"Fall Away" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
I don't wanna fall, fall away
I don't wanna fall, fall away
I'll keep the lights on in this place
'Cause I don't wanna fall, fall away

I don't wanna fall, fall away
I don't, I don't wanna fall away
I'll keep the lights on in this place
'Cause I don't wanna fall, fall away

I disguise
And I will lie
And I will take my precious time
As the days spent away
As I stand in line
And I die as I wait as I wait on my crime
And I'll try to delay what you make of my life
But I don't want your way
I want mine
I'm dying and trying
But believe me I'm fine
But I'm lying
I'm so very far from fine

And I, I can feel the pull begin
I feel my conscience wearing thin
And my skin
It will start to break up and fall apart

I don't wanna fall, fall away
I don't wanna fall, fall away
I'll keep the lights on in this place
'Cause I don't wanna fall, fall away

Every time I feel selfish ambition
Is taking my vision
And my crime is my sentence
Repentance is taking commission
It's taking a toll
On my soul
I'm screaming submission and,
I don't know if I am dying or living
'Cause I will save face
For name's sake
Abuse grace
Take aim to obtain a new name
And a newer place
But my name is lame
I can't walk and I ain't the same
And my name became
A new destiny to the grave

And I, I can feel the pull begin
Feel my conscience wearing thin
And my skin
It will start to break up and fall apart

I don't wanna fall, fall away
I don't wanna fall, fall away
I'll keep the lights on in this place
'Cause I don't wanna fall, fall away


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"Fall Away" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +9
    Song MeaningIt's a really beautiful song about struggling with the terrible things in our nature and constant repentance. With my background knowledge of Tyler and the band, I see a heavy Christian theme but it's just my opinion.

    To "fall away" seems to me like giving in to one's demons and losing light. He has to try to keep God in his life (keep the lights on) or else he might lose his way forever. The "pull" he feels that causes his skin to fall apart is the urge to do things that he knows are wrong.

    The first verse is basically him waiting in line for judgment and recalling the way that he has lived. There is a desire to be adamant about his lifestyle, but it he knows that he is relatively powerless. The lines "But I'm lying, I'm so very far from fine" remind me of the song Be Concerned from Regional At Best. He lies to himself and God about how much he needs help.

    The second verse starts to explore the effect of repentance. Instead of putting him at peace, he questions if he really deserves the grace he is shown. He tries to move past his past deeds (new name, newer place) but his guilt follows him.
    blebon July 14, 2014   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI think he is having suicidal thoughts, By which he means "I don't want to fall away" Or i don't want to die. He wants to change that but he has only so much time before he kills himself (I will take my precious time) He doesn't want anybody to help him, God, Or his choices. (I don't want you're way, i want mine) And how he lies about him being fine (But believe me I'm fine But I'm lying,I'm so very far from fine)


    In the next paragraph, he talks about him cutting himself (And I can feel the pull begin I feel my conscience wearing thin And my skin It will start to break up and fall apart) Because of his thoughts. His conscience was demanding him to not kill himself, but it is wearing thin, and he can't control himself.


    (Every time I feel selfish ambition Is taking my vision And my crime is my sentence Repentance is taking commission) A selfish ambition takes his normal thoughts, and repentance is starting. The depression gets worst if you don't get help.
    (It's taking a toll On my soul I'm screaming submission and, I don't know if I am dying or living) I'm screaming for help, and i don't know if depression is taking over or i am just living
    ('Cause I will save face For name's sake Abuse grace Take aim to obtain a new name And a newer place) He wants to change by leaving,
    (But my name is lame I can't walk and I ain't the same And my name became A new destiny to the grave) He realities that this new thing is lame and he isn't the same, and he should've asked for help before.
    Wondergrl33on February 23, 2016   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first" (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
    Tyler doesn't want to fall away because falling away is falling away from God, the beginning of a loss of faith. The beginning of the end of time.
    In my opinion the religious reference is clear.
    laneboyon August 09, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationHow I see the song is that Tyler (the lead singer) is forced into being someone he is not and the lie he is living is causing him to become upset with himself and his meaning.

    From my knowledge Fall away is a reference to basketball when a shooter falls away from the basket when making a shot. I know that Tyler played basketball in highschool around the time he wrote the lyrics of some parts of this song. How I see it is that he was forced into playing so he could get a scholarship for college.

    In the lines 'I will lie and I will take my precious time' is could be suggesting that Tyler has to lie to his basketball coach father about liking basketball and is wasting his precious time with something he doesn't feel is worth while or what he wants to do with his life. This also links with the line 'I'll try to delay what you make of my life' where is suggests he is dragging on getting the scholarship -which in guessing is his parents dream for him. Saying that it is what they want and not him. Again to add to this point the line 'I don't want your way, I want mine' saying he has other plans perhaps music and songwriting.

    Next the chorus and second verse definitely suggest that the things I have previously mentioned have a massive toll on Tyler's mental health as he recycled lyrics from his song 'drown' while is about depression and suicidal thoughts. When Tyler refers to his love for the other ambition (most likely music) as a 'selfish ambition' it makes me think firstly that he shouldn't be doing it as it is for his self and doesn't think it will help his family or be accepted by them but also could be shamed upon by the church as musicians are often seen as sinful for being greedy and self-centred other such things.

    When he writes he is 'screaming submission' it creates the idea he is violently against what his life is planning out to be and also doesn't know if he is 'dying or living' making me think he wants to be dead than live a life he doesn't want.

    This is just my interpretation though as everyone has there own view on what twenty one pilots' songs mean. That is the beautiful thing about music- you can take out of it depending on what help you need at that time.
    Fall awayon July 23, 2016   Link

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