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Twenty One Pilots: Car Radio Meaning

Song Released: 2014


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I ponder of something great
My lungs will fill and then deflate
They fill with fire
Exhale desire
I know it's dire
My time today

I have these thoughts
So often I ought
To replace that slot
With what I once bought
'Cause somebody...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    anonymous
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    Jul 28th, 2014 7:23pm report


    So I see all these ideas on the meaning but I don't see anyone saying anything about the uplifting message that I hear. I listened to this song on repeat one night while thinking of big decisions for my life and it popped out at me after the 30th time. So here is my take:

    this guy has a mind that is often running at high speeds thinking about every aspect of his life, some things positive some things (most) negative. His car radio is the only thing that stops his mind from going crazy and when someone steals it he has no way to stop his thoughts. (I'm not going into my theory about what the car radio represents) he realizes that the quiet he faces now will be his undoing because he cant stop analyzing. He doesn't like what he see's in his head the ugly truths about life. He no longer finds pride in what he does with his life because he realizes that it comes with the price of hurting others and himself in order to reach his dreams. He has to deal with his guilt because he cant hide behind his music anymore. He could kill himself so he doesn't have to deal with it.

    Then he thinks about how in every life there is a battle against doing the things we are afraid of people don't understand why they are alive and are afraid to face the unknown of living. So they kill themselves, this scares him and he wants to stop thinking.

    Now here comes the positive spin. He realizes we have two options to end the pain we live with. 1. Have faith that you can make it and life will get better and 2. Sleep (suicide?) and ignore the pain. Faith=being alive sleep= to be dead. Being awake is to think things through and not let the easy thoughts take over and end it which would to being alive. He wants to get us to see that we have to think and not just take the easy route and sleep it off or kill ourselves. He ends on a positive note saying he ponders of something great again and he will continue to think things through instead of numbing it out..... Hard to explain and I hope I did adequate... This is just my take. Please people just think before you make the decision to "pull the steering wheel"....



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    tenorbone
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    Jan 24th, 2015 1:47am report


    I would like to talk about the music video because no one has addressed it. In the first scenes, Tyler is in a bathroom. I can imagine that this is a place where he goes when he is distressed. Tyler is rapping because his thoughts are going so quickly. Whenever he mentions about pulling the steering wheel, he pulls the razor towards him. The razor represents the instrument that will be utilized in killing his superficial self. He then begins to shave off his head. This represents him changing into a different person. Then he puts on the ski mask. This represents him putting on a new identity in which no one can see him for who he is. He then walks out of the bathroom onto the stage where there is a crowd standing still. This represents a shift in his thinking from the "quiet is violent" thoughts to thoughts of expressing himself. He stands in the middle of the crowd, the music starts, and all hell breaks loose. It's an awesome scene. It is noteworthy to say that Tyler acts like he is "schizting out" (I hope I spelled that correctly). This is a VERY bold claim but I would argue that Tyler has a mental illness, specifically schizophrenia. Again, just a claim. But when the music starts, he is able to use his illness to bring out the best in him. He begins to crowdsurf, which represents him being able to have the time of his life - a euphoric experience. He reaches the stage and he begins to raise up one hand. The crowd follows. This represents him holding reverence to God and having the crowd following him in worship to Him. Then he starts to scream "Now I just sit in silence." This represents that he wants to express this part of himself but he is not able to. Then the music video cuts to the stage again, but no one is there and the lights are on. Tyler, still wearing the ski mask, then takes it off. His hand is shaking, indicative of his euphoric fantasy of being able to express his violent thought. But, his hair is there. This part is really cool.

    I ponder of something great
    My lungs will fill and then deflate
    They fill with fire
    Exhale desire
    I know it's dire
    My time today

    He thinks of something great he can do. He has the passion (fire) to do it, but only has desire and is not able to achieve his dream. And he knows that he only has a certain amount of time to achieve his dream. In the music video, he is not able to achieve his dream. He still struggles with the violent thoughts. HOWEVER, since Tyler did do the music video, he WAS able to achieve the dreams that he had thought of inside his conflicted head. BOOM.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 28th, 2015 10:30am report


    He literally got his car radio stolen.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 2nd, 8:10am report


    This song is about having faith or the lack of faith.
    We are created by God, we are his children. Loving parents long for the love of their children, God is no different, He longs for our love, as we are created in His image. We cannot force our children to love us as parents, nor would a good parent want to, God is the same, He wants us to choose him, choose to love him, as he loves us. He created us to love Him, and to love others. That is why He created a desire, or hole in our heart, that can only be filled by the love for God, and the love for others (our brothers and sisters). Unfortunately we fill that hole with everything but God (faith), we fill it with Material possessions, money, sex, drugs, rock n roll, instead of choosing him, because it feels easier than facing the wrongs in life, and asking for forgiveness to our parent, our creator. But in all reality, he wants to forgive, He's our Dad, and a good parent wants to forgive their son or daughter, and just wants their love.
    The hole where the radio went, that's the God size hole He created in our heart. To replace that slot with what I once bought, is to fill the hole with man's desire (Material possessions, money, sex, drugs, rock n roll). But now the hole is empty, someone took the stuff I filled the hole with. Now I just sit in silence, left to my own thoughts, battling fear, or choosing peace. It's too deep, please stop thinking, I liked the car radio, not the hole. The distractions (the sound), (material possessions, money, etc) they are all easier than being accountable for our wrongs toward others, or our Creator. But God wants the best for us, as a parent wants the best for their children, and He wants you to choose whats best for you, and wants you to be accountable for the things that are not best for you. Faith=awake=think=alive, or faith=alive, or no faith=death. Faith is choosing to believe in something that is not tangible. Alive means not dead, or even overcoming death. Having faith in God = Overcoming death. 2 Corinthians 4:18 "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal". Eternal, forever, no death, alive. Faith = Alive
    So, we can choose to fill our life with distractions, earthly things, noise, car radio, sex, drugs, rock n roll, which all equal death. Or we can choose love for God, and love for others, which equals life forever.
    Today can be the day you choose, fear or peace, faith or no faith, alive or death, it is dire.
    "I ponder of something great
    My lungs will fill and then deflate
    They fill with fire, exhale desire
    I know it's dire my time today"



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    anonymous
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    Jul 11th, 7:50pm report


    I think this song talks about how music can save people.
    _____________________________________________
    I ponder of something great
    My lungs will fill and then deflate
    They fill with fire
    Exhale desire
    I know it's dire
    My time today
    ---------------------------------------------

    He is thinking of somthing great- or what i think, somthing great can be suicide, he is breathing deeply, beacuse he knows that is he commits suicide, it will change alot, i know its dire, my time today, he knows that him being there is a dire situation, beacuse he knows that he wants to leave, but his time today,
    ---------------------------------------------
    I have these thoughts
    So often I ought
    To replace that slot
    With what I once bought
    'Cause somebody stole
    My car radio
    And now I just sit in silence
    ---------------------------------------------
    When he says i have these thoughts, its talking about suicidal thoughts, so often, meaning he thinks about it alots, he ought to try to fight it with what he once bought, his car radio, or music, but he cant, so he just sits in silence, with his thoughts.
    ---------------------------------------------
    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
    ---------------------------------------------
    I find it hard to hide it, meaning its hard to hide how he is feeling beacuse his thoughts are so severe. he cant hold what he is feeling inside anymore, so its on my sleeve
    (warning)
    meaning maybe the blood from cutting, my skin will scream, also meaning that his skin is burning from selfharm. reminding me of who i killed, inside my dream, meaning he had (maybe) a image of himself that he killed with his thoughts, so he feels hopeless, and he cant return to his former image or the image he wanted to have. i also think that the car he is driving represnts his life. so when he says, 'i hate this car that im driving', he hates his life, and where he is going with it. im forced to deal with what i feel, he feels no one can or will help him, and his music is gone, so nothing can help him, so he is forced with his feelings (there is no distraction to mask what is real) His music.
    and without it, 'i could pull the steering wheel' suicide.

    _____________________________________________
    I could contine with more of the meaning, but i think we get the main jist, so when people are always listening to music, there might be a deeper meaning



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    anonymous
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    Jun 29th, 6:47am report


    The guy literally said he wrote the song because someone actually stole his car radio.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 3rd, 4:33pm report


    I believe Tyler's "car radio" is something he can use to drown out his thoughts and depression. It then is "taken" from him (I'm trying to shorten this) and he has to deal with these thoughts.
    :simplified:



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    anonymous
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    Feb 5th, 2018 2:47pm report


    i feel like it is about a loved one who has died car radio is the loved one and the car is his life in the part the one i killed inside my dreams is killing the person that killed the loved one inside his dreams this is what i think about with my two ocs



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    anonymous
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    Jan 31st, 2018 1:46pm report


    I have found the TRUE meaning of this song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOdJBLsR0AA



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    anonymous
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    Jan 21st, 2018 1:14pm report


    Tyler is dealing with the dark part of his thoughts, and like most of us, tries to distract himself. Now, recognize that those distractions do not last forever. So when the "music" stops and he's left with the silence, all of those thoughts (good and bad) come rushing back, and there's nothing he can do about it but face them. He comes to two choices here (like a lot of us do):
    1.) Face the music until you have power to conquer it. OR 2.) Stop the music...by ending it all.

    Luckily, he faces the music day to day and he's gaining his strength to conquer his dark side once and for all.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 19th, 2018 1:27am report


    Beautiful song, great writing! When I listened to it for the first time I thought "THERE IS HOPE IN TODAY's MUSIC" ever since, I follow this band and am a 39 years old mom who actually allows and encourages her son (10) to do as well.
    Is just an amazing metaphor that represents awareness.
    The car radio symbolizes all the noise that keeps us from reality but once we open our eyes, we start seeing life for what it is and can't avoid to analyze, like or dislike and make choices.
    Great band, great musicians! We need more artists like these guys!



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    anonymous
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    Nov 21st, 2017 11:42pm report


    I think that this song is about how someone stole his car radio in high school and now he just has to deal with his thoughts and and depression and can’t get away from his it because he has no radio for songs and background music to get away from his thoughts.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Nov 20th, 2017 11:33pm report


    He is sad someone stole his car radio.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Nov 9th, 2017 11:18pm report


    This is just an interpretation so I might not be completely right. To me this song is about Tyler and his mind whom is trying to take over his thoughts. The radio he talks about is the only way to keep his mind away from him which is through his music. Then someone steals that away from him so now his mind starts to attack... Giving him bad thoughts and forcing him to think about negative things which is also called anxiety (I know this from experience). That's all I have to say.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 2nd, 2017 11:32pm report


    I think maybe Tyler(or someone else) has been listening to music and blocking out life. Then someone comes and steals his radio and he suddenly has no more music and is now looking at life from a New Perspective(sorry) and he sees how bad life has gotten. He sees how life has gone horribly wrong. He shaves his head which is saying how he has changed his lens on life. When he puts on the ski mask he's putting on his new personality and when he goes out onto stage all the people standing still are people dealing with everyday crap and he goes out to join them because he now sees how they see. He then realizes how he could actually leave this place and then the crowd pushes him on stage and they push him towards his goal(the stage) and at the end he realizes how close he was to giving up. His hair has grown back which was his lens at first. Or maybe someone really did steal his Car Radio. But I think mine might be correct.



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    21pilots
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    Oct 19th, 2017 10:01pm report


    I feel like the car radio in the song is supposed to show that he has things in life to distract him from his thoughts where In the song when he say "somebody stole my car radio and now I just sit in silence" it means that something took away the things he used to rely on to pass time so he's left with his thoughts where they would be mostly negative with some positive points. Then when he says, "sometimes quiet is violent" it means that his thoughts can scurry so much that it makes him think about suicide or jumping the grid or killing someone. Along with that he states that he hates the person he killed in his sleep with the car that he is driving meaning that he killed his past self the one who would make songs for fun instead of a living, the one who would just take it easy with his songs, the one who didn't have a group of fans telling him what to do instead of the ones supporting him to follow his own path. He states that "my lungs fill and then deflate, they fill with fire exhale desire I know its dire my time today." this states that he is filled with passion for his music and that they would expel his desires for other meaningless things like hobbies. along with other songs by him he wishes could go back and change see If he were to have been better but he is stuck. hence he is stuck driving this car but he can control the steering wheel, he can decide what to do in his life the razor is him changing his personality along with the ski mask to one that is more appealing to his fans. His fans follow him like god that's why he raises his hand up in the air and at the end he repeats the phrase "my lungs fill and then deflate they fill with fire exhale desire I know its dire my time today." this means that he strives for his passions even if it means that his hobbies are suffering from it or In other terms his desire. also at the end he embraces himself his old self the one with his views top priority instead of playing the act on the stage.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 6th, 2017 10:21pm report


    This guy has a mind that is often running at high speeds thinking about every aspect of his life, some things positive some things (most) negative. His car radio is the only thing that stops his mind from going crazy and when someone steals it he has no way to stop his thoughts. (i'm not going into my theory about what the car radio represents) he realizes that the quiet he faces now will be his undoing because he cant stop analyzing. He doesn't like what he see's in his head the ugly truths about life. He no longer finds pride in what he does with his life because he realizes that it comes with the price of hurting others and himself in order to reach his dreams. He has to deal with his guilt because he cant hide behind his music anymore. He could kill himself so he doesn't have to deal with it.

    Then he thinks about how in every life there is a battle against doing the things we are afraid of people don't understand why they are alive and are afraid to face the unknown of living. So they kill themselves, this scares him and he wants to stop thinking.

    Now here comes the positive spin. He realizes we have two options to end the pain we live with. 1. Have faith that you can make it and life will get better and 2. Sleep (suicide?) and ignore the pain. Faith=being alive sleep= to be dead. Being awake is to think things through and not let the easy thoughts take over and end it which would to being alive. He wants to get us to see that we have to think and not just take the easy route and sleep it off or kill ourselves. He ends on a positive note saying he ponders of something great again and he will continue to think things through instead of numbing it out..... Hard to explain and I hope I did adequate... This is just my take. Please people just think before you make the decision to "pull the steering wheel"....



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    anonymous
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    Jul 27th, 2017 7:31am report


    This song (I think) is about depression. I mean, the first part 'I know it's dire my time today' to me, it means that it's his time to go. (die-I just didn't want to be harsh) Because no one wants him anymore. Some one stole his car radio, aka the only piece of hope and pride that he has left. His life is the car, and he's the steering wheel. He gets to choose where he goes, what he does. But then he says 'I could pull the steering wheel' that obviously means that he could commit suicide. He says 'My pride is no longer inside, it's on my sleeve my skin will scream' I think he's slicing his wrists. 'I ponder of something terrifying, cause this time there's no sound to his behind' He can't hide behind the hope anymore more. He can't hide the darkness with a smile because someone took all he had left. 'And I will try with every rhyme, to come across like I am dying' that's pretty deep bro. Correct me if I'm wrong but... I'm pretty sure this is accurate



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