Song of the Day #3,552: ’26’ – Paramore

Paramore’s latest album After Laughter has been on steady rotation in my household lately. It’s the rare record all four of us like.

The tracks are mostly upbeat pop songs but today’s SOTD, ’26,’ is an exception. Written by lead singer Hayley Williams as a message to her younger self, the song celebrates the power of hope. In earlier songs, she wrote about staying grounded and not getting lost in the clouds, but here she calls out that worldview as cynical.

In essence, this is a millennial update on the old Bob Dylan line “I was so much older then; I’m younger than that now.”

It’s a beautiful song, and one of my favorites on an excellent album.

[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

[Bridge]
Reality will break your heart
Survival will not be the hardest part
It’s keeping all your hopes alive
When all the rest of you has died
So let it break your heart

[Chorus]
Hold onto hope if you got it
Don’t let it go for nobody
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

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,552: ’26’ – Paramore

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Lovely song. Maybe we’ll play the album during our Mississippi River drive today.😊

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