Diving Into The Lyrics

How’s it going everyone!

I’ve always been very fond of Tyler Joseph‘s songwriting. The difference between the lyrics and how the song sounds and is put together it’s just so pretty damn amazing. There are some songs that are literally so deep and so truthful yet sound so hyped and cheerful.

Here I am to review some of the lyrics in some songs I truly love from the sensational Twenty One Pilots!

Enjoy!

Let’s start with “Bandito

I created this world

To feel some control

Destroy it if I want

So I sing, Sahlo Folina […]

Track 11 from their recent hit album Trench, which was released in 2018.

I have been so obsessed with this song for a while now! Honestly, I just adore how mellow the song starts off then literally goes from 0 to 100 really quick. Although I am not so sure what Sahlo Folina might mean, but I did hear that it could be an anagram for “Ohio Fans” which honestly would make sense, I think.

The thought of being able to create your own world can be something magnificent because you can control every little thing. Have it become one of the greatest things or as Tyler says “destroy it if I want” which to me, truly hits home.

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While you’re doing fine, there’s some people and I

Who have a really tough time getting through this life

So excuse us while we sing to the sky […]

***

We’re broken people […]

Track 7 from their album Vessel which was released back in 2013. To this day, they have made history to have all of the tracks has become Gold Certified with two separate albums! Congrats guys!

One thing I really like about this band is that they put out songs talking about those bad thoughts even when some artists “sugar coat” it. Unlike Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. Though I do understand why some would, don’t get me wrong sometimes producers don’t a certain song to be too “deep” if you get what I mean.

Some days I spend my time singing alone because apparently sad songs make me so much better afterwords. There is a large majority of people who are suffering with mental illnesses and one way to cope with it is by listening to music.

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Migraine

And sometimes death seems better than the migraine in my head

Am I the only one I know

Waging my wars behind my face and above my throat

Shadows will scream that I’m alone

But I know, we’ve came this far, kid […]

***

I begin to assemble what weapons I could find

‘Cause sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind

Track 3 also from the album Vessel.

Listening to their exclusive commentary section of the album Tyler talks about his experiences whilst writing this song. He actually had a migraine that day

“I was trying to make that a metaphoric thing, where there’s a lot going on in his head…and what’s really cool is that this is one of those songs that as a songwriter, I like to kind of just emit some sort of message, almost like a ripple in the water and when I feel that ripple bounce off of someone else who resonates with what it is I’m going through and it starts coming back at me it’s just a really cool feeling of you know, I’m not alone in what I’m going through. So Migraine is one those, kind of, almost a distress call type of song lyrically—and then it’s [got a] pretty dirty beat too.”

It isn’t easy at all to try to tune out the loud screaming voices in our heads. However, no one is alone. We (some of us) are all going through this battle together whether it feels like there isn’t a damn soul who doesn’t understand us.

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“Kitchen Sink”

Are you searching for purpose?

Then write something, yeah it might be worthless

Then paint something then, it might be wordless

Pointless curses, nonsense verses

You’ll see purpose start to surface

No one else is dealing with your demons

Meaning maybe defeating them

Could be the beginning of your meaning, friend […]

Track 8 from their album Regional At Best, which was released back 2011.

Tyler Joseph told via YouTube interview:

The whole concept of that song is that I feel that humans are always struggling when it comes to purpose, trying to figure out their purpose is, what purpose even is, what’s the point, justifying your own existence.

A lot of kids and people my age struggle with “what’s the point,” and with the logo, what it really means is it’s an encouragement. When someone asks me what the logo means to me, the logo means something to me because I made it mean something to me. That’s the point. The point is that I created something that only I understand and whether or not I decide to disclose the meaning of it, that’s the beginning of purpose for me.

The meaning of purpose for me, is by creating something, if it be by writing lyrics, painting a picture, by expressing yourself through art…if it’s photography or music or theater, or whatever it is. It doesn’t have to be artistic, but if you create something and only you know the meaning of it, that’s the beginning of purpose for you.

You can’t really find this song or this album on Spotify nor on their YouTube channel. Luckily, the clique has shared the album on social media so it’s obvious to find nowadays.

This one I find sad that hardly anyone is talking about it. I love this song to bits it holds a special place in my heart because of how spectacular the meaning it holds. It’s amazing how people can come together to help each other out in times of need.

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Neon Gravestones

Promise me this

If I lose myself

You won’t mourn a day

And you’ll move onto someone else […]

***

Find your grandparents or someone of age

Pay some respects from the path that they paved

To life, they were dedicated

Now, that should be celebrated

Track 7 from the album Trench.

Josh Dun told via AltPress:

I think we have always kind of seen eye-to-eye on a lot of different subjects…From political things to spiritual things. Which is why I think we started getting along right away. Like Tyler says, there can be sensitivity within those kinds of things so I want to find a balance between something that’s just not too sensitive but not too extreme. [The song] is something that I sat with for a bit, but I think that it’s kind of bold—and I like that.

“Glorifying suicide” yeah, that’s something that has been going around these past several years. On the news we’ve been seeing so many famous actors, musicians, or-literally anyone committing suicide and since a lot of us look up to these people it sort of brings different thoughts to ourselves. What Tyler is worried about is the fact that some will follow those footsteps saying that any type of suicide is wrong even if you’re a famous person with a significant following.

Raising awareness is great and all to beat the stigma to let everyone know that there are other solutions to deal with mental illnesses. However, suicide should never be the answer.

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And lastly, we end with “Truce

Now the night is coming to an end

The sun will rise and we will try again

Stay alive, stay alive for me […]

Simple as that. Stay alive |-/

Take care!

Vivian

One Comment Add yours

  1. I found you on the twenty-one-pilots tag and this post is beautiful! Your descriptions are so clear and I loved every sentence! Those songs are some of my favorites too. I love twenty one pilots because I’m always drawn to lyrics with actual meaning, and they definitely deliver on that.
    And just a little tidbit: Tyler on an interview said that “sahlo folina” was just filler that he had made up for that portion of the song, which he originally intended to replace. But then he decided to keep it, because it flowed so well, and he loved giving purpose to something that meant nothing before. So he turned to phrase into a cry of help for the banditøs.
    Thought that was an interesting explanation because I was also wondering what the phrase meant!
    Anyway, lovely post ❤️
    power to the local dreamer ||-//

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