Twenty One Pilots consists of two dudes, Tyler Joseph who sings and plays the piano, bass and ukulele, and Josh Dun who is the drummer (and trumpet player). From the course of listening to Twenty One Pilots, from their album “Vessel” with the electronic pumped up beat, the last thing I would have guessed is that they mention God in their music. It took me awhile to figure it out, but with deep and intense research on the internet for many hours, I finally got the answer.
YES! If you look a little deeper and think about it, there are actually many lyrics and whole songs that reference to God. Also, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun themselves are dedicated Christians. Tyler Joseph before Twenty One Pilots wrote and created music with his pastor at his church. Here’s a link to one of the songs which Tyler cowrote and sang in.
Now, back to the main question, Twenty One Pilots talking about the Gospel in their music? where you might ask?
Well one very clear verse that I will briefly explain how it talks about the Gospel is in their first full length album which was self titled, “Twenty One Pilots”, the song “Taxi Cab” with the verse,
“We’re driving toward the morning sun
Where all your blood is washed away
And all you did will be undone”
Now, how does this exactly speak Gospel? Well simply by how the Kingdom or “Heaven” is referred to the Sun or Sunlight, which in the first stanza it says “We’re driving toward the morning sun” hencing that we are on our way to the promiseland or having the capability to go to heaven once we die.
In the second stanza, “Where all your blood is washed away” which referring the the previous line about the kingdom of heaven and going there after we die, this line indirectly talks about Jesus, which *cough cough* IS THE GOSPEL! Jesus died for our sins so that we could be free, our blood is our sins which reminds us that we are human and not God, that we do sin everyday, little or big, and that Jesus came down and died for us cleansing you from your past and future sins.
The last line, “And all you did will be undone”, with what I just stated, Jesus cleansed us of our sins, saying that whatever mistake or bad choice(sin) you made, because Jesus loves you so much, he sacrificed himself for us so our debt could be paid and we could be free.
I don’t think many people have really understood this line like the meaning that I believe Tyler wrote for those who have faith just like him, but it’s soooo freaking awesome how Tyler puts his on faith into his work, but not like flashy “I LOVE GOD AND IM A GOOD CHRISTIAN” no. His lyrics have hidden meaning to which he wants everyone to relate to or take it the way they feel connected to. I feel like Tyler when he writes lyrics want people who are lost to be found with their music, and that’s a wonderful and beautiful thing if you ask me.
Taxi Cab is one of the most straight up Gospel reference in their music in my opinion but they do have many other songs to which some could argue are about faith or not, but coming from a Christian background, studying and analyzing lyrics, and talking to fellow hardcore Twenty One Pilot fans, some other songs that hint faith in the lyrics are:
- Addict With A Pen
- March to Sea
- Taxi Cab
- A Car, A Torch, A Death
- Implicit Demand For Proof
- Fall Away
Regional at Best:
- Be Concerned
- Holding On To You
- Ode To Sleep
- Car Radio
- Fake You Out
- The Judge
I have noticed that sense I posted this originally two years ago before blurryface came out and the clique has grown, many people have pointed out (in the comments) about how blurryface songs talk about God as well. It’s true! I know that Tyler has a lot of insecurities and has been in dark spots in his life. The entire concept of Blurryface is controversial and a conversation being discussed about to who really is Blurryface and why does he want me dead?
From some of the songs listed above, one song that particularly stands out to me is Doubt.
Repeating simple phrases, someone holy insisted,
I want the markings made on my skin,
To mean something to me again,
Hope you haven’t left without me.
Hope you haven’t left without me, please
Simple. Phrases? Bible verses. Holy insisted? Pastor, God, Disciple, etc. Marks on my skin? Tyler’s tattoos. We all know that his tattoos have a symbolic meaning, some say they know the story behind it, and some sources say that Tyler doesn’t want the internet to know and to have that conversation with him about the meaning over tattoos…but through conversations within the clique, his tattoos are a reflection of his faith and for him to cry out wanting to have his tattoos to mean something to him again- referring that his relationship with God is somewhere in this mess we call life, to “hope you haven’t left without me”-!!!!! THIS IS HIM CRYING OUT TO GOD. Tyler is hoping that while Tyler is going through his dark time, as he is questioning things and losing focus of God, he’s hoping that God doesn’t forget about him and leave him. This song almost brings full conviction and almost a reminder to Christians.
Again- one thing that I have admired and found is that the lyrics that Tyler creates can fit into any background and situation- whether you are Christian and identify with the lyrics as faith driven or as a Non Believer and see his words more literal and seeking them as words crying out for help and trying to hold on when the tough times try to drown you and take control.
Make these lyrics your own meaning, identify in them in the way that helps you stay alive. I believe Tyler and Josh just want to save lives, make people feel important and that they aren’t alone when they’re put in difficult situations.
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