Twenty One Pilots: Migraine Meaning
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Waging my wars behind my face and above my throat?
Shadows will scream that I'm alone.
I've got a migraine and my pain will range from up, down, and sideways,
Thank God it's Friday 'cause Fridays will always,
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jan 11th 2017 report
'Migraine' is about Tyler's depressing thoughts that are basically hurting his head or giving him a migraine. 'Sometimes death seems better than the migraine in my head' means he would rather die than have his depressing thoughts control his life. "Thank God it's Friday cause Fridays will always be better than Sundays, cause Sundays are my suicide days" means he is glad its Friday because he doesn't want to deal with his suicidal and depressing thoughts that usually happen on Sundays. This song is about mental illness, anxiety, and depression. "Sometimes to stay alive, you have to kill your mind" This part of the song describes how the mind can drive a person to choose whether or not to live, and sometimes the only way to stay alive is to kill your mind. For people with depression, "killing your mind" is basically an escape.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Mar 14th 2017 report
I think this song is about a person that suffers from depression/anxiety and suicidal thoughts and all the thoughts are "giving him a migraine" and he is saying he would rather die than suffer these horrible thoughts and things like that. When he says Sundays are his suicide days he means sundays are his day of most suicidal thoughts. The song cuts off at the end representing that he probably committed suicide
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous Sep 25th 2015 report
My opinion to what the meaning is, Is sending a message that Your mind is killing you. And your thoughts are drowning you and you can't escape. Only certain people will understand the deeper meening towards this song, As some people will find the song crazy because they do not know the meening behind the lyrics. I've been listening this song since it was released and It has been my favorite since.I find thet the meening is to send a message to all the people out there who is overthinking and getting depressing thoughts,That they should STOP THINKING.
I think this song is about suicide and depression itself. "Thank God it's friday 'cause friday will always be better than sundays 'cause sundays are my suicide days" here i think he's talking about how his routine is bad for his mind, cause he's going to do the same things he does everyday over and over again, and he just can't take it anymore, he's tired, his mind has been ruined by depression and the week starting over again means that bad things will heapen, and he can't take more bad things, so, sundays are his 'trigger' days.
"Behind my eyelids are islands of violence
My mind shipwrecked, this is the only land my mind could find I did not know it was such a violent island Full of tidal waves, suicidal crazy lions They're trying to eat me blood running down their chin And they know that I can fight or I can let the lion win I begin to assemble what weapons I can find 'Cause sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind" Taking a fast look, you can say that "And i know that i can fight or i can let the lion win" it's like he's not going to fight the lion and will let the lion eat him and he'll die, or can even say that the lion represents the depression itself, and letting the lion win it's a metaphor for suicide cause he's letting depression win. But taking a deep look I realized that in that verse he's not talking about himself, he's talking in the perspective of his mind."My mind shipwrecked this is the only land my mind could find i did not know it was such a violent island full of tidal waves suicidal crazy lions" so his MIND shipwrecked and HE didn't knew it was such a violent island. "They're trying to eat me blood running down their chin and i know that I can fight or I can let the lion win I begin to assemble what weapons I can find cause sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind"ok, so his mind has shipwrecked and he's on a island with tidal waves and suicidal crazed lions. "They're trying to eat me blood running down their chin and they know that I can fight or I can let the lion win" here he's saying that they're trying to eat him and he know that he can fight or let the lion win. "I begin to assemble what weapons i can find cause sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind" ok, so, sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind, BUT, who had shipwrecked had been his mind, so I believe that this entire rap verse is about suicide, because if "he" is his mind, so killing your mind it's a metaphor for killing yourself
anonymous Feb 20th 2020 report
Migraine is about suicide and depression it relates to the mind setting in which a migraine hurts and that depression causes your mind to race and overthink. The island is his mind the lions are the depressing thoughts, and tidal waves are things that are overwhelming. In General twenty one pilots is about keeping us alive there name which comes from a play in which a officer/general sends all his men in a war all 21 die feeling guilty the officer commits subside that there is what Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dunn are trying to stop. The play is called All My Sons.
anonymous Mar 23rd 2019 report
What the others have said, but what if instead of the cut off at the end meaning suicide, it means his suicidal thoughts and depression is gone?
anonymous May 31st 2017 report
Best description of what those who actually suffer repeated Migraines that make light an enemy, the throat hurt from vomit, your head like Hiroshima on replay go through.
It's a war, it's depressing, it's a royal pain in the ... head. Frankly, at the time they occur lions eating you would be kind, a mercy, as your veins stick out of your forehead, your blinded, and the pounding just hits over and over and over and over again, until you pass out into slumber for hours.
Wake up, it's a Migraine!
anonymous May 18th 2017 report
Yeah, you guys are all over-analyzing. As a fellow migraine sufferer, it is glaringly obvious to me that Tyler suffers from migraines. Yes, they make you wish you were dead, hence the suicide talk. I was thrilled that someone wrote a song about the bane of my existence.
anonymous Mar 29th 2017 report
The "suicial lions" are his depressing and suicidal thoughts which are "trying to eat " him ( make him commit suicide) and he knows he can fight them or let them win. The "weapons " represents him stopping the thought somehow, maybe by antidepressants? And "sometimes to stay alive you've gotta kill your mind" mean that killing your mind keeps you alive because it stops you from suicide.
anonymous Oct 11th 2016 report
I think that this song is about a dude who has faced many obstacles while trying to reach his goal and often face a lot of depressions. Although he might have thought of suiciding, he still persisted to work even harder as he looked back to how far he has achieved. Idk that's my opinion and I really like this song tbh!
anonymous Jun 11th 2016 report
I think this song is about a dude that suffers depression and thinks about suicide often, as the song cuts off at the end, referring to that he has succumbed to suicide.
anonymous Feb 17th 2016 report
Dude's got a headache.
anonymous Jun 12th 2015 report
To me this song is a reach to show how you can attack your mind: less an actual migraine, but more "waging your war behind your face, above your throat." Aka your brain. How your own thoughts can begin to change the way you see yourself.
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