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"The Only Exception" is the sixth track and third single off of the album brand new eyes.



"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.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

Music Video[]


Paramore The Only Exception OFFICIAL VIDEO

The music video for 'The Only Exception' is about how a girl who was played by Hayley Williams has had tragic and unconnected relationships her entire life. At first, she had left her boyfriend to move on. Some examples of how she had bad relationships were with her father, her mother, her dates, and her ideas at church. Through the end of the video, she had realized that her only strong relationship was with her boyfriend, She ends up coming back as the boyfriend did not wake up from his sleep at the beginning of the video.

Aaron Schnobrich plays Hayley's boyfriend. He would later go on to be the cameraman for the "Playing God" video.

Hayley's father appears in the video as himself.



The Only Exception


When I was younger I saw my daddy cry
And curse at the wind
He broke his own heart and I watched
As he tried to reassemble it

And my momma swore
That she would never let herself forget
And that was the day that I promised
I'd never sing of love if it does not exist

But darling,
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception

Maybe I know somewhere
Deep in my soul
That love never lasts
And we've got to find other ways
To make it alone
Or keep a straight face
And I've always lived like this
Keeping a comfortable distance
And up until now I've sworn to myself
That I'm content with loneliness

Because none of it was ever worth the risk

Well you are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception

I've got a tight grip on reality
But I can't let go of what's in front of me here
I know you're leaving in the morning
When you wake up
Leave me with some kind of proof it's not a dream

You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception

You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception
You are the only exception

And I'm on my way to believing
Oh, and I'm on my way to believing


In October 2010 the band 'Tenspoke Indies' claimed that the song "The Only Exception" stole from their song "Starlighter" and that Fueled By Ramen had stolen a copy of their demo in 2006 which is how Paramore stole their song.

In March 2012, the case was dropped in favor of Paramore and that Tenspoke Indies claim was frivolous.

Chart Performance[]

Chart (2010-11)






Australia 17 75
Brazil 32
Canada 25
European Hot 100 72
Ireland 28
New Zealand


UK Singles 31
UK Rock 1
US Billboard Hot 100 24 93
US Billboard Pop Songs 12
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 9
US Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs 28


  • A locket was released in's shop according to this song. It is called "The Only Exception Locket".
  • The song was featured as a downloadable song on Rock Band 3 and can be transferred over to Rock Band 4.


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Brand New Eyes

Turn It Off "Turn It Off" "The Only Exception" "Feeling Sorry" Feeling Sorry

The Only Exception EP

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Decode "Decode (Live)" "The Only Exception" "Brick By Boring Brick (Live)" Brick By Boring Brick

Alive In Europe

Ain't It Fun "Ain't It Fun" "The Only Exception" "In The Mourning" In The Mourning
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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
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The Only Exception EP


Songs The Only ExceptionThe Only Exception (Acoustic Version)
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)