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Paramore - For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic

Just talk yourself up...
And tear yourself down.
You've hit your one wall...
Now find a way around.
Well, what's the problem?
You've got a lot of nerve!

So what did you think I would say?
No, you can't run away, no you can't run away.
So what'd you think I would say?
No, you can't run away, No you can't run away.
You wouldn't.

I never wanted to say this...
You never wanted to stay.
I put my faith in you, so much faith,
And then you just threw it away.
You threw it away.

I'm not so naive.
My sorry eyes can see...
The way you fight shy,
Of almost everything.
Well, if you give up...
You'll get what you deserve.

So what did you think I would say?
No, you can't run away, No you can't run away.
So what did you think I would say?
No, you can't run away, No you can't run away
You wouldn't

I never wanted to say this...
You never wanted to stay.
I put my faith in you, so much faith,
And then you just threw it away.
You threw it away.

You were finished long before
We had even seen the start.
Why don't you stand up, be a man about it?
Fight with your bare hands about it now.

I never wanted to say this. (say this)
You never wanted to stay, well did you?
I put my faith in you, so much faith,
And then you just threw it away.

I never wanted to say this...
You never wanted to stay.
I put my faith in you, so much faith,
And then you just threw it away.

"For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic" is the first track off of Paramore's second album "RIOT!" The track lays an energetic song about putting one’s faith in someone else and seeing them ‘blow it’. It shows Hayley addressing this person directly and telling they how much they trusted them and how hurt and disappointed she feels that they betrayed her. Josh Farro composed the song and eventually, Hayley Williams wrote the lyrics. It’s rumored that this song got its name randomly when Hayley Williams was feeling pressured to name the song. Josh Farro stated: "[The song is about] putting your faith in someone and they blow it. I wrote the music specifically to be awesome live and to be extremely energetic. It all came out at once. I showed it to Hayley and she just nailed it lyrically. She completely got the feeling I wanted the song to have." "The first song on the record (“For a Pessimist I’m Pretty Optimistic”), I think we reworked that song four or five times before we even recorded it. It was just one of those songs where it didn’t know what it wanted to be, but it became the first song on the record." – David Bendeth "i was pissed that day in the studio but really stoked and confident about the record. we had no time left to name songs. hence this title and let the flames begin. we always wait too long" - Hayley Williams

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