"Careful" as written by and Hayley Nichole/farro Williams....
I settled down
A twisted up frown
Disguised as a smile, well
You would have never known

I had it all
But not what I wanted
Cause hope for me
Was a place uncharted
And overgrown

You'd make your way in
I'd resist you just like this

You can't tell me to feel
The truth never set me free
So, I did it myself

You can't be too careful anymore
When all that is waiting for you
Won't come any closer
You've got to reach out a little more
More
More
More, more

Open your eyes like I opened mine
It's only the real world,
A life you will never know

Shifting your weight
To throw off the pain
Well You can ignore it
But, only for so long

You look like I did
You resist me just like this

You can't tell me to heal
And, it hurts remembering
How it felt to shut down

You can't be too careful anymore
When all that is waiting for you
Won't come any closer
You've got to reach out a little more
More
More
More, more

The truth never set me free
The truth never set me free
The truth never set me free
So, I'll do it myself

You can't be too careful anymore
When all that is waiting for you
Won't come any closer
You've got to reach out

Can't be too careful anymore
When all that is waiting for you
Won't come any closer
You've got to reach out
More
More
More
More, more


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"Careful" as written by Hayley Nichole Williams Hayley Williams

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    General Commentdefinitely my favourite off brand new eyes :)
    romanceisdeadon September 21, 2009   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningHere is what it says for "Careful" in Hayley Williams Lyric Journal



    For pety reasons, I lived under a rock in a corner for over half of my teenage life. I closed myself off in order to sustain relationships with a limited amount of people. I thought I could keep on their good side if I just did this or that. I have since liberated myself to the freedom of following my heart instead of chasing others. When I see people I'm close to living the same prison-style life that I was forced into it hurts my heart. It makes me wonder why sometimes its so hard to clear the glass and look outside your little bubble. Go out and find adventure. Live like it's your last day. I have a favorite song for this idea "One Life, One Chance" by H2O, but now I can sing my own version.
    Paramoreprincess23on November 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think the song is about having a friend that refuses to accept christ... the begining verse is talking about how she used to think the exact same and think christ couldnt do anything for her. the second verse yalks about how she realiazed jesus is the truth and the only way, hence "Open your eyes
    Like I opened mine" and how it keeps saying "the truth never set me free ill do it myself" is the excuse her friend keeps giving her for not accepting jesus, and her old excuse too. and the chorus, "You can't be too careful anymore When all that is waiting for you Won't come any closer You've got to reach out a little more" is saying god has done everything to show her, and if she just reaches a little she can rceive all gods love.
    that what it means to me anyways...
    musicblaringforjesuson June 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is an amazing song!!!!!!!!!! its like she is saying that you have to reach for what you want it wont just come to you and if you want to be free you can't rely on anything you need to do it you self but in all you need to be careful. it is basically a song about life.
    phantommows221on September 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"The truth never set me free, so I did it myself". I think this is a song about someone who was in a lot pain due to past experiences, and was "shut down", and was waiting for it to go away, but decided that she couldn't wait around anymore, she had to fix things herself.

    Now she is preaching to everyone else, or maybe just a friend, and trying to get them to do the same. That's why she says "You look like I did, you resist me just like this: you can't tell to heal". This person is now in the same position she was.
    PurplePantheron October 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay, so, THIS is the song off BNE. I found a song by Paramore, same name, and it is them, but it's a completely different song and I've tried looking for it everywhere to see what its really called, etc., and it's like it doesn't exist. It's tripping me out! I wanna know wtf I found, lol. Did this happen to anyone else?
    DevourUson October 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow their sound has matured. but very good. excellent...
    i think it's about how you learn from the scars you receive.
    AlecsPenon October 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentParamore just Rocks plain and simple. Haley williams is a great artist she could put out I song that said almost anything and i'd listen 2 it haha but I'm sure glad she does sing songs with such conviction and great lyrics always. YOU GO GIRL| LOL
    BurriedHopeon July 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionAm I the only one who thought this was about an eating disorder?

    I settled down
    A twisted up frown
    Disguised as a smile, well
    You would have never known

    This person is hiding their depression behind a smile, and nobody ever figured it out.

    I had it all
    But not what I wanted
    Cause hope for me
    Was a place uncharted
    And overgrown

    This person supposedly had it all, (good family, good home, money) but also demons living in their head {but not what I wanted} They think there is no hope.

    You'd make your way in
    I'd resist you just like this

    The demons made their way into this person's brain, and they would resist but they are starting to agree

    You can't tell me to feel
    The truth never set me free
    So, I did it myself

    Maybe someone else knows about this, and they're trying to help this person, but they're resisting it. The "truth", (just eat healthy and exercise and you'll lose weight) wasn't working, so they found their own method (eating disorder)

    You can't be too careful anymore
    When all that is waiting for you
    Won't come any closer
    You've got to reach out a little more
    More
    More
    More, more

    This person isn't being careful, because they want to lose weight. And you've got to try harder (reach farther) or it won't work.

    Open your eyes like I opened mine
    It's only the real world,
    A life you will never know

    This person sees the world as it is, in it's full ugliness. But other people have a hard time seeing it for some reason, and some will never figure it out.

    Shifting your weight
    To throw off the pain
    Well You can ignore it
    But, only for so long

    This one just SCREAMS eating disorder to me. "Shifting your weight to throw off the pain" Losing weight so they demons in your head won't attack you so much. You try to ignore them and live a happy life, but they get to you, and break you down.

    You look like I did
    You resist me just like this

    Maybe someone else who went through the same thing knows, and they're remembering how they once were, and how they refused help.

    You can't tell me to heal
    And, it hurts remembering
    How it felt to shut down

    Again, here, this person is refusing help, and maybe they were lower, and they're remembering how it was when they were completely cut off to the world, and just totally depressed.

    This is just how I saw it.
    kyluvsmcron June 14, 2013   Link
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    General Commentsooo amazing.
    hobomclaceyon September 21, 2009   Link

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