"Decode" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Bold, romantic song from Twilight movie.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song is about the frustration and anger in a young adult relationship.


One line says "The truth...it's hanging on your tongue, just boiling in my blood."

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The song is part of the soundtrack for the Twilight movie and is helping to promote it.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this single is from the soundtrack for the movie adaptation of best-selling young adult novel Twilight. The song doesn't really address the book/movie's vampire content; instead, it deals with the anger, frustration, and confusion that comes in any young adult romance. Because of those themes, it's best for older tweens and up -- that said, the lyrics are tame enough that kids a few years younger can safely listen, too.

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What's the story?

DECODE is the first of two Paramore songs included on the soundtrack for the movie adaptation of Twilight. The movie is about the intense connection between an immortal vampire and a teenage human girl, and this bold, romantic song deals with the confusion in that relationship.

Is it any good?


Thanks to 18-year-old frontwoman Hayley Williams' striking, heartwrenching vocals and Paramore's dramatic pop-punk sound, "Decode" will get anxious fans' blood pumping as they await the release of the movie. Williams' voice is strong, with a sense of aching vulnerability; it rises and falls over the heavy, driving guitar to create an effective, engaging balance from beginning to end. The lyrics lament, "I'm screaming, 'I love you so' on my own, my thoughts you can't decode." It shouldn't take long for fans to decode their feelings about this song: It's something to really sink your teeth into.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the buzz that surrounds movies like Twilight or Harry Potter, which are based on popular book series. How does getting an early sample of the soundtrack contribute to that buzz? What else do studios and their marketing groups do to get the ball rolling? Do you think studios make an extra effort to market these kinds of movies to teens? How?

Music details

Release date:October 3, 2008
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 9 years old April 7, 2013

AWESOME!!! (soz i love caps)

LOOOOVE paramore like i'm their *1 fan EVER! isn't INAPPROPRIATE at all, and, i would say it beats Twilight! (which is CRAZYYYYY!)
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Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byFezesAreCool February 24, 2013

Great song, 11+

Brilliant song, Hayley Williams' voice really shines in this song in my opinion. Her vocals feel dark and atmospheric and it makes for a great feel to the song. Just go get this song, in fact get everything by this band, they're amazing.
Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 December 20, 2012

Cool song from Paramore

I really like this song. The music is awesome and the singing is pretty solid. This song is about the confusion and frustrations that sometimes come with romance, but it's all fine for kids.


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