"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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  • +5
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think this song is about his mother being worried about who will take care of her when her husband dies or "Turns into stone (like his thombstone)" and then tyler answers by saying that he will buy his mom a house of gold and that he will take care of her and cure her of decise and make her queen of everything and put her on the map! XD
    Froggyfrooon November 04, 2015   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
  • +1
    My InterpretationAlthough most people take "and when your father turns to stone" as the father dying, I take it as something different. I think the father is abusive to the mother. I think the father "turning to stone" is him being abusive. Stones and rocks are used as symbols of toughness and lack of emotion."Will you buy me a house of gold" could be her wishing for her son to give her a better life. "And when your father turns to stone, will you take care of me" could be translated to And when your father (beats/hurts me) will you take care of me. The mothers House of Gold is a place where her and her son could be away from their abusive husband/father. Just a theory of mine
    Phanoutboyon January 03, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationMy interpretation of this song starts most obviously with the mother asking for the son to take care of her when her husband dies. And, naturally, as a son, Tyler feels obliged to do this, and promises the best for her. However, in the end, he is torn between his family and his dream, hence why in the music video he and his partner (in the band) are torn in half. We assume the partner in the band is there cause they're in this together, but, you know that's probably not entirely the case in reality. If you want to get super in detail and inference, then there's, what, a plow (?) that inferrably is what cuts them in half? What is a plow used for? Crops. GROWING. LIFE. So, I suppose we can also infer that another thing that tore him in half in his decision is the possibility of a future family, a life outside fame. And the part where he says I suppose if I sit like a bum, then finally I might be someone? This refers to the family life, one where he obviously doesn't do much, (he's probably a bit bored and depressed thinking about what he could be doing) but at least he will be something more to someone, making him a someone.... You may interpret that he is torn between himself and his dream for multiple reasons. First, his top half is FLOATING, which means he ultimately has to make the decision. But, it quite obviously isn't that easy, its like chasing your dreams without any legs, and you know, in Tyler's case, other parts, which resembles love... (?) So, he was to decide between light (his dream), his partner, his, well, dream, verus his family, or A family. And while he has love for both, how is one to decide which is more important? And then, finally, the sun sets. The sun goes away. And the sun we may infer is his dream leaving. Hence why he collapses at the end. Him collapsing and his mother shutting the blinds tightly hints that he chose his dream, but a part of him will always stay behind.. The message seems pretty clear; either way you're gonna screw up in one way , so decide HOW you want to... or something along those lines lol. MY interpretation personally.
    nyssakim10on January 22, 2016   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is very explanatory. It is about a mother who's afraid of being left by her son because the son wished that he could turn back time, to the good ol' days,
    when his momma sang his to sleep but now we're stressed out.
    hiro100486on April 27, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI 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

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