"Emergency" is a song by American rock band Paramore. It was released on October 21, 2006 as the first single from their debut album, All We Know Is Falling. It was released on 7" vinyl in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2006 and contained the B-side "Oh, Star," and a poster of the band. The song was written by Hayley Williams and Josh Farro. It failed to chart in the United States, however, it was released in Kerrang!s "Class of '06" compilation CD, calling it one of the best rock tracks of that year.
The song is about the fact that love is taken for granted, and how most relationships are in emergency status. It is also about Williams' witnessing her parents' argument and failing marriage as a child. During an interview with the February 2008 edition of Alternative Press, Williams said, "I remember actually walking out the door with my mom that night and standing in between my parents and screaming "Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!".
The music video was directed by Shane Drake, who also directed the video for their previous single, "Pressure." The video begins with Hayley Williams and Jeremy Davis sitting in a derelict room, and appear to have cuts among their skin. The other band members walk into the room with cuts and bandages among their bodies as well. The director soon walks into the room and throws Williams a carnation, then signals them to follow him outside of the building. He leads them to a set with cameras and lights, where the band perform the rest of the song.
According to Williams, the carnations worn by each band member in the video represent "emotional baggage." The dress and shirt worn by Williams and Josh Farro are featured in the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in the Warped Tour exhibit.