"Holding on to You" as written by Tyler Joseph, Maurice Gleaton, Charles Hammond, Deangelo Deonta Hunt, Gerald Tiller, Jamall Willingham, Bernard Leverette and Robert Hill....
I'm taking over my body
Back in control, no more shotty
I bet a lot of me was lost
"T"'s uncrossed and "I"'s undotted
I fought it a lot and it seems a lot
Like flesh is all I got
Not any more, flesh out the door

I must'a forgot, you can't trust me
I'm moment-to-moment and close but don't show it
Before you know it I'm lost at sea
And now that I write and think about it
And the story unfolds
You should take my life
You should take my soul

You are surrounding all my surroundings
Sounding down the mountain range
Of my left-side brain
You are surrounding all my surroundings
Twisting the kaleidoscope
Behind both of my eyes

And I'll be holding on to you

Remember the moment
You know exactly where you're goin'
'Cause the next moment before you know it
Time is slowin' and it's rolling still
And the windowsill looks really nice, right?
You think twice about your life
It probably happens at night, right?

Fight it, take the pain, ignite it
Tie a noose around your mind
Loose enough to breath fine and tie it
To a tree tell it,
You belong to me, this ain't a noose
This is a leash and I have news for you
You must obey me!

You are surrounding all my surroundings
Sounding down the mountain range
Of my left-side brain
You are surrounding all my surroundings
Twisting the kaleidoscope
Behind both of my eyes

Entertain my faith

Lean with it, rock with it
When we gonna stop with it?
Lyrics that mean nothing
We were gifted with thought

Is it time to move our feet
To an introspective beat
It ain't the speakers that bump hard
It's our hearts that make the beat

And I'll be holding on to you


Lyrics submitted by bookhouseboy23, edited by gjr5017, Ragefreak, Skoobasteve24

"Holding on to You" as written by Gerald Tiller, Maurice Gleaton, Bernard Leverette, Jamall Willingham, Charles Hammond, Deangelo Hunt, Robert L. Hill, Tyler Joseph

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  • +7
    Song MeaningI think it has to do with coming out of depression.
    "I'm taking over my body
    Back in control" and "And the windowsill looks really nice, right?
    You think twice about your life
    It probably happens at night, right?" shows about how the person has gone through it and wants to get back in control.
    triangleson January 08, 2013   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationI agree that it's about coming out of depression, but there is more to it than that. It's about the person/ people or things that you hold on to in order to get out of the depression. I have been depressed for a little more than a year now and I despretly cling to anything that makes me happy. It makes me look kind of obsessive but, I love orange (the color) so almost every thing I own is orange, I'm absolutely in love with Fall Out Boy (the band) so I listen to every song they have everyday, I'm a very very loyal friend, there's alot. That's what this somg says to me.
    FrTHMMRS21on March 17, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think this song is about being depressed and suicidal.
    "You are surrounding all my surroundings. Twisting the kaleidoscope behind both of my eyes." that to be sounds like depression being all around you and effecting how you see things.

    "I'm taking over my body. back in control, no more shotty. I bet a lot of me was lost "T"'s uncrossed and "I"'s undotted. I fought it a lot and it seems a lot like flesh is all I got." This to me sounds like he's taking control of himself again, he's fighting back. But when he was under, going through deep depression, a lot of him was lost.

    "And now that I write and think about it and the story unfolds. You should take my life, you should take my soul" I think that's depression's opinion coming back, with some suicidal thoughts.

    "Time is slowin' and it's rolling still, and the windowsill looks really nice, right? You think twice about your life, It probably happens at night, right?" That's like a panic attack, and the windowsill part is implying jumping out of it and committing suicide. and it happens at night, because that's the typical time that you feel alone and hopeless and there's no one to stop you.

    "Fight it, take the pain, ignite it. Tie a noose around your mind, loose enough to breath fine and tie it to a tree tell it, you belong to me, this ain't a noose, this is a leash and I have news for you, you must obey me!" This part is about owning your depression.
    companioncubeon July 14, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationTo me the song's definitely about depression, and since I suffer from it it connects so well with me.

    "Tie a noose around your mind
    Loose enough to breath fine and tie it
    To a tree tell it,
    You belong to me, this ain't a noose
    This is a leash and I have news for you
    You must obey me!"
    - probably the most powerful part of the song. It shows that even though you live with depression you can overcome it and control it. I feel like he really has some issues because many of his songs are like this. I also like how he's calling out hip hop:
    "Lean with it, rock with it
    When we gonna stop with it?
    Lyrics that mean nothing
    We were gifted with thought

    Is it time to move our feet
    To an introspective beat
    It ain't the speakers that bump hard
    It's our hearts that make the beat"

    basically saying how in hiphop now all it's about is catchy beats and dance moves, relying more on the speakers than your own mind. We were gifted with thought, so we should use it to its fullest potential, not just to make a catchy song
    riccit45on September 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know quite a few people who go to church with these guys and most of their songs have Christian subtext; this one is about coming to Christ and dying to one's self ("You should take my life, You should take my soul") and holding onto Him through that transition ("Holding on to you..." and "Entertain my faith").
    LNJon February 21, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAll the depression themes have been mentioned, why I agree, it is about someone trying to overcome depression, but is so evident that this song is about God. The whole chorus is about the Holy Spirit,

    "You are surrounding all my surroundings"
    God is always with you.
    "Sounding down the mountain range
    Of my left-side brain"
    The left side of the brain is said to be the 'logical' part, meaning that all of his logical thinking is sort of reliant on God.
    "You are surrounding all my surroundings
    Twisting the kaleidoscope
    Behind both of my eyes"
    God is the one that shifts his views so he can see more than meets the eye.
    "And I'll be holding onto you."
    Come on.

    There's heaps of other little references in the verses as well
    As well as sort of worshiping God, it's more than it. It's to inspires others to start thinking about their own, to use our knowledge to our advantage rather then leave it dormant. This song is fantastic in juxtaposition to "Car radio" as they both have similar morals.
    Aetyruzenon October 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI actually feel like this song has a lot of Christian references. I normally wouldn't go there but these lyrics are too hard to ignore. Judging by the windowsill verse he may be coming out of depression, but I think he's had a little help getting there. Lyrics like "it seems a lot like flesh is all I got Not any more, flesh out the door" and "A lot of me was lost" resemble a little bit of a rebirth reference. He says "I must'a forgot, you can't trust me" like he can't trust himself to control his own life; he needs a little help. Not only that, there's some very spiritual lines like "take my life, take my soul" and "entertain my faith." Who else to trust with your life than someone who can "surround your surroundings" and "twist a kaleidoscope behind your eyes"? He's either talking to some kind of ghost or God himself.
    leahD3on February 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok, im guessing this song is about someone trying to overcome their depression because Fight it, take the pain, ignite it
    Tie a noose around your mind
    Loose enough to breath fine and tie it
    To a tree tell it,
    You belong to me, this ain't a noose
    This is a leash and I have news for you
    You must obey me!
    their like trying to fight tht great depression
    and close to the end it says "entertain my faith"
    entertain mean with amusement trying to get his
    faith to be happy because he/she is under great depression
    srry for writing so much.
    perrie060on March 26, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI'm sure the guys in Twenty One Pilots would probably want their listeners to interpret the lyrics personally, so I'll just say that WHAT I THINK personally (for me) is that they're talking about holding onto FAITH to overcome personal (flesh-based) problems - in this case, suicidal/depression-type thoughts. He's saying flesh is all he's got, and he can't trust himself, so he's going to try to control his mind (put a leash on it) and just give it over to God - telling God to take his life, take his soul - and let God surround him. And he's also talking to other people who struggle with the same problems ("at night, right?"), telling them to also entertain faith. BUT he's making it clear that people shouldn't just follow these lyrics - he doesn't mean it that way - he's saying people should think for themselves - because God gifted us with the power of thought.
    Moonbeam86on April 28, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIn my opinion this song is definitely about someone trying to overcome depression. I've used to suffer from depression and this song shows exactly how I felt. With depression it seems like darkness controls you, rather than yourself. You're not strong enough to hold yourself. When he says " I must have forgot, you can't trust me," it shows how little confidence you have in yourself. You feel like you can't do anything right and nobody likes you. You begin to hate your life so much that you feel life dying just to get out of the suffering. But there's always one thing that takes the pain away. For some people it's a person holding them up, keeping them a float. For me that thing was music. It's all that made me happy during that point of my life. It's whatever helps you overcome it.
    yeahpon June 05, 2013   Link

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