the singer is there, and the singer advises to not look up and let them think there is no place else you'd rather be. The main idea is that the singer is always on display, and their life is meant to serve as a lesson for others to watch and learn from. However, the singer knows that the camera's image is lying, and it's obvious that they are dying.


The chorus of the song speaks to the singer's inner turmoil as they encourage themselves to open wide and smile on this specific night. The night is significant because it serves as the singer's final performance. The repeated line of "you'll go out in style" serves as a reminder that despite everything, the singer will not go quietly. In the second verse, the singer addresses someone else and offers to teach them how to build their fences and separate themselves from the world - blaming the limelight as the source of constant battle and struggle. The song ends with the repeated chorus, calling for an open smile on this night, as the singer goes out in style.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm sitting in a room
The singer is describing their physical location in a room with big white walls.


Made up of only big white walls
The room the singer is in is characterized by its white walls, which suggests sterility and a lack of emotional warmth.


And in the halls
The singer is indicating that there are other people outside the room, presumably watching them through the windows and doors.


There are people looking through the window and the door
The people outside are actively spying on or observing the singer and others in the room.


They know exactly what we're here for
The people outside the room are aware of the purpose or reason for the singer and their companions being in the room.


Don't look up, just let them think
The singer is advising their companions not to acknowledge or react to the people watching them - instead, they should allow them to continue to speculate and wonder.


There's no place else you'd rather be
Despite feeling trapped in this sterile room, the singer believes that there is nowhere else their companions would rather be.


You're always on display
The singer is warning their companions that they are constantly being watched and scrutinized by outsiders.


For everyone to watch and learn from
The people outside the room are observing and taking note of the behavior of the singer and their companions.


Don't you know by now
The singer is expressing frustration at their companions for not being aware of the situation they are in and the scrutiny they are under.


You can't turn back
The singer is recognizing that their companions are trapped in this situation and cannot easily free themselves from it.


Because this road is all you'll ever have
The singer suggests that their companions have no other options or paths available to them.


And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
The singer is acknowledging that the constant scrutiny and pressure may be taking a toll on their companions, perhaps both literally and figuratively.


Just living proof that the camera's lying
The singer suggests that the images or impressions created by the people outside the room are not always truthful, and are sometimes manipulated.


And oh, oh open wide
The singer is urging their companions to be more outwardly expressive in order to make the most of their situation.


'Cause this is your night, so smile
The singer is reminding their companions that they are in the spotlight and should therefore make the most of it by appearing happy and confident.


'Cause you'll go out in style
The singer suggests that their companions can leave this situation with dignity and respect, as long as they handle it properly.


If you let me I could
The singer is offering to help their companions by providing advice or guidance.


I'd show you how to build your fences
The singer suggests that it would be beneficial for their companions to set limits and boundaries for themselves, in order to protect themselves from the scrutiny of outsiders.


Set restrictions
The singer is continuing to encourage their companions to set boundaries for themselves in order to protect their emotional wellbeing.


Separate from the world
The singer suggests that their companions should disconnect themselves from the outside world and focus on their own inner lives.


The constant battle that you hate to fight
The singer acknowledges that the constant scrutiny and pressure their companions face is a source of stress and difficulty for them.


Just blame the limelight
The singer offers a possible explanation for the source of their companions' stress and hardship: the intense, public attention that is focused on them.


Yeah, yeah you're asking for it
The singer accuses their companions of contributing to their own situation or bringing unnecessary trouble onto themselves.


With every breath that you breathe in
The singer suggests that their companions' behavior and actions are the cause of the unwanted attention they are receiving.


Just breathe it in
The singer is suggesting that their companions should simply accept their situation and make the most of it.


Yeah, yeah well you're just a mess
The singer is criticizing their companions for not presenting a polished, confident image to the outside world.


You do all this big talking
The singer is criticizing their companions for not living up to the expectations or image they have created for themselves.


So now let's see you walking
The singer is challenging their companions to back up their words with actions and demonstrate true confidence and competence.


And oh, oh open wide
The singer is again urging their companions to be more open and expressive.


Cause you'll go out in style
The singer reiterates that their companions can leave this situation with dignity and respect if they handle it properly.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Hayley Williams, Josh Farro, David Jonathan Bendeth

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@JasonLSmallsJunior

[Verse 1]
I'm sitting in a room
Made up of only big white walls
And in the halls
There are people looking through the window in the door
They know exactly what we're here for
Don't look up, just let them think
There's no place else you'd rather be
You're always on display
For everyone to watch and learn from
Don't you know by now?
You can't turn back
Because this road is all you'll ever have

[Chorus]
And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
Just living proof that the camera's lying
And oh, oh, open wide
'Cause this is your night, so smile
'Cause you'll go out in style
You'll go out in style

[Verse 2]
If you let me, I could
I'd show you how to build your fences
Set restrictions
Separate from the world
The constant battle that you hate to fight
Just blame the limelight
Don't look up, just let them think
There's no place else you'd rather be
And now you can't turn back
Because this road is all you'll ever have


[Chorus]
And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
Just living proof that the camera's lying
And oh, oh, open wide
'Cause this is your night, so smile

[Bridge]
Yeah, yeah, you're asking for it
With every breath that you breathe in
Just breathe it in
Yeah, yeah, well, you're just a mess
You do all this big talking
So now let's see you walk it
I said let's see you walk it
Yeah, yeah, well, you're just a mess
You do all this big talking
So now let's see you walk it
I said let's see you walk it

[Chorus]
And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
Just living proof that the camera's lying
And oh, oh, open wide
Yeah oh, oh, open wide
Yeah oh, oh, open wide
'Cause you'll go out in style
You'll go out in style



@kempish5347

I'm sitting in a room
Made up of only big white walls and in the hall
There are people looking through the window in the door
They know exactly what we're here for

Don't look up, just let them think
There's no place else you'd rather be

You're always on display for everyone to watch and learn from
Don't you know by now?
You can't turn back
Because this road is all you'll ever have

And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
Just living proof that the camera's lying
And oh, oh, open wide, 'cause this is your night
So smile, 'cause you'll go out in style
You'll go out in style

If you let me I could
I'd show you how to build your fences
Set restrictions, separate from the world
The constant battle that you hate to fight, just blame the limelight

Don't look up, just let them think
There's no place else you'd rather be
And now you can't turn back
Because this road is all you'll ever have

And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
Just living proof that the camera's lying
And oh, oh, open wide, 'cause this is your night
So smile

Yeah, yeah you're asking for it
With every breath that you breathe in, just breathe it in
Yeah, yeah well you're just a mess, you do all this big talking
So now let's see you walk it, I said let's see you walk it

Yeah, yeah well you're just a mess, you do all this big talking
So now let's see you walk it, I said let's see you walk it

And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
Just living proof that the camera's lying
And oh, oh, open wide, yeah, oh, oh, open wide
Yeah, oh, oh, open wide, 'cause you'll go out in style
You'll go out in style



@breek.8678

+hi im hailee

I'm sitting in a room made up of only big white walls and in the hall there are
People looking through the window in the door they know exactly what we're here for
Don't look up just let them think there's no place else you'd rather be
You're always on display for everyone to watch and learn from
Don't you know by now
You can't turn back. Cause this road is all you'll ever have.


I always pictured the same thing, Haley is pretty good at using imagery in her writing.



All comments from YouTube:

@angelofsarcasm4924

This song deserves a music video

@country6500

Antonio Miguel preach it

@oaklelouch123

Antonio Miguel Amen

@country6500

holler

@crazfrog1o1

+Angel of Sarcasm i made one and it's really good but i don't have it up yet. i loaned the dvd to my mom's friend and haven't gotten it onto my personal computer yet, but i will definitely let you know when it's up if you want

@FishGoat

+Angel of Sarcasm 90% of them do

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@juanyork2798

Fences is one of the best songs from Paramore!

@mariaalejandrarodriguez7274

Fences es uno de las mejores canciones de paramore, si ves? Lo traduci sin ayuda de nada, soy re pila ajajajjajsja

@juanyork2798

maria alejandra Rodriguez Haha para futuros trabajos no traduciré en Google, sino que tú me lo harás

@mariaalejandrarodriguez7274

Es que mis cursos on line han servido de algo. Pfff cobrare por traducir, asi ganare mi vida. juan york​

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