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Song Released: 2013


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I know what you think in the morning,
When the sun shines on the ground,
And shows what you have done,
It shows where your mind has gone,
And you swear to your parents,
That it will never happen again,
I know, I know what that means, I...

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    anonymous
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    Dec 27th, 2015 12:07pm report


    Let's go through this in portions of the song, ending with the chorus...
    First of all, I really think that the whole song is about the singer begging the listener(s) (or a friend, or a fan) not to hurt themselves, not to kill themselves.

    "I know what you think in the morning
    When the sun shines on the ground
    And shows what you have done
    It shows where your mind has gone
    And you swearing to your parents
    That it will never happen again
    I know, I know oh ow, what that means, I know oh oh oh ow"
    He sings about knowing that the person he's talking to has harmed themselves, and that they've promised their parents that it won't happen again. But he also knows that the person he's talking to doesn't fully intend to keep that promise, they just plan on saying that to keep their parents at ease.

    "Let's take this a second at a time
    Let's take this one song, this one rhyme
    Together, let's breathe
    Together, to the beat
    But there's hope out the window
    So that's where we'll go
    Let's go outside and all join hands
    But until then you'll never understand"
    Now I think he's confronted the self harming and suicidal person, just as they're about to kill themselves. He pleads with them to wait and take things one step at a time, think things through. 'Together let's breathe, together to the beat' He's asking them to take a deep breath and really think, and really hear him out. He tells them that there is hope, he tells them that if they work together they can fix things, but until the person he's singing to/about listens and accepts help, they'll never understand what he's saying and what he means.

    "We've turned our hands to guns, trade in our thumbs for ammunition
    I must forewarn you, of my disorder, or my condition
    'Cause when the sun sets, it upsets what's left of my invested interest
    Interested in putting my fingers to my head
    The solution is, I see a whole room of these mutant kids
    Fused at the wrist, I simply tell them they should shoot at this
    Simply suggest my chest and this confused music, it's
    Obviously best for them to turn their guns to a fist"
    He starts to explain what's happening, what he sees going on and how he perceives it. He tells this suicidal person that he's been through the same thing, that he knows what everything is like. He tells the person that they're not alone, that others struggle too, in the same way or similar ways. Then he puts in a final plea: He tells the person that if they really can't keep themselves from hurting their bodies, then they should hurt him instead, shoot him in the chest if they have to, to finally be okay. I'll admit, I'm kind of unsure about what that last line means though, 'Obviously best for them to turn their guns to a fist'.

    Now to decipher the chorus... Just wanted to do this part last so I wouldn't feel like I'd have to repeat myself:
    "That you all have guns
    And you never put the safety on
    And you all have plans,
    To take it, to take it, don't take it, take it, take it

    I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
    I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
    But I can't, but I can't when you all have
    Guns for hands yeah"
    He knows they have guns (or other methods of self harm/suicide) and he knows they're not joking around with how they plan to use those objects; they're serious, and they even have a specific plan of how to just end everything.
    He tells this specific person that he tries to sleep, to stay calm and act normal, but how can he when he knows what this person is going through? How can he when he desperately wants to help?



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    anonymous
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    May 2nd, 2016 5:45am report


    I think its about the dangers of texting ,social media, and cyber bullying. How harmful the words people text and post can be. He talks about trading your thumbs for ammunition and being fused at the wrists. I see that as a reference to how you type using your thumbs and the position you hold your phone looks like your hands/wrists are fused. When he says he's trying to sleep, he can't because his mind is stuck on the what people might be saying about him. It's actually really sad when you think of how we've become addicted to technology. It controls our lives. People compare their lives to others by what they see on fb. People base their self worth on how many likes they get. The inclusiveness of the online world has made us so narcissistic that our world can be destroyed by hitting send...or post! This is why I love music... it makes you think. It causes self reflections and at the same time... it makes you aware of the world around you! Great song... songwriters are the modern day poets!



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    anonymous
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    Aug 20th, 8:32am report


    I believe that this song is about self-harm and suicide. I will support my claim lyric by lyric. Before, I get started, self-harm and suicide are really hard topics to talk about. I, myself, self-harm and have tried a few suicide attempts. So I can sense where this song is getting at.


    "I know what you think in the morning
    When the sun shines on the ground
    And shows what you have done
    It shows where your mind has gone
    And you swear to your parents
    That it will never happen again
    I know, I know-ow-ow what that means, I know-ow-ow-ow-ow"

    "I know what you think in the morning"; He is meaning the person's thoughts. The person's thoughts could be full of darkness, and suicidal.
    -
    "When the sun shines on the ground, and shows what you have done, it shows where your mind has gone"; He is meaning when the person's self-harm
    are finally visible in the morning when the sun rises. This person finally sees their scars and they show what they have done to themselves and where their mind had gone when they had done it.
    -
    "And you swear to your parents, that it will never happen again, I know, I know-ow-ow what that means, I know-ow-ow-ow-ow; He means that the person has promised to their parents quite a few times, but always break their promises by proceeding to self-harm. Tyler is making them aware that he knows what this person is going through and that he has been there in that person's place before.



    "That you all have guns
    And you never put the safety on
    And you all have plans
    To take it, to take it, don't take it, take it, take it"
    "That you all have guns
    And you never put the safety on" He means that the person has that object that they self-harm with, they never do it safety. Maybe they're trying to commit suicide by self-harm. (That is very quite possible).
    -
    "And you all have plans
    To take it, to take it, don't take it, take it, take it" He means that this person has suicidal thoughts, with a plan to take their life. He is telling them not to take it.
    -
    "I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
    I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
    But I can't, but I can't when you all have
    Guns for hands, yeah" He means that he cannot sleep knowing this person has extreme suicidal thoughts and are planning to take their life. He really wants to help, but doesn't know how.



    "Let's take this a second at a time
    Let's take this one song, this one rhyme
    Together, let's breathe
    Together, to the beat
    But there's hope out the window
    So that's where we'll go
    Let's go outside and all join hands
    But until then you'll never understand"
    He is telling this person to take it one step at a time. To listen to the lyrics and each rhyme. To breathe as they are listening to the beat.
    He tells us that there's hope, and to keep fighting. That we're not alone, there are others out there struggling like we are. "But until then you'll never understand" He means that until we can follow and gain that hope, we'll never understand that we are not alone and there are people out there struggling like we are.



    "We've turned our hands to guns
    Traded our thumbs for ammunition
    I must forewarn you, of my disorder, or my condition
    Cause when the sun sets
    It upsets what's left of my invested interest
    Interested in putting my fingers to my head
    The solution is, I see a whole room of these mutant kids
    Fused at the wrist
    I simply tell them they should shoot at this
    Simply suggest my chest and this confused music, it's
    Obviously best for them to turn their guns to a fist"
    He is telling us that he knows that we cannot take care of ourselves and stop harming our bodies, as it is too difficult to just stop like that. It takes time. But he is saying instead of hurting ourselves, to hurt him instead. "Obviously best for them to turn their guns to a fist" Meaning that it's best for us people with suicidal thoughts to seek help and once they do, they can turn their guns to a fist. (You know how people crunch up their hands to show a sign of strength and then raise it in the air? ✊)


    This was just me interpretation of this song. I hope it helps! God bless you all. Stay strong to all my fighters out there. <3



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    anonymous
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    Sep 17th, 2018 9:45pm report


    I do think this song is about suicide too because myself I HAVE done all of this and told other people to focus on their joy in the world and what they're going to miss out on if they do kill themselves, in return they say it back to me when I'm feeling depressed and want to die. They always tell me "Try to not let Dema control you like Tyler said! You need to stay alive for me, and your boyfriend ||-//." I always listen to them because they make me listen to this song and make me think that Tyler's telling me to not kill myself and they tell me to go to the gym when I feel anger because I take ALL of my anger out on myself. My gym has punching bags and bench pressing stations so I bring my boyfriend and he coaches me. I think that what it means when Tyler says 'But it'll be best if they just turn their guns into a fist' means that they should just put the gun down and punch something, Tyler doesn't care if it's him or a wall or whatever, Tyler just wants the audience to stop suicide.



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    anonymous
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    May 31st, 2018 5:02pm report


    I think this song is about school shootings. The youth nowadays are quick to solve their problems at school with guns instead of fists. So they have guns for hands. We try to sleep but we can't because the shooting is on our minds and it's only a matter of time until we wake up and hear the news of the next one.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 29th, 2018 1:04pm report


    I believe this song is about suicide and self harm. I'm going through my interpretation lyric by lyric. but the overall synapse is that tyler is aware of all the depressed kids in the world and the suicide attempts and suicide successes there are. He is bothered by this and want to help all these kids by having them fight for their life and find something to live for and rise up against their depression. In the offial music video there is a bit of Japanese writing, possibly alluding to the extremely high suicide rate in japan. the whole song generally talks about hands as a form of carrying out your will, in this case suicide and harm. but at the end, suggests to do something else with your hands other than turn them into guns.

    "I know what you think in the morning
    When the sun shines on the ground
    And shows what you have done" in these lines tyler is talking about either self harm or attempted suicide and waking up to see what you did

    "It shows where your mind has gone" - specifically suicidal thoughts and depression

    "And you swearing to your parents
    That it will never happen again
    I know, I know oh ow, what that means, I know oh oh oh ow" literally telling the parents that you wont do it again (self harm/attempted suicide) and how tyler knows that it probably will happen again and you are only saying that to reassure/appease the parents


    "That you all have guns" guns meaning having the means and thoughts of suicide.

    "And you never put the safety on" saying that your mind is somewhat of a "loose cannon" you might say. basically that you are willing to take your life and are serious about it.

    "And you all have plans,
    To take it, to take it, don't take it, take it, take it" literally plans to take your life and the conflict in these thoughts is described in the line "don't take it" in between the thoughts of really killing yourself.

    "I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
    I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
    But I can't, but I can't when you all have
    Guns for hands yeah" this entire stanza expresses tyler's thoughts and emotions about all of the suicidal people, that he is disturbed by the fact that there are so many people willing to take their lives and also have the means too.

    "Let's take this a second at a time" saying to live in the moment and take life slowly and just take things one a time

    "Let's take this one song, this one rhyme
    Together, let's breathe
    Together, to the beat" talking about just living, to breathe and calm down and to the beat, to just live one moment at a time.

    "But there's hope out the window" the window being an opening in a room full of darkness. the darkness being depression.

    "So that's where we'll go
    Let's go outside and all join hands" offering to connect the suicidal people with others. and offering of salvation for all these people.

    "But until then you'll never understand" unless you take the offer and try to come out of your depression, you wont ever understand what living life really means, and how precious it is

    "We've turned our hands to guns, trade in our thumbs for ammunition" talking about how there are more suicidal kids and how we have use our hands for self harm and suicide rather than helping others or doing other things (however this line I view as very open to interpretation)

    "I must forewarn you, of my disorder, or my condition" tyler talking about his own problems with this topic and how he also feels these things. this ties into what he says in the next line.

    "Cause when the sun sets, it upsets what's left of my invested interest
    Interested in putting my fingers to my head" this means that what is left of his depression and suicidal thoughts is still with him when he is alone at night even though he seems much better and wanting to help kids during the majority of the song.

    "The solution is, I see a whole room of these mutant kids" this tells of how many of these suicidal people there are and how he is uniting or bringing them together.

    "Fused at the wrist, I simply tell them they should shoot at this" (possibly talking about self harm on the wrist0 telling them they sould redirect their feelings or think about his propaosal

    "Simply suggest my chest and this confused music, it's
    Obviously best for them to turn their guns to a fist" how turning too music and talking about their thoughts and feelings would help, and how they should redirect their suicidal thought to something they can fight for/with. and instead of hurting themselves, find something productive to do, hence fist, which can sometimes represent a rise to arms or a movement to fight for.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 18th, 2018 1:27pm report


    I'm sorry but i just have to ask this. How do people do self harm?? like cutting? Because I personally cannot deal with pain and the aspect of actually MAKEING yourself feel pain sounds a little weird to me...



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    fairlylocaltrashcan
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    Sep 8th, 2017 9:47am report


    It's about harming yourself and how when Tyler tries to sleep at night he can't because he knows that fans hurt themselves.
    "Turn your guns to a fist" is his way of saying to but the blade/lighter/pills/etc. down.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 19th, 2017 8:32pm report


    I believe it's how the artist knows that people are committing suicide, and he can't sleep because he knows that we have the power to take our own lives, and is trying to convince us not to.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 13th, 2017 4:57am report


    "It's obviously best for then to turn their guns into a fist" guns are for killing, and fists are for fighting



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    anonymous
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    Jan 2nd, 2017 1:55am report


    This song is about Tyler talking about self harm. The beginning is about people who self harm think about what they did and he knows where their minds have gone (suicide or self harming) and he knows that when you swear to your parents it wont happen again, it will eventually happen again. He cant sleep knowing we have guns for hands because he knows there are people out there hurting themselves and he doesn't want this to happen. When he starts rapping he is saying he sees all these people who have depression and/ or other conditions and he wants them all to turn their weapons to a fist so they can take out their hurt, anger, sadness, and whatever makes them hurt themselves on him so they cant harm themselves.

    I love this song because its a deep song if you listen to the lyrics.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 25th, 2016 11:01pm report


    I'm doing a project on this song, and it makes me feel a little heartbroken to listen to it. It is about self harm, and Tyler is trying to tell the listeners who do self harm: "I know what you are trying to do, but you don't have to do it. If you need to, take it out on me, but not on yourself." And he is right. That song holds such a strong meaning. It will probably always be my favourite Twenty Øne Piløts song.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 3rd, 2016 11:09pm report


    Self harming is a quite sensitive subject.
    Tyler would prefer all those who suffer to take their anger out on him instead of hurting themselves.It's the most pure and selfless thing I have ever heard.It's a sign to find another way to control your feelings.Create, draw,scream,laugh.Turn your 'gun' to something powerful but not harmful.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 3rd, 2016 11:09pm report


    Self harming is a quite sensitive subject.
    Tyler would prefer all those who suffer to take their anger out on him instead of hurting themselves.It's the most pure and selfless thing I have ever heard.It's a sign to find another way to control your feelings.Create, draw,scream,laugh.Turn your 'gun' to something powerful but not harmful.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 3rd, 2016 11:09pm report


    Self harming is a quite sensitive subject.
    Tyler would prefer all those who suffer to take their anger out on him instead of hurting themselves.It's the most pure and selfless thing I have ever heard.It's a sign to find another way to control your feelings.Create, draw,scream,laugh.Turn your 'gun' to something powerful but not harmful.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 15th, 2016 8:00am report


    I feel like it's pretty obviously about a group of people (most likely fans of the band) who are suicidal. Tyler first talks about knowing that they are attempting suicide, perhaps even more than once. The line "guns for hands" also refers to their suicidal tendencies. He then talks about how how using music and other people (maybe even other fans of the band or other suicidal people) can help keep them alive.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 19th, 2016 6:29pm report


    My interpretation of guns for hands is people have this ability to hurt others and its up to them to actually get there guns out and hurt them.



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