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Twenty One Pilots

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This song has no chorus. It details the true story when Tyler Joseph was late for a class in college and forgot to lock his car door. When he returned he found that thieves had stolen his GPS, radio and CD’s. At the time, Joseph couldn’t afford to replace anything that was taken. In an interview with Rock Sound, he said: “When I get in the car my first reaction is to put the radio on and for a while I wasn’t able to do that and finding out that once I removed that piece of me I realized that sometimes music can act as a distraction and can get in the way of where your mind wants to go.”

Self-released: July 8, 2011
Release Date: March 18, 2014

Songwriter/s: Tyler Joseph

Label: Fueled by Ramen

Chart Rankings: In the US, the song peaked at number 15 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 charts and reached number 28 on the Alternative songs. It also peaked at number 20 on the US Hot Songs and at number 21 on the Rock Digital songs. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Platinum for sales over 1 million copies. It never entered any other charts.

Artist’s age on Release Date: Twenty One Pilots duo were active for 5 years when they released this song.

Cover Versions: Alex Aiono – Matt McGuire (Drum cover) – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.

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    October 14, 2020 at 3:37 am

    I always thought that this song was about using music to distract you from the pain that surrounds you in an everyday life. its like a guardian trying to break through the depression and anger that has seeped inside of your heart and mind. it keeps you from believing death is better than the migraine in your head.


    January 15, 2021 at 1:23 am

    i always thought this song was about your like freedom of speech. Someone stole his speech and his ways of expressing himself so he was silenced and could no longer express himself so he sits in silence without escape.

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