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Twenty One Pilots - House of Gold

She asked me, "Son, when I grow old,
will you buy me a house of gold?
And when your father turns to stone,
will you take care of me?"

She asked me, "Son, when I grow old,
will you buy me a house of gold?
And when your father turns to stone,
will you take care of me?"

I will make you queen of everything you see,
I ll put you on the map,
I ll cure you of disease.

Let s say we up and left this town,
and turned our future upside down.
We ll make pretend that you and me,
live ever after happily.

She asked me, "Son, when I grow old,
will you buy me a house of gold?
And when your father turns to stone,
will you take care of me?"

I will make you queen of everything you see,
I ll put you on the map,
I ll cure you of disease.

And since we know that dreams are dead,
and life turns plans up on their head,
I will plan to be a bum,
so i just might become someone.

She asked me, "Son, when I grow old,
will you buy me a house of gold?
And when your father turns to stone,
will you take care of me?"

I will make you queen of everything you see,
I ll put you on the map,
I ll cure you of disease.

This is a conversation between lead singer Tyler Joseph and his mother. She asks a question regarding her aging, but in a rather grandiose fashion: she asks him to get her a house of gold. They go on to leave what they know to pursue their “dreams.” However, this was a bad decision, and they just did their best to think that this was a good decision, but here’s the kicker: Tyler realizes that life’s dreams and aspirations are pointless, seeing as how you can’t control every aspect of life. No one can plan life, and it can put your dreams on hold or even end then; therefore, he’s saying that you shouldn't base your life solely on your dreams. It’s quite likely that this information was instilled in him by his mother, which could be why this track is dedicated to her. The music video has an interesting sense of irony to it. It starts off with a house in the country, where Tyler is happily playing the ukulele. As the music video progresses, you notice that his torso has some blood on it; the video then goes on to show that Tyler’s bottom half is gone. There’s a machine in the distance (where Josh is, also missing his bottom half) that has blood on it as well. The humor comes when Josh’s bottom half is wondering around, not knowing where to go. This represents him aimlessly pursuing his dreams without knowledge of the consequences. As the song nears its end, the sun sets and goes to rest in the mountains; Tyler’s body falls dead, thus aligning with the third verse’s message. In conclusion, it may seem like this song is just poking fun at dreams, but this is a dark warning. The song is saying that pursuing your materialistic dreams will lead to the worst results if done blindly. The happy melody contrasts vastly with the meanings of the song and music video. It’s really cool and really scary at the same time.

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