Tell Me How
Paramore Lyrics


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I can't call you a stranger
But I can't call you
I know you think that I erased you
You may hate me but I can't hate you
And I won't replace you

Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?

I think I'm tired of getting over it
Just starting something new again
I'm getting sick of the beginnings
And always coming to your defenses
I guess it's good to get it off my chest
I guess I can't believe I haven't yet
You know I got my own convictions
And they're stronger than any addiction
But no one's winning

Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?
Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?

You keep me up with your silence
Take me down with your quiet
Of all the weapons you fight with
Your silence is the most violent

Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?
Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?

You don't have to tell me
If you ever think of me
I know you see me dancing




Wildly, in the fog of your memory
You don't have to tell me, I can still believe

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to the Paramore song Tell Me How seem to be about a complicated breakup or loss of a relationship. The singer is struggling with their feelings towards the subject of the song. They can't call the subject a stranger because they have a history together, but they also can't call them because things have changed between them. The song seems to be written from the perspective of someone who has been deleted or cut out of the other person's life.


The singer seems to be experiencing conflicting emotions towards the subject of the song. On the one hand, they still care for and miss them, as evidenced by the lyric "You may hate me but I can't hate you, and I won't replace you." However, they also express frustration with the situation, singing "I'm getting sick of the beginnings and always coming to your defenses."


The chorus seems to ask the subject of the song how the singer should feel about them. Should they hold on and suffocate their emotions, or should they let go and move on? The bridge contains some of the most powerful lyrics in the song, with the singer saying that the subject's silence is a weapon that hurts them the most. The song ends with the singer expressing their belief that the subject still thinks about them, even if they don't admit it.


Overall, the song seems to capture the complicated feelings that can arise after a relationship ends. The singer is struggling to hold on while also trying to move forward and find closure.


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

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@diegozarraga6778

LYRICS

"Tell Me How"

I can't call you a stranger
But I can't call you
I know you think that I erased you
You may hate me but I can't hate you
And I won't replace you

Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?

Think I'm tired of getting over it
Just starting something new again
I'm getting sick of the beginnings
And always coming to your defences
I guess it's good to get it off my chest
I guess I can't believe I haven't yet
You know I got my own convictions
And they're stronger than any addiction
But no one's winning

Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?
Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?

You keep me up with your silence
Take me down with your quiet
Of all the weapons you fight with
Your silence is the most violent

Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?
Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?

You don't have to tell me
If you ever think of me
I know you say you're busy
In the wild fog of your memory
You don't have to tell me
I can still believe



@KalebPlaysStuff

My explanation:

"You don't have to tell me
If you ever think of me
I know you see me dancing
wildly in the fog of your memory
You don't have to tell me
I can still believe"

This part is so heartbreaking, if the song is talking about Jeremy, Hayley knows or makes herself believe that deep down, Jeremy still cares for her and it causes her so much grief because of the drama...ugh, Paramore is the reason I have happiness in my life!!! cries



@raytorosguacrecipe2522

Lyrics
I can't call you a stranger
But I can't call you
I know you think that I erased you
You may hate me but I can't hate you
And I won't replace you
Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?
I think I'm tired of getting over it
Just starting something new again
I'm getting sick of the beginnings
And always coming to your defenses
I guess it's good to get it off my chest
I guess I can't believe I haven't yet
You know I got my own convictions
And they're stronger than any addiction
But no one's winning
Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?
Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?
You keep me up with your silence
Take me down with your quiet
Of all the weapons you fight with
Your silence is the most violent
Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?
Tell me how to feel about you now
Tell me how to feel about you now
Oh, let me know
Do I suffocate or let go?
You don't have to tell me
If you ever think of me
I know you see me dancing
Wildly, in the fog of your memory
You don't have to tell me, I can still believe



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Paramore I went and IT WAS GREAAAAT!!!

@blndstudiosyt4537

I can't believe I'm crying. I'm a 21 year old black dude, but I feel your pain, even in the instruments they cry

@Janolcangioli

ooo let me know, do I sofocate or let go?

@stephanyusquiano972

Paramore son los mejores

@franvillaman6732

i miss u guys, pls come to Chile asap

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@icarus2679

Of all the weapons you fight with, your silence is the most violent.

@patricaromano5012

ProfessorCray69 yes!!

@anae3t

i was at that part when I read this comment xD

@TheDreRock

"Sometimes, quiet is violent." - twenty one pilots

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