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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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    Dec 8th, 2015 12:59am report

    I love this song and personally I think it is about someone who listens to music to escape from there thoughts and demons but when they get into their car the radio is broken so there is no longer anything to block out the thoughts and as they are driving along the person is thinking about taking the easy way out (pulling the steering wheel and committing suicide) or staying in the car and fighting it.


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    Dec 6th, 2015 12:44pm report

    I think that car radio is a metaphor for his voice and someone has taken his voice away so now he just sits in silence and can't say anything.


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    Oct 28th, 2015 10:30am report

    He literally got his car radio stolen.


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    Sep 10th, 2015 9:12am report



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    Aug 10th, 2015 8:48am report

    The way interpreting it is this way:The car radio represents something he would use as a distraction. A distraction from any of his thoughts that scared or worried him. This distraction was very important to him. It may have been a close friend, a lover (I doubt it though), a pet, or as the title suggests even his car radio. He has lost this distraction and now he's left with only his thoughts, including the ones that scare and worry him. He hates the silence which leaves him with only his thoughts and is begging for that distraction back so he no longer has to worry about these thoughts.


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    Jul 14th, 2015 7:29am report

    This song tells the story of a man facing the ugly truth that he wants to live in a world of distractions. His car radio is the main distraction he talks about. the line " cause this time there's no sound to hide behind/" gives us the first glimpse. He needs to replace his car radio because he doesn't want to recognize and think about whats in his head. " One thing consists of consistence/ And it's that we're all battling fear/ Oh dear, I don't know if we know why we are here/ Oh my/ Too deep/ Please stop thinking/ I liked it better when my car had sound/" Because of his loss of distraction he contemplates the basic question humanity has long asked itself. Why are we here? and he hates thinking about this and begs himself to stop thinking and distract himself. He liked it better when his car and sound because it kept him distracted. The beginning and the end of the song is him talking about breathing " My lungs will fill and then deflate" This is the distraction he has had to resort to. He has successfully distracted himself and kept his mind away from topics that frighten him or his perceived sense of self.


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    Dec 30th, 2014 12:54pm report

    "I know its dire y tie today" He realized that he can't do everything he wants to complete in his lifetime.


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    Dec 17th, 2014 12:04pm report

    I thought that the car radio was a symbol for someone he loved that died and now he misses them too much and had thoughts of suicide. I thought that the lyric "quiet is violent" was referring to the fact that it's quieter without that person, without his car radio. I thought the now I just sit in silence part was about him being angered and a little traumatized that his loved one was gone. Feel as free as you wish to disagree and contradict me but this is what I believe the song is about.


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    Dec 15th, 2014 12:36am report

    He literally got his car radio stolen. And during that time he realized without the sound and music around he found himself drowning in his thoughts and thinking deeply about himself leading to negativity etc.


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    Dec 9th, 2014 12:15pm report

    imo i thought that by "somebody stole my car radio and now i just sit silence" Its as though he feels empty inside like almost emotionless, and now hes just left to think and "ponder".


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    Oct 3rd, 2014 10:01am report

    Idk for certain but I think the car is his body and the radio is his mind*


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    Sep 1st, 2014 9:09pm report

    A lot of people have different meanings to the song, by what they can relate to... for example, I see it as the car radio being something that distracts me from the real world (problems) and with no car radio well, there is no distractions and you just keep thinking 'bout your problems, and about your life in the killing silence. Other people can interpretate it as the car radio being something important to you that you lost, Like your parents o a close family member.


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    Jul 28th, 2014 7:43pm report

    I read the other interpretations, and some of them are too deep- not everything needs to be metaphorical, and others are too shallow (meaning they take the meaning from the song. Personally, I think that he's sitting in his car, and he's thinking about life in general, but it's quiet. I don't know about you, when but it's quiet I think more. He's driving along, and the longer that things are quiet, the more he thinks. He realizes that he has to accept life as it comes and eventually it's driving him crazy, and at one point he even contemplates pulling the steering wheel and ending his thoughts, along with his life. He's thinking about impermanence- how everything ends, and nobody knows when it will end, and he doesn't like thinking like that. He's questioning whether anything has a purpose.


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    Jul 14th, 2014 7:57am report

    This song really made me think. I DO NOT PROMOTE SUICDE OR ANYTHING LIKE IT In the first verse I think he's talking about life in general. Obviously he's pondering something great. He's saying he's breathing in but regretting it, But when he breaths out he's glad he did. Because he knows that nothing on this earth is permanent.The people, your thoughts, Facebook, YouTube videos, etc. Nothing in this world is ever guaranteed and you're not promised another say another second. He's saying life is like an hour glass and you never know when that last grain of sand is going to hit the bottom. He's saying he's having this bad thoughts so often he thinks that since someone took his "car radio" perhaps he's talking about his mind.. Maybe someone said something nasty to him and it made him go a little mad. He says "I have these thoughts so often I ought to replace that slot with what I once bought" Well. Let me suggest he bought the car. And what else could you buy? a gun.. You can buy a gun.. The car could represent a gun. Why do I think the car represents a gun? I think it represents a gun because in the next verse he says "I could pull the steering wheel." The steering wheel could represent the trigger to the gun. Because you drive the car with the steering wheel and you can drive a bullet through your head with a trigger. He wants to replace his mind with a bullet. He could also be saying that music is what once gave him hope and now that his car radio is gone bc someone may have actually stollen it. He doesn't have anything to take his mind off of these thoughts. He knows that the sad truth is, this world is a piece of shit with everything that's going on behind closed doors. He could be saying, he's afraid to die and afraid to live. And that's why he thinks were all here. We're battling fear. He liked it better when he could hear music because his thoughts get so bad he was thinking about the meaning to life. He's saying sleep brings peace. And that's why fear is going to lose. Bc he wants to go to sleep forever. Thus again why the car could represent a gun and the radio being his mind. - Erika Royal


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    Jul 12th, 2014 7:47am report

    Car radio is about everything wrong in his life that he dismissed with ease because of music. He's in a band, he knows that music can save and really has its affects. Once it's gone all of the things that it could make okay was suddenly the most not okay thing. And while ending it was an option now that he didn't have this music, he instead decided to make music out of this dilemma and bring back the peace it gives.

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