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"The Only Exception" (CD single)



Clean song about overcoming pessimism to find love.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though this song takes a very cautious and somewhat skeptical view of love, it ultimately supports the notion of letting yourself care deeply for someone.

Positive role models

The only times the members of Paramore are in the media spotlight are when they're climbing the charts -- making them good role model material.

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One benign reference to an adult sleep-over: "I know you're leaving in the morning when you wake up."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this single is a fine choice for tweens and teens. It features no graphic language or adult content, aside from one light line about "when you wake up" -- implying that the singer and object of her affection are sleeping under the same roof.

What's the story?

THE ONLY EXCEPTION is another single off of Brand New Eyes, the third album from alt-rock band Paramore. Also featured on an episode of the TV show Glee, the track tells the story of a girl who develops a pessimistic take on love after watching her parents' failed relationship. In a nod to optimism, however, the girl ultimately finds someone who helps to break her belief that love's not worth it: "And I've always lived like this / Keeping a comfortable distance because none of it was ever worth the risk / Well, you are the only exception..." With no questionable language or content aside from a fleeting line about sleeping under the same roof ("I know you're leaving in the morning when you wake up"), this song is a good choice for tweens and teens looking for some clean, solid alt-rock music.

Is it any good?


Like most of Paramore's songs, "The Only Exception" is fairly straightforward musically, featuring a simple melody and lead singer Hayley Williams' pure if not earth-shattering vocals. The end result proves that complicated isn't always best: the song is a lovely ode to real love that's sure to become the anthem of tweens and teens everywhere.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the children of couples who have rocky marriages can grow up to become adults who have fulfilling relationships themselves. How can you learn the skills needed to maintain a healthy relationship?

  • What examples can you take from the relationships you see your parents in -- good and bad?

Music details

Release date:August 21, 2010
Label:Fueled by Ramen
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byAwesome_Dude July 9, 2012


Ugggh.Paramore is the most cheesiest band EVER! This is the worst song i've ever heard.It is so boring!
Teen, 13 years old Written byFezesAreCool February 24, 2013

Sweet song, 8+

Nothing bad really, sweet song but not quite as good as some of their other stuff.
Teen, 16 years old Written byDuper_Drew August 9, 2012

Paramore blows!

This is the worst song of all time! The lyrics are terrible,and they could even be called childish! I mean the song starts with "when I was younger I was my daddy cry,and curse at the wind"! Wow!! How childlike can you get?! There was evena refrence to an,ADULT SLEEPOVER! Very innapropriate for kids (even though I think this song is to please kids ages 2-5) ! The singing is cheesey,and it is only good for making your ears bleed! I think this song is only for 4 year olds,who love terrible songs,and paint pitcures of braindead people dancing around rainbows and a happy sun! So there ya have it! To top it off,this song is SO short! I'm not suprised about THAT! Because this song makes me wanna smash the radio! Paramore is the worst band alive.PERIOD.