"Renegade" as written by Hayley Williams and Taylor York...
The grass wasn’t green enough here
After watering it with my tears
I’m not sure where you went
Now we are just past tense

The snakes, they're slithering in
Chasing me to my end
I can’t say where that is
I’m running again

Oh, when I get there
It won’t be far enough
I’m a renegade
It’s in my blood

If ever I get there
It won’t be fast enough
I’m a renegade
I always was

The spark never lit up a fire
Though I tried and tried and tried
The wind came through your lungs
A hurricane from your tongue

I’ll keep your secrets with me
Right behind my teeth
Your anger, your anchor
But I’ll sail much further on
Ah, on

Oh, when I get there
It won’t be far enough
I’m a renegade
It’s in my blood

If ever I get there
It won’t be fast enough
I’m a renegade
I always was

I’ll keep running
I’ll keep running again
Keep running
I’ll keep running
Running, running
Keep running, running
Running

Oh, when I get there
It won’t be far enough
I’m a renegade
It’s in my blood

If ever I get there
It won’t be fast enough
I’m a renegade
It's in my blood
I'm a renegade
I always was


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  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionThis song is very straightforward. Very empowering. (:

    Here are the actual lyrics:

    "And the grass wasn't green enough here
    After watering it with my tears
    I'm not sure where you went
    Now we are, just past tense
    The snakes, they are slithering in
    Chasing me to my end
    I can't say where that is
    I'm running again

    And when I get there
    it won't be far enough
    I'm a renegade
    It's in my blood
    If ever I get there
    It won't be fast enough
    I'm a renegade
    I always was

    And the spark never lit up a fire
    Though I tried and tried and tried
    The wind came from your lungs
    A hurricane from your tongue
    And I'll keep your secrets with me
    Right behind my teeth
    Your anger, your anchor
    I'll sail more further on
    Ah, on

    And when I get there
    it won't be far enough
    I'm a renegade
    It's in my blood
    If ever I get there
    It won't be fast enough
    I'm a renegade
    I always was

    (Background vocals)
    I'll, running
    I'll, running again
    Running, I'll, running

    (Hayley)
    Keep running, running, running
    Running, running, running

    And when I get there
    it won't be far enough
    I'm a renegade
    It's in my blood
    If ever I get there
    It won't be fast enough
    I'm a renegade
    It's in my blood
    I'm a renegade
    I always was"
    WhisperedSecretson October 13, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI believe this song deals a lot with the Farro's departure. It was a rough time for the band, and they always express their frustration in song.

    "The grass wasn’t green enough here
    After watching you with my tears
    I’m not sure where you went
    We are, just past tense"

    This refers to although Hayley tried as hard as she could to make everything alright for the band, Josh and Zac were not happy. Meaning the grass wasn't green enough. When they left and the blog came out, Hayley was shocked that it ended so badly and harshly, which refers to not being sure where they went. And now that things have gone so bad, they're only past tense. Things will never be the same. Ever.

    "The snakes, they are slithering in
    Chasing me to my end
    Can’t say where that is
    I’m running again"

    The blog post forced Hayley to confront a lot of things that she didn't feel was necessary. Now everybody is accusing her of dominating the band and being selfish. Instead of dealing with all this negative feedback, Hayley just wants to run away from it all just like they did in 2008 when they canceled to 2008 tour and Hayley never opened up til the recording of Brand New Eyes.


    Oh, when I get there
    it won’t be far enough
    I’m a renegade
    It’s in my blood
    If ever I get there
    It won’t be fast enough
    I’m a renegade
    I always was

    This chorus is great. Although Hayley keeps trying, she will always be a renegade to them. But she is who she is - its in her blood. Hayley accepts that things were not good enough for the brothers and she can't change that they weren't because she can't change who she is.

    "Well, your spark never lit up the fire
    Though we tried and tried and tried
    The wind came through your lungs
    A hurricane from your tongue"

    Again, Hayley is trying. But we see the Farros were not in her eyes. Their blog caused the split to be unnecessarily nasty which caused "a hurricane" from their tonuge.

    "I’ll keep your secrets with me
    Right behind my teeth
    The anger, the anchor
    I’ll sail more further on
    Ah, on"

    Hayley will be civil and not reveal anything bad about their past as they have done to her. Because by doing so, they are letting their anger hold them back. Their anger is the anchor because it's them holding the grudge. And by them holding the grudge..it's only hurting on person - themselves. Hayley will let go of it and let the past be the past to sail further on.



    I’ll keep running
    I’ll keep running again
    keep running
    I’ll keep running
    running, running
    Keep running, running
    running

    Hayley sings this part perfectly to fit in with the emotion. It shows her breaking out that she is running from it and how frustrated she is with herself for doing so. But then she breaks out into the chorus to let fans know she's not running anymore.

    (:
    RenegadeRunawayTrainon March 31, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI honestly believe this is a forward song from Haley saying she's sorry for being sorry for who she is in the most possible sincere way she can.

    The grass wasn’t green enough here
    After washing it with my tears
    I’m not sure where you went
    We are, just past tense

    It was said by the Farro brothers that the band was falling apart, and wasn't as put together as everyone thought it to be. Even though the brothers didn't really believe she was trying to help she confides that it was heart breaking to watch as she states she watered the grass with her tears, but all she did didn't help. Now she knows they are no longer together though she can't quite understand why she just knows that what once was is no longer there.

    The snakes, they are slithering in
    Chasing me to my end
    Can’t say where that is
    I’m running again

    Here I believe she is stating she knows she made some mistakes possibly dealing with the case about her manager as well as how the Farro brothers believed that it was all about her, but it was her manager who wanted her to be a solo artist. Maybe it's a way of saying that her running away from the problem made it worse, like the 2008 concert, but she can't take it back.

    Oh, when I get there
    it won’t be far enough
    I’m a renegade
    It’s in my blood
    If ever I get there
    It won’t be fast enough
    I’m a renegade
    I always was

    Referring to this 'end' she is saying that it will never satisfy her. She openly admits its because she a rebel, or somewhat of a traitor. I think it's her way of apologizing of how she is but that doesn't mean she is ever going to change. also that even though the Farro brothers and her only acquired a major problem when they were famous she has always been this way so she also may be referring to something about how the brothers judged her for being the center of attention and is apologizing for how she seemed to be acting, but she's always been a 'renegade'- she's always been this way.

    Well, your spark never lit up the fire
    Though we tried and tried and tried
    The wind came through your lungs
    A hurricane from your tongue
    I’ll keep your secrets with me
    Right behind my teeth
    The anger, the anchor
    I’ll sail more further on
    Ah, on

    In a sense I think it's her way of saying it just wasn't meant to be, and that it's okay because at least they all tried, but she is still a little bittersweet about it because of the words the Farro brother had said in their post for leaving the band. She confides that she'll still keep all The secrets she may or may not have as a peace keeper because she doesn't want to hold a grudge about what happened, but if the brothers are to they will only be hurting themselves because she is leaving it in the past.

    Oh, when I get there
    it won’t be far enough
    I’m a renegade
    It’s in my blood
    If ever I get there
    It won’t be fast enough
    I’m a renegade
    I always was

    Again she is stating she won't ever change, and she sorry, but she won't.

    I’ll keep running
    I’ll keep running again
    keep running
    I’ll keep running
    running, running
    Keep running, running
    running

    I think this is a way of saying she going to continue making mistakes because that just what she is, and even though some may believe it to be selfish of her she is always going to do what comes naturally.

    Oh, when I get there
    it won’t be far enough
    I’m a renegade
    It’s in my blood
    If ever I get there
    It won’t be fast enough
    I’m a renegade
    I always was

    And that just happens to be a rebel of sorts, and maybe she may not like what she does sometimes, but it's her. She's not going to change who she is even if she is sorry for her mistakes.

    I think it's more of a peace offering to the Farro brothers. It's kinda like "I made some mistakes, but so did you, it just who we are"
    Lexi47on July 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell,maybe this song is about that kind of a person who left everything and gone like she/he never been there or that kind of a person who tried to make people feel like they weren't good enough.
    kate121on November 04, 2011   Link
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    My Opinionwell,maybe this song is about that kind of a person who left everything and gone like she/he never been there or that kind of a person who tried to make people feel like they weren't good enough.
    kate121on November 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI honestly view this song as one of the most heavily religiously influenced Paramore has done. I think the overall theme is talking about being a Christian on earth and how Christians are "outsiders" in this world. I also think a comment is about searching for earthly goods and never being completely satisfied with them and always wanting more.

    "The grass wasn�t green enough here
    After watching you with my tears
    I�m not sure where you went
    We are, just past tense"

    Talking about how what she has now isn't enough so she broke up with a current significant other to try to search for more.

    "Oh, when I get there
    it won�t be far enough"

    Whatever she thinks she want, if it's found on this Earth, will never be enough.

    "I�m a renegade
    I always was"

    Just basically talking about how Christians really are "renegades" on Earth and how what we believe is different than what the world often says.

    "Well, your spark never lit up the fire
    Though we tried and tried and tried
    The wind came through your lungs
    A hurricane from your tongue"

    The spark, being the efforts to get Earthly satisfaction, never lit up the fire, never achieved what they really wanted and how despite that they kept trying.



    Liva148on November 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song's obviously about the whole 'Farros leaving Paramore' drama, but I've recently started thinking it was written in Josh's point of view. (And he's been given a positive viewpoint by Hayley, for that matter.)
    In that whole situation, Josh was the one angriest with Hayley and the band, so having read the definition of a 'renegade', I consider him to be that, rather than Hayley.
    cadence519on August 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHayley Williams is beautiful and has an incredible voice and personality, I love her!!!
    Lumiere7on December 08, 2012   Link

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