So basically this song means that this girl (Hailey) has grown up with unstable relationships around her her whole life. I thin the opening verse is about how one of her parents either cheated on...
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 darlin'

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
But keep a straight face

And I've always lived like this
Keeping a comfortable, distance
And up until now
I had sworn to myself that I'm content
With loneliness

Because none of it was ever worth the risk

But, 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 your leaving in the morning, when you wake up
Leave me with some kind of proof it's not a dream, oh

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.

Lyrics submitted by aristuma21

"The Only Exception" as written by Hayley Nichole Williams Hayley Williams

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +8
    General CommentHayley's voice sounds so natural and simple here. It's beautiful!

    And I know a lot of people don't like Chad, but if he can make Hayley feel this way, then good for him.
    Like_A_Doveon September 22, 2009   Link
  • +8
    General CommentThis song actually has a very personal meaning for me. To me it's about a person who has only seen the bad side of love, whoose mother broke their fathers heart, but still the blame could not be fully placed on either parent and it was a tragic situation all round. The person does not believe in tue 'love' becuase of this and always tries to keep a 'comfortable distance' even if they do date people/ are pyschically inimate they never feel a true connection with somebody, until they meet a person who they grow to share that bond with- their 'only exception'.

    Before meeting their 'only exception' he/she felt lonley as although they had people on the surface hteir inner emotions were not touched/ left uncared for. Nobody sparked enough passion in them emotionally and 'werent worth the risk' of the persona giving their true heart to.
    'love never lasts', 'keep a straight face' relates to the personal aspect of the song. A guy I once knew had many flings or " F buddies" with girls who where a bit slutty and jsut up for that kind of thing. And he always pretended he wasnt bothered by it and the game of seduction and breaking the rules of his very strict Catholic father imposed. But in relaity he was looking for somone, but not jsut anyone, he wouldnt have wanted just anyone, because there was only one true person for him- his only exception. It was all becuase his mother had divorced his father at a young age and it was a very bitter divorce.

    "relaity" to the persona is that niggling thought in the back of thier mind that love really 'never lasts', but evenso they still hope to prove temselves wrong and that they really ahve changed their thought patterns "on the way to believing', thats why it seems alsmost dream like that their heart has doen a full 360. Now they have it, they dont want to loose it, and they want that person to keep proving to them that love truly exists, not to eventually let them down. like in the VIdeo they want to run but "cant let go" of that one person.

    The fact that they are "on the way to believing" relates back to how damaged they are in the first place and the fac that they have come this far is a miracle in it's self. And that person they love- the 'only exception' is a livivng miracle.
    DaringDreamer82on February 28, 2011   Link
  • +7
    General Commenti think this song is about when you are younger you see your parents get a divorce or something along the lines of that, and you don't believe in love anymore, but then you find that one person that makes you believe in love again. However, you still have that thought in the back of your head love doesn't exist.
    chokeondramaon September 21, 2009   Link
  • +4
    My OpinionFor someone to say this song is bland and/or boring shows that they aren't appreciating what's infront of them. Just because it isn't one of their uptempo rock tunes doesn't mean to say that it doesn't have any depth to it. It is simple, bare and full of lyrical genius. The live acoustic to this is unbelievable! A lot of ideas are put through in this song, we react to what we saw our parents go through and are affected by it. She witnessed her parents having a pretty hard time and thought love wasn't worth the hassle, the risk. For her to abandon what she was brought up to believe was right and choose to love someone despite her fears is a very courageous thing to do, you cannot take that kind of sincerity away from this song! If you haven't felt vulnerable in the face of love then you couldn't possibly relate.
    blessbabeon February 16, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentdoes anyone else think that this sounds a lot like yellow by coldplay?
    SUPGIRLSUPon September 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think this song is about a girl (probably Hayley) who had to see her parents go through a divorce and stopped believing in love, until she met "The One" =]

    The lyrics to this song are so freakin' sweet, I just love it <3
    WaffledFlambeon September 28, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHayley's voice is absolutely beautiful in this song. And it's an absolute beautiful song itself.

    My interpretation-

    Believing that love doesn't exist because at a young age you witnessed the heartbreak your parent's caused each other. You don't believe in love until one day it smacks you in the face, but in the back of your mind you're afraid that love will end in heartbreak for you as well!
    craz4lifeon October 19, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEveryone has interpreted this song a billion times and a billion different ways, but I think who she sings about in the end isn't who she ends up with. I think she met someone who made her believe in love, but for some reason it didn't work out. Like when she sings, "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." I think that signifies the end of that particular relationship. But she goes on to say that she's on her way to believing. So therefore, she has learned that love is very real, and that she will be able to believe in it someday with the right person.
    yeahhitslaurennnnon June 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think this song is about how Hayley grew up not believing in love.
    But when she met this guy,
    she is on her way to believing in love.
    paolacaliforniaon December 31, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis was so unexpected, but so freaking brilliant. I love it.
    They've really grown, really.
    And yeah, it does kind of sound like Yellow at the beginning.

    And I think the meaning's kind of self-explanatory.
    LivAlexanderon September 23, 2009   Link

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