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Song Released: 2018

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(So where are you? It's been a little while...)

Sippin' on straight chlorine, let the vibe slide over me
This beat is a chemical, beat is a chemical
When I leave don't save my seat, I'll be back when it's all complete
The moment is medical,...


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    Jul 21st, 7:45am report

    as an amateur historian, rebel red carnation, refers to the russian and french revolutions that were atheist at heart, and wore red flowers (carnations being the coolest and most prevalent) signifying defiance against those respective hypocritical aristocratic orders/establishments. That "spirit" grows while true christian faith decays... They also put chlorine in our water... hello? also rebel "lead" in his coat pocket, referring to old pencils, (being a songwriter and all) would have been better than identifying with said christian God rejecting revolutions above. ...also the american revolution ushered in luciferian goddess worship not true christian faith. The russian and french revs were mind boggling cruel bloody affairs. "Rebel red carnation grows while I decay..."


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    May 9th, 2019 5:38pm report

    Flint Michigan.


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    Feb 7th, 2019 2:42pm report

    [So where are you? It's been a while...]
    (Tyler's referencing the hiatus)

    Sippin' on straight chlorine
    (Chlorine is a chemical that in large amounts is deadly, but can be helpful in small doses. The chlorine represents the creativity process in how Tyler writes his songs about his problems.)
    Let the vibe slide over me
    Beat is a chemical, beat is a chemical
    (The metaphorical "drinking chlorine" hurts but also helps him)
    When I leave, don't save my seat.
    I'll be back when it's all complete
    (During the hiatus when he left, the "seat" is probably him saying to allow yourself to listen to other bands or something)
    Moment is medical, moment is medical
    (This might not relate to it, but during the hiatus his grandfather was very sick and eventually died [see Legend], so that could be this)
    Sippin' on straight chlorine

    Lovin' what I'm tasting
    Venom on my tongue
    Dependant at times
    Poisonous vibrations
    Help my body run
    (The "chlorine" [creativity process] is good for him as it helps him express his feelings through what he loves. But, the thoughts he has and struggles he has hurt him. Letting go of them via songs "helps his body run")
    I'm running for my life (x2)


    Fall out of formation
    I plan my escape from walls they confined
    (The media has made "walls" into what people should and shouldn't sing about. Tyler has fallen out of the formation and sings about his trials instead of mainstream songs.)
    Rebel red carnation grows while I decay
    (Since he doesn't sing or write about things that mainstream songs conform to, there are less fans (sadly), and he is metaphorically "decaying" because of this. The rebel red carnation I think is the fans that have been with him through and through. The blurryface era was red. We "rebelled" by not leaving them through the hiatus.)
    I'm running for my life (x4)

    Had you in my coat pocket where I kept my rebel red
    Felt I was invincible, you wrapped around my head
    (Coat pockets are kept near the heart. Tyler has kept the clique near his heart is my interpretation. Seeing the support from the few fans kept him going through his trials (why he had the hiatus, as said in Leave the City.)
    Now, different lives I lead, my body lives on lead
    (Lives: his private and public life now after ending the hiatus. The lead is parallel to the chlorine as being the creativity process.)
    The last two lines may read incorrect until said

    The lead is terrible in flavour
    But now you double as a papermaker
    (The lead/chlorine is hard to deal with, but the hardships put into song brings him money (hence the "papermaker").)
    I despise you sometimes, I love to hate the fight
    And you in my life is like
    (He dislikes his problems and struggles, which are fighting against him. The problems he faces in his life are symbolic to the chlorine in the next lines.)


    I'm so sorry I forgot you
    Let me catch you up to speed
    I've been tested like the end of
    A weathered flag that's by the sea
    ("Forgetting" the recepient is probably him going away during the hiatus. Throughout it, he had been tested by his problems and trials which left him beaten, which is what the flag represents.)

    Can you build my house with pieces?
    I'm just a chemical (x4)
    (His "house" is symbolising himself. Tyler and Josh both are Christians, and there is a Scripture that says "your body is a temple." This line could have possibly derived from that. It's in pieces because of the battle with whatever problem(s) he faced while gone. The chemical is probably meaning that Tyler feels that he's been overtaken by his problems and is now just in pieces, and is asking the clique to help him "put the pieces back together.")

    [This is just my own interpretation, I don't know exactly if this is what Tyler meant. This is how I saw it as.]


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    Oct 27th, 2018 10:37pm report

    A lot of people think that Chlorine is about suicide or that it's about him on drugs or something but that's wrong see the lyrics say "this beat is a chemical" beat as in heartbeat. later he talks about how the moment is medical and his body lives o lead. the song is about music itself. this beat like his heartbeat and the music beat and the lead from a pencil when he's writing a song. also when he says "felt i was invincible you wrapped around my head" he's talking about his headphones, again relating to music not suicide even though that is the related implication.

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