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"Decode" is a song by Paramore released as a single from the soundtrack to the film Twilight. It is also included as a bonus track on the international version of Paramore's third studio album, brand new eyes. An acoustic version of this song was released as a part of the special CD/DVD of the Twilight soundtrack. The song was released on the Twilight Soundtrack with the song I Caught Myself, though this had become a single and I Caught Myself became apart of The B Sides. The song was certified Gold in the U.S on March 12, 2009, selling over 500,000 copies. It is also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Song Written for a Movie.



Hayley Williams said she "chose the title "Decode" because the song is about the building tension, awkwardness, anger and confusion between Bella and Edward. Bella's mind is the only one which Edward can't read and I feel like that's a big part of the first book and one of the obstacles for them to overcome. It's one added tension that makes the story even better."

Music Video[]

Paramore with Shane Drake on set.

The official music video premiered on November 3, 2008 on MTVu, MTV, MTV2 and on and was directed by Shane Drake. The video features the band members walking and performing in the woods, in Nashville, Tennessee (even though in the video, it is clearly supposed to be Forks, Washington). While they play, there are also scenes of the band acting as tracker vampires searching through the woods. There are also scenes showing the wind blowing through Williams' hair (which is red in color). Scenes from Twilight are also inter cut. The music video, along with the film trailer, were shown in the North American theater of PlayStation Home from December 11, 2008 to December 18, 2008.


Paramore Decode OFFICIAL VIDEO


How can I decide what's right?
When you're clouding up my mind
I can't win your losing fight all the time
How can I ever own what's mine
When you're always taking sides
But you won't take away my pride
No not this time
Not this time

How did we get here?
Well I used to know you so well
How did we get here?
Well I think I know

The truth is hiding in your eyes
And its hanging on your tongue
Just boiling in my blood
But you think that I can't see
What kind of man that you are
If you're a man at all
Well I will figure this one out
On my own
I'm screaming, I love you so
On my own
My thoughts you can't decode

How did we get here?
Well I used to know you so well, yeah
How did we get here?
Well I think I know

Do you see what we've done?
We've gone and made such fools of ourselves
Do you see what we've done?
We've gone and made such fools of ourselves


How did we get here?
Well I used to know you so well, yeah yeah
How did we get here?
Well I used to know you so well

I think I know
I think I know

Ooh, there is something
I see in you
It might kill me
I want it to be true


  • Aside from being well known as one of the theme songs for Twilight, Decode is also known amongst fans as one of the band's most difficult songs to sing.
    • As well, Decode is also known as one of the many songs which showcase Hayley Williams' vocal talent.
    • That being said, it is a joke amongst fans that Decode is a song that was written only for Hayley for the reason that she is the only one that 'nails' it.
  • Decode is the most viewed Paramore song on Youtube currently at 337 million views.
  • This song was performed by Jena Irene in the 13th season of American Idol. She also performed Ain't It Fun with Paramore in the same season.



External links[]

Paramore Chronology

Brand New Eyes

Paramore MTV Unplugged

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Brand New Eyes


Songs CarefulIgnorancePlaying GodBrick By Boring BrickTurn It OffThe Only ExceptionFeeling SorryLooking UpWhere the Lines OverlapMisguided GhostsAll I Wanted
Bonus Tracks DecodeIgnorance (Acoustic Version)Where the Lines Overlap (Acoustic Version)Brick By Boring Brick (Acoustic Version)Turn It Off (Acoustic)
Members Hayley WilliamsJosh FarroTaylor YorkJeremy DavisZac Farro
Paramore MTV Unplugged


Songs IgnoranceThat's What You GetMisery BusinessBrick By Boring BrickDecode
Members Hayley WilliamsJosh FarroTaylor YorkJeremy DavisZac Farro


Songs Fast In My CarNowGrow UpDaydreamingInterlude: Moving OnAin't It FunPart IILast HopeStill Into YouAnklebitersInterlude: HolidayProofHate to See Your Heart Break(One of Those) Crazy GirlsInterlude: I'm Not Angry AnymoreBe AloneFuture
Bonus Tracks Escape RouteNative TongueTell Me It's OkayDecodeThe Only ExceptionBrick By Boring BrickLet the Flames Begin
Members Hayley WilliamsJeremy DavisTaylor York
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Alive In Europe


Songs Fast In My CarThat's What You GetDecodeIgnoranceNowDaydreamingWhen It RainsLast HopeInterlude: HolidayCrushcrushcrushAin't It FunThe Only ExceptionIn the MourningPressureMisery BusinessStill Into You
Members Hayley WilliamsTaylor YorkJeremy Davis
Studio Albums
All We Know is FallingRiot!Brand New Eyes
ParamoreAfter Laughter
The Summer Tic EPThe Only Exception EPSingles Club
The Holiday SessionsAin't It Fun RemixesThe B-Sides
Live Albums
Live in the UK 2008The Final Riot!MTV Unplugged
2010 Summer Tour EPAlive In Europe
Hayley Williams: Petals for ArmorPetals for Armor IPetals for Armor IIPetals for Armor IIIPetals for Armor: Self-SerenadesFLOWERS for VASES / descansos
Zac Farro: HalfNoise EPVolcano CroweSudden FeelingThe Velvet Face EPFlowerss EPNatural DisguiseZafari EPMotif
Josh Farro: Walkways
Song ListList of Paramore's SongsFueled By Ramen (Label)