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Paramore - 26

[Verse 1]
Man, you really know how to get someone down
Everything was fine, until you came around
And I've been chasing after dreamers in the clouds
After all wasn't I the one who said
To keep your feet on the ground?
Man, you really brought me back down

[Chorus]
Hold onto hope if you got it
Don't let it go for nobody
And they say that dreaming is free
But I wouldn't care what it cost me

[Verse 2]
You got me tied up, but I stay close to the window
And I talk to myself about the places that I used to go
I'm hoping someday maybe I'll just float away
And I'll forget every cynical thing you said
When you gonna hear me out?
Man, you really bring me down

[Chorus]
Hold onto hope if you got it
Don't let it go for nobody
And they say that dreaming is free
But I wouldn't care what it cost me

“26” is about not losing hope and staying a dreamer. It is a loose conceptual opposite to Paramore’s hit single “Brick by Boring Brick” from Brand New Eyes (2009), where Hayley criticised dreamers with no grounding in reality. As she has gotten older (now aged 28, as of the album’s release) she has become the person she sang about. Hayley explained this idea of conversing with a younger version of yourself in the band’s interview with Zane Lowe (see below). She also stated in a live acoustic venue that she feels this song is the most transparent of the album; it’s the one song that its emotions aren’t covered by the poppy and dancy melody.

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