"Fences" as written by David Jonathan Bendeth, Joshua Neil Farro and Hayley Nichole Williams....
I'm sitting in a room
Made up of only big white walls
And in the halls
There are people looking through the window and the door
They know exactly what we're here for
Don't look up, just let them think
There's no place else you'd rather be

You're always on display
For everyone to watch and learn from
Don't you know by now
You can't turn back
Because this road is all you'll ever have

And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
Just living proof that the camera's lying
And oh, oh open wide
'Cause this is your night, so smile
'Cause you'll go out in style
You'll go out in style

If you let me I could
I'd show you how to build your fences
Set restrictions
Separate from the world
The constant battle that you hate to fight
Just blame the limelight

Don't look up just let them think
There's no place else you'd rather be in now
You can't turn back
Because this road is all you'll ever have

And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
Just living proof that the camera's lying
And oh, oh open wide
Cause this is your night, so smile

Yeah, yeah you're asking for it
With every breath that you breathe in
Just breathe it in
Yeah, yeah well you're just a mess
You do all this big talking
So now let's see you walking
I said let's see you walking

Yeah, yeah well you're just a mess
You do all this big talking
So now let's see you walking
I said let's see you walking

And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
Just living proof that the camera's lying
And oh, oh open wide
Yeah oh, oh open wide
Yeah oh, oh open wide
'Cause you'll go out in style
You'll go out in style


Lyrics submitted by ellie117

"Fences" as written by Josh Farro Hayley Williams

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  • +4
    General CommentAbout celebrities who are being torn apart by Hollywood, paparazzi, pressures of being famous, etc.

    One of the best on the album I reckon.
    Seewaon June 06, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis sounds like it could be about celebrities
    but also models with eating disorders

    "And it's obvious that you're dying, dying
    Just living proof that the camera's lying"

    "The constant battle that you hate to fight"
    niccyon June 14, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPersonally I feel that Hayley's taking on "Young Hollywood". (For example, Lindsay, Paris & Nicole.)

    - "i'm sitting in a room. made up only big white walls and in the hall there are people looking through the window in the door. they know exactly what we're hear for. don't look up just let them think there's no place else you'd rather be." : First, Hayley's putting herself in young Hollywood's position. The room, could be in a rehab facility or a jail cell. Because the celebrities today pop in and out of rehab and jail as often as they change their underwear. But I digress. They go to rehab and jail like it's nothing but everyone knows their business. But the celebrity has to keep smiling, like everything's okay.

    - "you're always on display. for everyone to watch and learn from. don't you know by now that you can't turn back? because this road is all you'll ever have." : On display, means the fact that these stars are being followed all the time by the "paps" and they get thrown around these magazines. They can't turn back because they get so absorbed by the Hollywood Lifestyle and their going to keep making the same mistakes.

    - "and it's obvious that you're dying, dying. just living proof that the camera's lying. and open wide, 'cause this is your night. so smile, 'cause you'll go out in style." : These celebrities are trying to pretend that their okay, when they aren't. And you see them in the tabloids all the time, "happy" as can be, when inside they hate themselves. Hayley's saying with the "you'll go out in style" is pretty self-explanitory.

    - " if you let me i could, i'd show you how to build your fences, set restrictions, seperate from the world. the constant battle that you hate to fight. just blame the limelight." : Hayley's pretty much saying that if more people would be like her, keeping her private life private, not partying every single night, they would learn. And they should stop getting pissed when the "paps" follow them around, because they're pretty much asking for it.

    - "you're asking for it. with every breath that you breath in, just breath in. you're just a mess. you do all this big talk. so now let's see you walk it. i said let's see you walk it." : She's saying that they all are fake, and in the end they need to face the truth.

    -lindsey
    ohitstragikXon August 27, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationSAMANTHA: Uh, just first off, I’m a really big fan and you guys do great LIVE shows. I saw you at the Phoenix in May. I was just wondering, heheh, ah, what inspired you to write the song, Fences?

    HAYLEY: Fences! Um, well actually that song is kinda about the first year and half being on the road … its-its about the end of the first year and a half, how I felt like, uh, especially for me personally, I was kinda pretending to be totally okay and wasn’t, wasn’t letting, um, y’know any … I-I didn’t want my flaws to show, and if I was unhappy about something I didn’t want people to know because I wanted everyone to think that, uh, I was perfect all the time, I was fine and um, I don’t know, this song is me talking to myself saying, um, like get over it and its kinda, I mean its obvious that you’re dying, dying …, y’know. So … its, its just about the struggle of being in the business.

    The proof to this can be viewed here: youtube.com/…
    onhceton July 28, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJust been listening to this song again and it just reminds me of the Hunger Games. This is probably because I've just finished reading it and watching the film, so it's all fresh in my mind, but yeah, to me it kind of fits into the whole "Big Brother" and "celebrity" situations in The Hunger Games, especially when the tributes are being forced into the limelight.
    lutonspamon April 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI disagree that the song is about celebs at all. Knowing that the members of Paramore are Christian, i think it's about Christianity and the struggle that "big talk" Christians have to always stay white-wall sterile. And about how totally meaningless it is when Christians talk so much about their faith if it's all just talk to them - when they aren't actually living the lifestyle their words reflect.
    "You do all this big talk, yeah
    So now let's see you walk it"
    Every single line makes a lot of sense when applied to that definition.
    NumbVoxon July 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is written about someone whos life is all about glam and they shroud themselves in, well themselves and how they think that EVERYONE is obsessed with them - If you have a myspace in your bulletins that your friends post look for things like "pc4pc" (Picturecomment4picturecomment)

    These are the ppl that love to be in the limelight and try to make there lives seem brilliant and feel the need to talk about it - Inside there dying and that's why I freaking love this song
    The Masked Heroon January 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMeow, I am a cat... the internet is craaaazy.
    Lachlan87on February 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this one, it's really fast paced. Makes you keep listening hehe.
    kookycookieon June 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have a brilliant video idea for this song.
    xSingxUsxAxSongxon June 10, 2007   Link

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