Stressed Out, Twenty One Pilots

Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots was released Tuesday and I have not stopped listening to it since. I have watched over and over the music video, trying to find the hidden message, the little details, the meaning of every artistic thing involved between the other music videos (Fairly Local and Tear in My Heart) and Stressed Out. There must be a reason why they released these three songs in the order that they have. Tyler and Josh are too smart and witty to just randomly select songs off the new upcoming album, Blurryface.

But because I’m still analyzing and working on that post, I decided to share my Intel for what I think of Stressed Out.

Stressed Out is a song that everyone and anyone can relate to, if you didn’t get that from when you heard the song I am here to clear it all out for you.

In the first set of lyrics, Tyler sings:

I wish I found some better sounds no one’s ever heard
I wish I had a better voice to sing some better words
I wish I found some chords in an order that is new
I wish I didn’t have to rhyme every time I sang
I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink
But now I’m insecure and I care what people think

These lyrics represent someone who is always critiquing themselves, always wanting to stand out and be extraordinary. Tyler Joseph is an interesting character, in the best way possible of course, but the way that music impacts him and moves him (and yes josh too), it is fascinating, he projects his feelings onto you and it consumes your soul and soon enough you find yourself lost in the music, the words, the beat, everything.

The last two lines hit me in the face, “I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink, but now I’m insecure and I care what you think”, it’s so clear yet it has taken me awhile to figure out the right words to explain them.

You grow up hearing things like to dream big, follow your dreams, don’t be afraid, etc. You assume that when you’re older and about to adventure out into the real world that everything would be dandy and stress free, but that’s not the case because when you grow up, you go through so much more than you imagined when you were a little kid. When we are told to be ourselves and be unique, some people don’t get it and give you a cold shoulder about it. it crushes your ambition and dreams and you become insecure, worried that whatever you do or make isn’t good enough, causing the effect that you care what people think.

the chorus sings:

My name is Blurryface and I care what you think
My name is Blurryface and I care what you think
Wish we could turn back time to the good old days
When our mommas sang us to sleep
But now we’re stressed out
Wish we could turn back time to the good old days
When our mommas sang us to sleep
But now we’re stressed out

ahh, yes, the blurryface is out. I am still trying to figure out who blurryface is exactly, and I don’t think I can know until the entire album is released so I can listen to the lyrics and puzzle it all together- along with the great help of the clique! but Tyler is calling himself Blurryface- so in a way would that make us all Blurryface because we relate to Tyler and we all care what others think? Even if we tried to deny it we still do care at the slightest.

But when Tyler sings, “Wish we could turn back time to the good old days, when our mommas sang us to sleep, but now we’re stressed out”

it represents that we always said that when we were kids life was so much sweeter and easier. we had no cares in the world and we had big dreams and high hopes. The days when our mom’s sang to us were those childhood days that we keep near and dear to our heart, but now we are stressed out.

with the outside pressures of school, work, friendships, relationships, college, a lot of things stress teenagers and adults, and that is no new news to us.

Sometimes a certain smell will take me back to when I was young
How come I’m never able to identify where it’s coming from
I’d make a candle out of it if I ever found it
Try to sell it, never sell out of it
I’d probably only sell one
It’d be to my brother because we have the same nose
Same clothes, homegrown, a stone’s throw from a creek we used to roam
But it would remind us of when nothing really mattered
Out of student loans and treehouse homes we all would take the latter

This puzzled me, because it was self explanatory but at the same time it’s difficult to read in between the lines because there is so many meanings it could be. What I got from it was that whenever Tyler smells a specific thing that drags his attention back to a time when he was a little boy, that it takes some time and effort to really remember what it was but it gave him a sense of joy and relief. You ever smell something or see an item that makes you happy because as a kid you had it or something within those boundaries and you couldn’t help but feel joyous? anywho- i think the part about a candle is to represent happiness or “stress free” and the reason why he said he would try to sell it but never sell out of it is maybe because he wants others to be happy but never wants happiness to run out?

But if he were to sell it, it would be to his brother, one that experienced his childhood with him and made it worth everything and made him happy.

maybe the candle is representing stress free and pure happiness in life, not having to worry about student loans and debt or the hard decisions we are faced.

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 we’re laughing at the face saying,
“Wake up, you need to make money.”
Yeah, 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 we’re laughing at the face saying,
“Wake up, you need to make money.”

My favorite part of this analyzing is the tie up that makes it all make sense. I’m going to refrain from Tyler’s childhood for to me in my opinion was used to represent everyone’s childhood, how the entire idea applies to all.

In the line, “we would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it away, used to dream of outer space, but now we’re laughing at the face saying “wake up, you need to make money”.

I can’t help but think of the idea of how parents always told their kids to dream big and you can do anything, there are no limits- But once the idea of growing up comes along and you want to do your dream, whether it’s becoming a huge popular band that tours the world, a journalist, a professional cello player, or a rocket scientist! when we are asked what do we want to do and we say those abstract desires, we are shot down because to those who are older and usually it’s family like parents and such (which is why they brought their family into the music video which was AWESOME!) they are the first ones to turn down your dreams because it’s not successful, you can’t earn a lot of money with that career, or in all honesty,

your dreams are not possible to forefill.

the entire idea of the rocket ship into space makes me sad- because it’s all symbolic to the idea of your dreams are the rocket ship and you’re growing with your dreams, it shapes who you are and the direction you want to go to, and once you’re in space, (teenage young adult years) when you’re about to mark your direction, you are shot down back to earth and told that you can’t go any further with your dreams. that you have to come back down to earth and that’s it.

it’s kinda depressing if you think about it.

ANYWAYS! I really enjoy this song. it’s my favorite one of the three released from blurryface so far. so excited to write and analyze more within the wondrous works of Twenty One Pilots.

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