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The Only Exception

Paramore

About “The Only Exception”

“The Only Exception” is the sixth track and third single from Paramore’s Brand New Eyes. Co-written between Hayley Williams and Josh Farro at a time when the band was a quintet, the song is a soft ballad, which provides musical diversity to the album. Hayley Williams explained to Kerrang! in 2009:

I’ve never written lyrics like this before. The first verse is about where I think the fear to be open or vulnerable started. Ever since the first story in Kerrang!, everyone has known about my family issues and domestic whatever, it’s something that’s kinda stayed with me and I’ve learned from. I played this song to my mom and there were tears. It was kind of embarrassing.

Hayley Williams told Alternative Press in 2010:

This is the first love song I’ve ever written. And even if I’ve tried in the past, this is the first one that I’m really proud of. I like that I was able to express the fact that I have always been really afraid of love – and I still am at times – but the excitement and the hope that it exists is still very evident in the lyrics. So it’s not like I’m a total cynic! Love is a good thing, kids.

In terms of its success as a single, it notably reached 24th on the US Billboard’s Top 100 and 31st on the UK’s Single Chart.

  • What have the artists said about the song?

    Before I get started on this one, let me just point out the fact that the acronym for this song is ‘TOE.’ All right. Josh and I wanted something short and sweet that would break up the record. He sent me some music and I was immediately inspired. After showing the guys, everyone loved it so much that they told us we had to finish it. So we did. This is the first love song I’ve ever written. And even if I’ve tried in the past, this is the first one that I’m really proud of. I like that I was able to express the fact that I have always been really afraid of love–and I still am at times–but the excitement and the hope that it exists is still very evident in the lyrics. So it’s not like I’m a total cynic! Love is a good thing, kids.”

    -Hayley Williams on “The Only Exception” in a Track by Track description of ‘brand new eyes’ for Alternative Press.

  • What's the meaning of the single's artwork?

    The single’s artwork is explained in detail here.

  • Was there any controversy regarding this song?

    The Florida-based band called Tenspoke Indies claimed in an October 2010 lawsuit that there is “substantial” similarity between their song “Starlighter” and “The Only Exception”. The accusers alleged that they sent a copy of their demo containing “Starlighter” to Paramore’s record label Fueled By Ramen in 2006 and Paramore subsequently borrowed parts of their tune for this song, “including but not limited to, similarities in the introductions, arrangements, the chord progression, the key, the melody, the lyrical theme, the rhythm and tempo of both songs.”

"The Only Exception" Track Info

Lego Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood (2016) | Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight English Subbed | Wagamama High Spec