“The Only Exception” — Paramore
This past spring, I had the painstaking task of picking ONE song for my soon-to-be-husband and me to use as our first dance at our wedding reception. Do not underestimate the gravity of this task. For a bride, this is huge. I struggled. Between his interest in indie and my love for good ol’ pop, it was proving to be more than difficult. It felt impossible.
And then I found Paramore‘s “The Only Exception”.
Okay… Soooooooooo, maybe I didn’t find Paramore… It was more like I was watching Glee. Yes. That’s what I said. GLEE.
Hi, my name is Kim. (Hi, Kim.) I’m a grown adult and I freaking.love.Glee.
Don’t hate. That show is awesome and we might as well put on our boxing gloves right now because I have sworn allegiance to Mr. Schuester and all things Glee. Sacrifice the body! VIVA LA GLEE!!
Where was I… Oh yes, Paramore. This song stole my heart from the first few lines…
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.
You are the only exception.
My now husband and I both come from divorced families. Some say broken homes, we say *modern American families*. Although we have come to terms with (and truly love) our step parents and step/half siblings, there has been some residual damage to our faith in traditional love and marriage. We dated for five years before we decided to get engaged. We lived together for four for those years. Leading up to the engagement, we struggled with the *need* for marriage… what does it *mean* to be married… can we do it better than our own parents or are we doomed the same divorced fate… is it worth even trying… do we want to risk putting our future hypothetical offspring through a possible divorce…?
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.
Well, we did get married and are happy little newlyweds. Due to years of therapy on both sides we are probably more prepared for the reality of marriage than our parents ever were. The goal is to learn from our parents’ mistakes… And in the unfortunate event we do decide to split, we’ll handle ourselves in a way that causes minimal damage to our little ones. Besides, having us as parents will give them PLENTY to tell their therapists without having to witness a nasty divorce.
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.
And I’m on my way to believing.
Oh, and I’m on my way to believing.
Of course, our parents didn’t go into their wedding saying, “He’ll be a great first husband.” It’s all unicorns and rainbows to start… So who knows? All we can do is take it one day at a time and keep the friendship aspect strong through the ups and downs. Today, like most newlyweds, our future is full of sunshine, babies, building our dream home outside of the city, family trips around the world, and watching each other wrinkle up and go grey.
We shall see…
Either way this song was perfect for our first dance. It’s honest in its immediate declaration of the effect our parents’ divorces had on our faith in love. It expresses the hesitation we both have to trust in the institute of marriage. But, most importantly, it sings a song for two jaded people who are deeply in love that are giving it a valiant effort.
- Paramore’s Jeremy Davis Weds (omg.yahoo.com)
- Paramore Opens up a Pair of ‘Brand New Eyes’ (prweb.com)
- Paramore Songs (mademan.com)
- Paramore Goes “Renegade” on Scorching New Tune (spin.com)
- Taylor Swift Surprise Performance With Paramore! (wycd.radio.com)
- Paramore Debut ‘Renegade’ At Fueled By Ramen Show (mtv.com)
- A look into the lyrics of Paramore (alookintothemindofajeni.wordpress.com)
- Review| Paramore Live in Singapore 2011 (popspoken.wordpress.com)
- Monster by Paramore [Drumcover] (maartenvanderblij.wordpress.com)
Posted on 09/06/2011, in Awakenings, Going Forward, Human Behavior, Past Experiences and tagged children, divorce, first dance, Glee, jaded, marriage, Mr. Schuester, Only Exception, Paramore, reception, relationships, wedding. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.