The Only Exception Chords by Paramore

As a guitar player, the obvious yet ultimate goal is to be able to play songs. However, if you are first starting out it can be hard to find easy guitars songs to play that aren’t too hard. The good thing is that some of the best songs ever written are the most simple ones.

Here are the chords and lyrics for Paramore’s The Only Exception from their “Brand New Eyes” album. It uses the most basic guitar chords and has a swung 6/8 rhythm. If you are new to strumming, or unfamiliar with 6/8 strumming patterns, you might want to check out our guitar lesson on 6/8 strumming patterns.

Guitar Chords Used in the Song

G major chordD minor chordC major seventh chordD major chordA minor chordF major chord

Capo 4 (what’s a capo?)

G                                 Dm                   Cma7
When I was younger I saw my daddy cry and curse at the wind
-  G                                                Dm         Cmaj7
He broke his own heart and I watched as he tried to reassemble it
-   G                                      Dm         Cma7
And my momma swore that she would never let herself forget
-   G                                                  Dm                  Cmaj7
And that was the day that I promised I'd never sing of love if it does not exist

-           G
But darling you are the only exception,
Dm          Cmaj7
you are the only exception,
G
you are the only exception,
Dm          Cmaj7
you are the only exception

G                                 Dm                    Cmaj7
Maybe I know somewhere deep in my soul that love never lasts
-   G                                         Dm                      Cmaj7
And we've got to find other ways to make it alone but keep a straight face
-   G                                         Dm         C
And I've always lived like this keeping a comfortable distance
-   G                                              Dm              Cmaj7
And up until now I had sworn to myself that I'm content with loneliness
-
Cause none of it was worth the risk

G
You are the only exception,
Dm          Cmaj7
you are the only exception,
G
you are the only exception,
Dm          Cmaj7
you are the only exception

Am G D Am G D

Am                                                G                           D
I've got a tight grip on reality, but I can't let go of what's in front of me here
-           Am
I know your leaving in the morning when you wake up
-        G                                  D
Leave me with some kind of proof it's not a dream
C
Whoa, oh, oh

G
You are the only exception,
Dm          Cmaj7
you are the only exception,
G
you are the only exception,
Dm          Cmaj7
you are the only exception

G
You are the only exception,
Dm          Cmaj7
you are the only exception,
G
you are the only exception,
Dm          Cmaj7
you are the only exception

-   F         C         G
And I'm on my way to believing,
-      F         C          G
Oh and I'm on my way to believing

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