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Twenty One Pilots - Ode to Sleep

I wake up fine and dandy but then by the time I find it handy,
To rip my heart apart and start planning my crash landing,
I go up to the ceiling,
Then I feel my soul start leaving, like an old man's hair receding,

I'm pleading please, oh please on my knees repeatedly asking,
Why it's got to be like this, is this living free,
I don't want to be the one, be the one who has the sun's blood on my hands,
I'll tell the moon, take this weapon forged in darkness,
Some see a pen, I see a harpoon

I'll stay awake, 'Cause the dark's not taking prisoners tonight.

Why am I not scared in the morning, I don't hear those voices calling,
I must have kicked them out, I must have kicked them out,
I swear I heard demons yelling, those crazy words they were spelling,
They told me I was gone, they told me I was gone.
But I'll tell them,

Why won't you let me go?
Do I threaten all your plans, I'm insignificant,
Please tell them you have no plans for me,
I will set my soul on fire, what have I become?
I'll tell them!
[End Chorus]

On the eve of a day that's forgotten and fake,
As the trees they await and clouds anticipate,
The start of a day when we put on our face,
A mask that portrays that we don't need grace,
On the eve of a day that is bigger than us,
But we open our eyes 'cause we're told that we must,
And the trees wave their arms and the clouds try to plead,
Desperately yelling there's something we need,

I'm not free I asked forgiveness three times,
Same amount that I denied, I three-time mvp'ed this crime,
I'm afraid to tell you who I adore, won't tell you what I'm sing towards,
Metaphorically I'm a whore, and that's denial number four.


I'm sorry.

“Ode to Sleep” seems to represent night and day as both the instrumentation and the lyrics seesaw back and forth between the light and the dark. The verses are riddled with a dark tone full of conflict, similarly to how Tyler describes his nights. The pre-chorus, chorus, and outro all share a light-hearted tone in which Tyler sings about conquering the night and the depression it invokes. “Ode to Sleep” is Tyler Joseph’s favorite song to perform live, even after releasing Blurryface and touring extensively. This track was originally featured on Regional At Best in 2011 and was later remastered for Vessel in 2013. "The reason why this is the first song on the album is that I feel like it kind of prepares the listener for the rest of the album, it almost puts them through a boot camp of what to expect… Which is don’t expect anything!" -Tyler Joseph The music video was released on New Year’s Eve in 2014. It depicts the band’s rise to fame, starting with their first show and ending with a performance at a venue holding 12,000 fans. Why is it called "Ode to Sleep"? Tyler Joseph via Spotify: "When I was trying to name the song, we actually played it live before it was named. This was back when we had a small following in our hometown. It was small enough that everyone got to write on a piece of paper, saying what the song should be named, and put it into a bucket. One was “Ode to Sleep.” Tyler Joseph has said the following regarding “Ode to Sleep:” "[Sleep] is something that is so important. For whatever reason, there’s a lot of people who struggle with finding the ability to sleep. It’s one of my favorite songs to play live…there are no rules. At least I didn’t think there were any rules when I wrote that song. If I wanted to slow the tempo down, if I wanted to rap…I thought you could just do anything. The truth is, you can do anything. Its just some people find it odd and they don’t like it very much…It’s the perfect song to have at the beginning because it lets people realize, hopefully, that this album is going to be different than anything you’ve heard."

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