This Is Why
Paramore Lyrics


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If you have an opinion
Maybe you should shove it
Or maybe you could scream it
Might be best to keep it

To yourself (to yourself)
To yourself (to yourself)
This is why I don't leave the house
You say the coast is clear
But you won't catch me out
Oh, why? This is why

Better have conviction
'Cause we want crimes of passion
Survival of the fittest
You're either with us or you can keep it

To yourself (to yourself)
To yourself (to yourself)
To yourself, yourself, yourself
To yourself (to yourself)

This is why I don't leave the house
You say the coast is clear
But you won't catch me out
Oh, why? This is why

This is why I don't leave the house
You say the coast is clear
But you won't catch me out
Oh, why? This is why

One step beyond your door
It might as well have been a free fall
One step beyond your door
Falling down an endless hall
One step beyond your door
Might as well have been a free fall
One step beyond your door
And I'm floating like a cannonball

This is why I don't leave the house
You say the coast is clear
But you won't catch me out
Oh, why? This is why

This is why I don't leave the house
You say the coast is clear




But oh no, you won't catch me out
Oh, why? This is why

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Paramore's "This Is Why" tell a story of self-doubt and insecurity. The singer is seeming to address someone who challenges their opinions, demanding that they keep their thoughts to themselves. The singer then goes on to express their hesitancy to leave the house, fearing that they will be caught out or challenged again. The line, "This is why I don't leave the house," is repeated throughout the song, emphasizing the feelings of anxiety and self-doubt. The lyrics continue with a call for conviction and a warning about the importance of choosing sides, while still emphasizing the singer's fear of leaving their safe space.


The second half of the song takes on a more dramatic tone, with the singer describing their fear of stepping outside and the feeling of freefall that comes with taking that step. The use of the metaphor of floating like a cannonball is particularly effective, conveying a sense of both weightlessness and momentum. Finally, the song ends with the singer still refusing to leave the house, despite the reassurances of others.


Overall, "This Is Why" is a powerful expression of the anxieties that many people face when it comes to self-expression and leaving their comfort zone. By putting those feelings into words, Paramore has created a relatable and emotionally resonant song that speaks to the struggles of so many.


Line by Line Meaning

If you have an opinion
If you have a viewpoint to share


Maybe you should shove it
Perhaps you should keep it to yourself


Or maybe you could scream it
Or you could express it loudly


Might be best to keep it
It could be better to avoid saying anything


To yourself (to yourself)
Keep it private


This is why I don't leave the house
There is a specific reason I'm staying indoors


You say the coast is clear
You assure me that it's safe outside


But you won't catch me out
But I'm still too scared to venture out


Oh, why? This is why
This is the exact reason why I don't want to leave


Better have conviction
It's important to have strong beliefs


'Cause we want crimes of passion
Because we desire to establish strong alliances


Survival of the fittest
Only the strongest will survive


You're either with us or you can keep it
Either be a part of us or stay away from us


To yourself, yourself, yourself
Keep it to yourself


One step beyond your door
Just one step outside your residence


It might as well have been a free fall
Feels like falling without control


Falling down an endless hall
Falling through a never-ending tunnel


Might as well have been a free fall
As good as jumping off a tall building


And I'm floating like a cannonball
And I'm uncontrollably moving like a projectile


This is why I don't leave the house
I don't feel safe stepping outside


You say the coast is clear
You assure me that it's safe outdoors


But oh no, you won't catch me out
But, unfortunately, I'm still too scared to go out


Oh, why? This is why
This is exactly why I'm avoiding stepping outside




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

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@melaniebon

And after all this time, I’m still into Paramore. 😭😭😭

@bricktopian

The only comment written in English so I know what it says lol

@notsojess7950

Same

@amu_01

I’m so happy. I missed them so much.

@carolsantos6423

captain america saying he got that reference right here *

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@emem04

Cheers to those who grew up with Paramore and still keep going. This is for us 😭 Thank you, Paramore

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