Paramore: 26 Meaning
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Song Released: 2017
Everything was fine until you came around
I've been chasing after dreamers in the clouds
After all wasn't I the one who said
To keep your feet on the ground?
Man, you really brought me back...
anonymous Sep 24th, 9:15am report
In my opinion, Hayley wrote the song as a message to her younger self, and several elements of the song prove this statement to be true. Including the title of the song, (26), and a specific lyric in the first verse. The title references the age she was when she became engaged to her ex-husband, Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory. There is also a lyric in the first verse that referenced one of the band's older songs. The lyric was, "I've been chasing after dreamers in the clouds, after all wasn't I the one who said to keep your feet on the ground." This lyric pays homage to a lyric in their 2009 song, "Brick by Boring Brick" The lyric was, "Keep your feet on the ground, when your head's in the clouds." I believe that Hayley put this lyric in "26" because she became the girl she was singing about in "Brick by Boring Brick" But I also think that the song also has a connection to their song, "The Only Exception" more than anything else. "The Only Exception" was also written about Chad, who at the time, was actually Hayley's boyfriend. Hayley wrote the song about her struggles with self isolation and the idea that true love doesn't exist. When she was younger, her parent's had suffered from a divorce, and in the song she mentioned not wanting the same thing to happen to her, which, sadly, it did.
anonymous Dec 6th, 2018 12:50pm report
i feel like hayley wrote this to her depression at 26/ her younger self. but to me, this song makes me feel like it could be a message to my ex. he really brings me down a lot, emotionally abusive even though we are not together anymore. but, i believe he can grow and learn, the chorus is where id be telling him to keep going and grow. idk just how i think about it
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