"House of Gold" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
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,
Lived 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.

Oh 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.


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"House of Gold" as written by Tyler Joseph

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    My InterpretationThis song is from the perspective of a man whose mother is thinking about what will happen to her when her husband dies. It is possible that she contemplates this as her husband is dying.
    (If there is any doubt that she is saying "when your father turns to stone", take into consideration that "stone" could be referring to his tombstone.)
    When the man promises all of these things to his mother, it is more of a romantic idea of promising someone anything they desire simply to please them, regardless of whether or not they can really fulfill their promises. It's more of a desperate promise to show the direness of the situation.
    (This point is further illustrated when he says "pretend" {"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"}.)
    The next part can be confusing, but is probably best explained through the music video to this song. In the music video, the singer and the drummer (who make up the entirety of Twenty One Pilots) are simply the top half of bodies, the lower half torn off (supposedly by some machinery accident {implied by a bloody machine in a field next to the main singer}). As the singer sings this song, it is implied that he is the son. And seeing that he is torn in half, he is unable to keep his promise (further illustrating the idea of a desperate, unfulfillable promise). TAKING ALL OF THIS INTO CONSIDERATION, the next lines ("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") make a bit more sense. The singer is acknowledging that his dream of helping his mother once his father passes is unrealized, as he is dead too. (I am not certain I understand the "bum" reference, but I assume he means that it is just more hopeless acceptance of his and her dire situation; he is basically accepting failure.)
    jacksonroycon November 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is written to a mother and when the father
    "turns to stone" or dies, the mother is asking the son will he take care of her. The son says he will buy her a house of gold and make her queen of everything. He plans to get rich so he can give her everything she may not have had. When he says he will plan to be a bum it isn't because he doesn't wish to have money, but because "life turns plans on their head" and perhaps if he plans to be a bum then he will become rich.
    hcmadavison August 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel like this song is pretty straightforward. It's the story of a mother confiding in her son to stay with her and take care of her when no one else can. If you watch the music video for this song, you'll see that Tyler and Josh are only halves crawling to their "mother."

    I read somewhere that it's more specifically about the son pursuing his career and then remembering the promise he made to his mom. He's torn between family and his own life.
    WinstonChurchon November 20, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThere is no doubt that Tyler is singing about his mom wanting to be taken care of when his father dies but there's so much more to it. Disclaimer this is what I take out of the song; the beauty of lyrics and any form of literature is that everyone takes something different out of it and that's just sick as frick.

    His mother is asking him to do something he physically cannot do and yet he promises to do it anyways. He promises to give his mother everything because he loves her and that's what he wants for her. But we're flawed. "We're broken people." We can't do everything. We might as well become bums because no matter how hard we try we can't give the people we love everything want to give them. Referencing the video, we are only half of a person, unable to be and give everything we want to be and give. But we still make these promises even though we know we can't fulfill them. Why? Because we were made by someone who can fulfill those outlandish promises. Someone who isn't tarnished by the disease of sin Tyler promises to cure his mother of even though he himself is affected. There is someone who can cure us of it. There is someone who can make us queens and kings of everything. There is someone who can put us on the map. All you have to do is ask and accept Him.
    Oliveiaon November 28, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationi believe we are inside her sons head and she is telling him that his father is ill and will pass on and she will not be able to take care of herself alone. so this song is of him making all these promises to his mother. he wants to be her rock and take her away from the pain or the death that is nearing. he wants her to feel special and loved and he wants her to know that he is ready to take responsibility, he would always put her first ad be there for her. in the video you can see he is cut i half near death himself but all he wants o do is keep an eye on his mother and sing this song for her and his devotion towards her would go on even in death. that's just what i think.
    shadowqueen35on July 10, 2015   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThe song was written by the lead singer for his mom. The House of Gold represents a life without burden, and when the father turns to stone it can either mean that he dies, but to me it seems more likely that he will become apathetic to the singer's mother.

    The real detail and purpose comes when he says "I'll Cure you of disease." His mother is very clearly ill of the mind or body, and he is using this song as a consolation.

    The song is laced with melancholy, the author being very depressed and cynical about life. He clearly feels displeased at their current conditions, and would like to change it and help out his mother if he could
    HippyCowon September 22, 2013   Link
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    General CommentFor any GoT/ASOIAF fans this song reminds me of Robb/Catelyn (spoilers)

    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?"
    (Cat is looking to her eldest son to take care of her after her husband dies. The Starks also keep stone statues of their deceased lords under Winterfell)

    I will make you queen of everything you see,
    I'll put you on the map,
    I'll cure you of disease.
    (Robb became King, so although Cat was never queen she was put in a position of power higher on the political map of Westeros than she was previously. Cat is never stated to have any sickness but she is a very worrisome person; a son would naturally try to relieve his mother of that ailment.)

    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.
    (Marching south from Winterfell changed their fate and the destiny of the realm. They knew it was an uphill battle unlikely to result in true happiness but they pretended to be strong for others as well as each other)

    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.
    (The King in the North has a tragically short reign. As problems plague the Starks Robb laments his position, preferring to be "a bum" or not a king and instead being able to grow up to become a man, raise a family and care for his mother rather than continue pursuing the impossible dream)

    Good song definitely about sons and mothers, those were two that always come to mind.
    TylerDurden516on December 31, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song kinda reminds me of Bates Motel a bit.. :/
    KatyHon November 21, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWell, they don't call it schizoid pop for nothing, do they?

    Schizoids, being on the schizophrenic spectrum (though, I must stress, NOT schizophrenic) are often 'split' as the terminology suggests. Our home life was not happy. Our childhoods, deeply flawed. The relationship to the primary caregiver often very complicated, rather dysfunctional, and yet, possessing a potent attachment. (As we don't tend to attach to much else.)

    The video is very explanatory. It also has a kind of 'Home' -- that episode of The X-Files -- feeling to it. There's definitely a sense of melancholy; as if the son was unnecessarily burdened -- inappropriately so, and it's 'split' him. Again, calling back to the schizoid theme, that's very common in such pathology. We grow up very quickly, taking on more responsibility in the home than should be expected of us, and our role becomes very confused.

    In short, there's a sense of over-promising what you could never hope to give, because your role has over-stepped its bounds.

    These guys really, really get it.
    mindhuntresson June 04, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationi believe we are inside her sons head and she is telling him that his father is ill and will pass on and she will not be able to take care of herself alone. so this song is of him making all these promises to his mother. he wants to be her rock and take her away from the pain or the death that is nearing. he wants her to feel special and loved and he wants her to know that he is ready to take responsibility, he would always put her first ad be there for her. in the video you can see he is cut i half near death himself but all he wants o do is keep an eye on his mother and sing this song for her and his devotion towards her would go on even in death. that's just what i think.
    shadowqueen35on July 10, 2015   Link

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