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Twenty One Pilots: Car Radio Meaning

Song Released: 2014

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Car Radio Lyrics

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...


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    Feb 26th, 2017 2:07am report

    I ponder of something great= I think of something better than this life. My lungs will fill and then deflate= I'm still alive. they fill with fire= the urge to talk. exhale desire= what he wants to say. then it gets to the somebody stole my car radio part, I believe this to be him saying somebody stole my mind and made me this way and now I have no one to talk to, and I just sit in silence because no one here understands me. I believe he thinks no one understands him because people enjoy different types of music, therefore no one knows what kind of music he likes, AKA how his mind works. sometimes quiet is violent, meaning when no one listens to him, he's left alone, trapped in his mind, with his thoughs


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    Jan 12th, 2017 1:20pm report

    Okay so Tyler said "reminding me of who I killed inside that dream" this rose some suspicion to me. I believe this is talking about him having such self doubt that he dreams of him killing him self or another way of me seeing this is that he killed josh in his dream and he took a car ride to calm down but he realizes that his car radio is gone.


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    Dec 26th, 2016 12:31pm report

    Josh or Tyler gets his car radio stolen.


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    Oct 27th, 2016 10:24am report

    The car radio is the only thing that distracts him from his thoughts. Without it, he is left alone with his demons. "Sometimes the quiet is violent." He contemplates the easy way out; suicide ("pull the steering wheel.")

    This song has kept me sane - or at least the closest I can come to sane.


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    Oct 18th, 2016 10:27am report

    I think car radio has a more biblical or spiritual spin to it considering Tyler and Josh both come from a christian background. Anyways the car radio being gone and him being able to think means that he can finally think clearly with nothing distracting him from the truth of the human condition or what the purpose of life really is. When there is no radio to fill his mind with noise "filling that slot with what he once bought" he can finally deal with reality of the world and his sins "his pride is on his sleeve" and "deal with who I killed" meaning when someone hates someone (1 John 3:15) that is killing them in your heart. Then he says he's forced to deal with the truths and what is real meaning death when he says "I could pull the steering wheel". Later in the song he says that there is "faith" meaning believing the truth of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for your sins and being free through his grace and "sleep" meaning death because of ignorance of the truths. When he says "I try to come across like I am dying" means he wants everyone to see that they are sinners or dying and need to pick faith.


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    Aug 22nd, 2016 8:54pm report

    I think that car radio mean:
    Someone "stole" his voice (his pride) and when it says that he "sits in silence " it is referring to the fact that he no longer has a voice to stand up to anyone or speak his opinion . When his lungs
    "Fill with fire
    Exhale desire" I believe he is referring to him trying to speak or do an action but he can't because somebody stole his "car radio" (voice)


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    Jul 24th, 2016 7:02am report

    When I listen to Car Radio I think it speaks of how he has conquered his fear maybe losing someone and now he is lost in all his thoughts (maybe his girlfriend cheated on him?) and he sits there wondering why...why would someone that loved him leave him and hurt him in that way?

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    Apr 14th, 2016 4:00pm report

    "Sometimes quiet is violent.."


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    Mar 24th, 2016 3:33pm report

    I think that it really depends for each listener and where they are at in their own lives... The first time I listened to this song, I thought it was just about him not having a car radio and I kinda thought the song was dumb. But now that I've revisited it, i see it much different. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression and while I was listening to it, I realized that if I were to sit in silence while driving, I would go crazy because my thoughts would take control. For me, quiet truly is violent because that's when my anxiety takes over. He also mentions that we can either give up and "sleep" or we can chose faith. And if we chose faith, fear will lose and we will find peace. I think this song is awesome because of what each listener can take away from it.


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    Feb 27th, 2016 2:38pm report

    I think that it means a man sitting in his car with no radio at all just sitting there depressed and his skin is screaming the violent it's been through

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    Feb 12th, 2016 2:07pm report

    He actually got his car radio taken away when they were on the tour I got vip tickets to the concert and asked them :).


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    Jan 16th, 2016 1:20pm report

    Tyler s friend used to sing to him when he drove instead of using the radio . His friend died in a car crash and now he just "sits in silence".


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    Jan 5th, 2016 1:56pm report

    okay, the first and second ratings really got to me. Good job, guys. I had a similar problem.


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    Jan 2nd, 2016 1:27am report

    Th car radio is his talkative girlfriend. Someone stole her and now he has no distraction from the voices in his head. He shaves his head and puts on a mask to go and try to stealthily get her back but gets distracted by his fans.

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    Dec 23rd, 2015 12:01pm report

    Okay so someone literally stole his Car Radio. He said that once in an interview.

    Since his car radio is gone, when he drives, there's only silence which leaves him just his thoughts.

    He starts to think about things he has done and he's left alone with all of his thoughts which lead him to think about suicide, (pulling the steering wheel).

    It's a deep song fam.

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