"All I Wanted" as written by and Hayley Nichole/york Williams....
Think of me when you're out, when you're out there
I'll beg you nice from my knees
And when the world treats you way too fairly
Well it's a shame I'm a dream

All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you

I think I'll pace my apartment a few times
And fall asleep on the couch
Wake up early to black and white re-runs?
That escaped from my mouth

Oh, oh

[Chorus]
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you
All I wanted was you

I could follow you to the beginning
And just to relive the start
And maybe then we'll remember to slow down
At all of our favorite parts

All I wanted was you

[Chorus]


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"All I Wanted" as written by Hayley Nichole/york Williams

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  • +5
    General Commentit's about josh.

    "I think I'll pace my apartment a few times
    And fall asleep on the couch
    And wake up early to black and white reruns
    That escape from my mouth"

    in the AP article, she mentioned how lonely she was and how she'd be up all night, just talking to fans because there was no one else around for her.

    "I could follow you to the beginning
    Just to relive the start
    Maybe then we'd remember to slow down
    At all of our favorite parts"

    it sounds to me that she wants to go back into the past and relive every moment she had when she was with him, taking nothing for granted and making the best of her favorite times with him.

    it's a beautiful song, and you can tell that she still cares for him a lot. brings me to tears every time.
    xxbreakmedownon September 22, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionI notice some odd influences in this song... Riffs in the style of The Receiving End Of Sirens? Guitar ambience and crescendo crash in the style of Explosions in the Sky? Mogwai/Mew-esque chord progressions? Looks like Paramore are embracing the Post- genres of Rock in and interesting way that retains the perfect Paramore cadence. This really does set their sound above Riot!'s quite considerably...
    Fade 2 blackon September 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song gives me the chills.
    hayley can really belt it out.
    SUPGIRLSUPon September 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazing Song!
    Obviously about Josh.
    thestormtonighton September 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPretty sure it's about Josh.

    No words really. Best song on brand new eyes by far.
    Like_A_Doveon September 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJosh. For sure.
    "The Only Exception" is about Chad.

    But yeah, I'm thinking Josh since it's always referring to the past,
    like...
    "I could follow you to the beginning
    Just to relive the start
    Maybe then we'd remember to slow down
    At all of our favorite parts"

    I think it's saying, in a way, that she still has feelings for him
    (I'm probably gonna get massacred on here for saying that), but that's just
    the message I got from listening to it. Others might have interpreted it differently.

    To me, it's kind of the whole "I love you, but I can't" thing.
    thisishowwedanceon September 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentP.S. Hayley has some amazing pipes on her! Seriously, I knew she could sing.. but I didn't know she could belt it out like that... "All I wanted was yooooUUUUUUU!" O.M.G.

    I hope this song is on the set list!!!
    thisishowwedanceon September 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis has come to be my favorite song on their new cd. It is incredible. How Hayley can hit those notes.. I have no idea but it gives me chills all throughout my body every time she does. Every hair on my body stands. It's funny how much this song explains my so called love life.. or what it used to be anyway.
    aodorisio10on September 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnother thing I wanted to add. The line when she sings "Well, it's a shame I'm a dream". I find this to be really interesting and relatable to so many people. Like this person was everything and you were everything to them and now that they've probably moved on, everything that you once had with this person is a "dream"...almost like it never happened. So sad.
    thebodyelectricon September 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfirst and foremost, i love this site. second, this song is... just like... totally AWESOME! better yet, awesome doesn't even begin to explain it. whenever it is its turn to play on my playlist, i play it over, cuz it iz just that AWESOME! luv it, luv u hayley-& if u keep making killer hits like this, u'll beat out everyone else. stay-the-same, and keep on a-rockin'.!!! :^)
    btw: i'm totally jeaulous b/c u make these AWESOME hits, and i'm mad i couldn't think of them...! :^)
    bbeverlyon February 07, 2010   Link

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