you gotta kill your mind

so i wrote this in the youtube comments but i also wanted to put it here

so this is just my interpretation, but we first see tyler being driven in the car looking uncomfortable and slightly scared but not actively trying to escape. we later see the hooded figure driving, i think that must be blurryface. the car could represent tyler’s mind or tyler’s life but either way it’s obvious that blurryface is in control. blurryface is wearing his seatbelt, tyler is not. i don’t really know what that represents but perhaps that blurryface is comfortable and wants to remain where he is and tyler doesn’t. however, even though tyler looks scared he doesn’t leave which reminds me of glowing eyes “do i want to say goodbye to all the glowing eyes, i’m holding onto what i know”, people have speculated that ‘glowing eyes’ are tyler interpretation of depression, similar to blurryface’s glowing red eyes. as the music video goes on, the car starts to fall apart, and blurryface disappears, as the car breaks more, tyler stands up, this could be him asserting himself, and he leaves the car to join josh, perhaps symbolising that he’s strong with josh. also, the car explodes which reminded me of “sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind”
however, the video ends with tyler back in the car being driven around again, presumably by blurryface, this could be saying that even when tyler thinks he’s defeated blurryface, he still manages to come back. sorry this is so long and rambly but i hope this opens up discussion |-/

​ edit: (21/3/17) i just realised that the first lyrics to holding onto you apply massively to the music video, ‘i’m taking over my body, no more shotty’, shotty referring to riding shotgun, and not being in control of a car… or a body, or a mind, or a life

The signs as Twenty-One Pilots lyrics


// Kitchen Sink //

Nobody thinks what you think, no one
Empathy might be on the brink of extinction
They will play a game and say
They know what you’re going through
And I tried to come up with an artistic way to say
They don’t know you, and neither do I
So here’s a prime example of a stand up guy
Who hates what he believes and loves it at the same time.

// The Judge //

You’re the judge, oh no, set me free,
You’re the judge, oh no, set me free,
I know my soul’s freezing,

Hell’s hot for good reason, so please,

I don’t know if this song is a surrender or a revel,

I don’t know if this one is about me or the devil.


// The Run And Go //

Don’t wanna call you in the nighttime
Don’t wanna give you all my pieces
Don’t wanna hand you all my trouble
Don’t wanna give you all my demons
You’ll have to watch me struggle
From several rooms away
But tonight I’ll need you to stay.

// Not Today //

I don’t know why, I just feel I’m better off,
Staying in the same room I was born in,
I look outside, and see a whole world better off,
Without me in it trying to transform it,You are out of my mind, you aren’t seeing my side,
You waste all this time trying to get to me,

But you are out of my mind.


// Fake You Out //

I, I’ll never be, be what you see inside
You say I’m not alone, but I am petrified
You say that you are close, is close the closest star?
You just feel twice as far, you just feel twice as far.

// Polarize //

Help me polarize, help me polarize,
Help me down,
Those stairs is where I’ll be hiding all my problems,
Help me polarize, help me polarize,
Help me out,
My friends and I, we’ve got a lot of problems.

Polarize is taking your disguises,
Separating them, splitting them up from wrong and right,
It’s deciding where to die and deciding where to fight,
Deny, deny, denial.


// Trees //

I can feel your breath.
I can feel my death.
I want to know you.
I want to see.
I want to say hello.

// Tear In My Heart //

You fell asleep in my car, I drove the whole time,
But that’s ok, I’ll just avoid the holes so you sleep fine,
I’m driving here I sit, cursing my government,
For not using my taxes to fill holes with more cement.

Sometimes you’ve got to bleed to know, That you’re alive and have a soul, But it takes someone to come around to show you how.


// Screen //

I do not know why I would go
In front of you and hide my soul
Cause you’re the only one who knows it,
Yeah you’re the only one who knows it

And I will hide behind my pride
Don’t know why I think I can lie
Cause there’s a screen on my chest
Yeah there’s a screen on my chest.

// Lane Boy //

But I know a thing or two about pain and darkness
If it wasn’t for this music, I don’t know how I would’ve fought this
Regardless, all these songs I’m hearing are so heartless
Don’t trust a perfect person and don’t trust a song that’s flawless.


// Car Radio //

Sometimes quiet is violent
I find it hard to hide it
My pride is no longer inside
It’s on my sleeve
My skin will scream
Reminding me of
Who I killed inside my dream
I hate this car that I’m driving
There’s no hiding for me
I’m forced to deal with what I feel
There is no distraction to mask what is real
I could pull the steering wheel.

// We Don’t Believe What’s On T.V. //

We don’t believe what’s on TV,
Because it’s what we want to see,
And what we want, we know we can’t believe,
We have all learned to kill our dreams.


// Glowing Eyes //

We all are stranger creatures than when we all started out as kids,
Culture forbids,
We have romantic fantasies about what dying truly is,
Fall off the grid.

// Doubt //

Scared of my own image, scared of my own immaturity,
Scared of my own ceiling, scared I’ll die of uncertainty,
Fear might be the death of me, fear leads to anxiety,
Don’t know what’s inside of me.


// Migraine //

Something you won’t forget, it’s all about my forehead,
And how it is a door that holds back contents,
That make Pandora’s Box’s contents look non-violent,
Behind my eyelids are islands of violence,
My mind’s ship-wrecked, this is the only land my mind could,
Find, I did not know it was such a violent island,
Full of tidal waves, suicidal crazed lions,
They’re trying to eat me, blood running down their chin,
And I know that I can fight or I can let the lion win,
I begin to assemble what weapons I can find,
‘Cause sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind.

// Fairly Local //

I’m not evil to the core
What I shouldn’t do I will fight
I know I’m emotional
What I wanna save I will try
I know who I truly am
I truly do have a chance
Tomorrow I’ll switch the beat
To avoid yesterday’s dance.


// Lovely //

I’ll pray that one day you see
The only difference between life and dying
Is one is trying, that’s all we’re going to do
So try to love me and I’ll try to save you.

Won’t you stay alive
I’ll take you on a ride
I will make you believe you are lovely.

// Ride //

I just wanna stay in the sun where I find
I know it’s hard sometimes
Pieces of peace in the sun’s peace of mind
I know it’s hard sometimes
Yeah, I think about the end just way too much
But it’s fun to fantasize
On my enemies I wouldn’t wish who I was
But it’s fun to fantasize

Oh, oh, I’m falling, so I’m taking my time on my ride.


// House Of Gold //

I will make you queen of everything you see,
I’ll put you on the map,
I’ll cure you of disease.

Let’s say we up and left this town,
And turned our future upside down.
We’ll make pretend that you and me,
Lived ever after happily.

// Stressed Out //

Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol’ days,
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out.

We used to play pretend, give each other different names,
We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away,
Used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face,
Saying, “Wake up, you need to make money.”


// Forest //

I don’t know why I feed on emotion
There’s a stomach inside my brain
I don’t wanna be heard
I want to be listened to
Does it bother anyone else
That someone else has your name?

// Message Man //

A loser hides behind a mask of my disguise,
And who I am today is worse than other times,
You don’t know what I’ve done, I’m wanted and on the run.
I’m wanted and on the run.
So I’m taking this moment to live in the future, Release me from the present,
I’m obsessing all these questions,
Why I’m in denial that they tried the suicidal session,
Please use discretion when you’re messing with the message man,
These lyrics aren’t for everyone, only few understand.


// Holding On To You //

You are surrounding all my surroundings,
Sounding down the mountain range of my left-side brain,
You are surrounding all my surroundings,
Twisting the kaleidoscope behind both of my eyes.

// Goner //

I’m a goner, somebody catch my breath,
I’m a goner, somebody catch my breath,
I want to be known by you,
I want to be known by you.Though I’m weak and beaten down,
I’ll slip away into this sound,
The ghost of you is close to me,
I’m inside-out, you’re underneath.

Twenty One Pilots — Vessel Album  {Sentence Starters}

  • “I’m insignificant.“
  • “I’m trying to sleep.”
  • “We’re broken people.”
  • “Thank God it’s Friday.”
  • “Will you take care of me?“
  • “Sometimes quiet is violent.”
  • “Am I right? Of course I am.”
  • “Do I threaten all your plans?“
  • “I can’t take them on my own.”
  • “Stay alive… stay alive for me.”
  • “Fight it. Take the pain, ignite it.”
  • “I swear I heard demons yelling.”
  • “I asked forgiveness three times.”
  • “But, tonight, I’ll need you to stay.”
  • “Don’t know why I think I could lie.”
  • “Some see a pen, I see a harpoon.“
  • “I must’ve forgot, you can’t trust me.”
  • “I kind of like it when I make you cry.”
  • “Yeah, you’re the only one who knows it.”
  • “You say I’m not alone, but I am petrified.”
  • “Please tell them you have no plans for me.“
  • “'Cause I’m twisted up. I’m twisted up inside.”
  • “I will make you queen of everything you see.”
  • “Why it’s got to be like this? Is this living free?”
  • “And I have news for you: you must obey me.“
  • “I don’t know why they always seem so dismal.”
  • “Oh dear, I don’t know if we know why we’re here.”
  • “You should take my life, you should take my soul.”
  • “'Cause sometimes to stay alive, you gotta kill your mind.”
  • “I have killed a man and all I know is I am on the run and go.”
  • “We’ll make pretend that you and me lived ever after, happily.”
  • “Sometimes death seems better than the migraine in my head.”
  • “I’m pleading please, oh please, on my knees repeatedly asking!”
  • “Don’t wanna hand you all my trouble. Don’t wanna give you all my demons.”
  • “I’m forced to deal with what I feel. There is no distraction to mask what is real.”
  • “While you’re doing fine, there’s some people and I who have a really tough time getting through this life.”
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Request: Can I request a Josh imagine where the reader has a tattoo of “sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind” and they’re dating and he sees it and he’s really flattered and it’s really fluffy?

josh dun x reader

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Originally posted by sick-of-waking-up

Growing up in Columbus Ohio, you were able to get into twenty one pilots very early. Once you turned 18 you knew you wanted to get a tattoo with some twenty one pilots theme. When vessel came out, years later a lyric stood out to you: “Sometimes to stay alive you have to kill your mind.” The moment you heard that lyric you knew that is what you wanted tattooed.

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