"Lovely" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
You say things with your mouth
Cobwebs and flies come out
I hear a second voice behind your tongue somehow
Luckily I can read your mind
Flies and cobwebs unwind
They will not take you down
They will not cast you out (out)

Dear friend, here we are again pretending
To understand how you think your world is ending
Sending signals and red flags in waves
It's hard to tell the difference between blood and water these days
I'll pray that one day you see
The only difference between life and dying
Is one is trying, that's all we're called to do
So try to love me and I'll try to save you

Won't you stay alive?
I'll take you on a ride
I will make you believe you are lovely
Won't you stay alive?
I'll take you on a ride
I will make you believe you are lovely

Your redemption won't grow stale
We are now just setting sail
On the seas of what we fear
Treason now is growing near to me

I'm coming clean
God, hit me straight on
God, hit me straight on, on, on

Won't you stay alive?
I'll take you on a ride
I will make you believe you are lovely
Won't you stay alive?
I'll take you on a ride
I will make you believe you are lovely

Don't be gone
Don't be gone
Don't be gone
Don't be gone
Don't be gone

Oh
Oh
Oh
Oh
Oh
Oh

You say things with your mouth, cobwebs and flies come out

You say things with your mouth, cobwebs and flies come out
You say things with your mouth, cobwebs and flies come out
You say things with your mouth, cobwebs and flies come out
You say things with your mouth, cobwebs and flies come out
You say things with your mouth, cobwebs and flies come out


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"Lovely" as written by Tyler Joseph

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    My Interpretation'You say things with your mouth
    Cobwebs and flies come out'
    i think is showing how a person is lying about something, and based on twenty one pilots' other song meanings i would guess they're lies about how the person is feeling to do with suicidal thoughts and depression.

    'I hear a second voice
    Behind your tongue somehow
    Luckily I can read your mind
    Flies and cobwebs unwind'
    this is tyler saying that he knows you're lying and what you are actually thinking and feeling.

    'They will not take you down
    They will not cast you out.'
    i believe this is tyler assuring the person who lies about their feelings that if they tell someone about their issues, people wont think they're weird or horrible as they may believe they are.

    'Dear friend
    Here we are again pretending
    To understand how you think your world is ending,
    Sending signals and red flags in waves,'
    i think this part is referring to when you do open up to someone about your suicidal thoughts etc that people try to help and understand but they cant.

    'It's hard to tell the difference between blood and water these days,'
    to me this part is saying how friends can be there for you and understand you and your problems more than family.

    'I'll pray that one day you see,
    The only difference between life and dying, Is one is trying,
    That's all we're called to do,
    So try to love me and I'll try to save you.'
    this part is him saying that we were put on the earth to live and to commit suicide would be unnecessary.

    'Won't you stay alive,
    I'll take you on a ride,
    I will make you believe you are lovely.'
    this part i think is tyler saying that if choose to die you'll miss out on all the good things in life that make you feel happy and good about yourself.

    'Your redemption won't grow stale,'
    i think this may be a reference to god. tyler is saying that he will always be there to help you.

    'we are now just setting sail,
    On the seas of what we fear,
    treason now is growing near to me,
    I'm coming clean, God, hit me straight on.
    Don't be gone'
    saying that they are only just beginning to face their fears and to not give into the suicidal thoughts.

    'You say things with your mouth, cobwebs and flies come out.'
    i think maybe this was added at the end to show that even after saying all of these things to this person they still lie about how they feel as they dont have the confidence in themselves to tell someone.

    this is just my interpretation and its probably really stupid but i saw there were no other comments on this song and was disappointed so i added this so no one else would be.
    generalcommenton June 07, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a depressed girl and Tyler is her best friend trying to help her.

    "You say things with your mouth, cobwebs and flies come out, I hear a second voice behind your tongue somehow, luckily I can read your mind, flies and cobwebs unwind" Everything she says is clichéd and hides what she really means. Luckily, he knows her well enough to know what she really means. She's afraid of people not liking her for who she really is.

    "Dear friend here we are again pretending to understand how you think your world is ending" He doesn't really get it, which is typical for a boy in love with a girl, like not seeing her faults. Same goes for best friends I guess.

    "Sending signals with red flags and waves, it's hard to tell the difference between blood and water these days" She's been trying to tell people how she feels, but they don't understand what she's trying to say. Both her family (blood) and her friends (water) are acting the same.

    "I pray that one day you'll see, the only difference between life and dying is one is trying, that's all we're called to do, so try to love me and I'll try to save you. " This part is confusing. He loves her, and maybe he hopes that her loving him will pull her out of her depression. I think it also just helps the stage for the chorus:

    "Won't you stay alive? I'll take you on a ride. I will make you believe you are lovely" This part is so sweet. He's trying to convince her not to commit suicide, so he says, "Come on, let's go for a drive, (like Sally and Lightning in the movie Cars) I will tell you why I love you, why you need to stay alive, I will show you how you are lovely."

    "Your redemption won't grow stale, we are now just setting sail, on the seas of what we fear" I took this to be that she's a new Christian and struggling in her faith along with her insecurity. He's saying that God won't give up on her, and that He will be there with her in her fears.

    "Sweet, I'm coming clean, God hit me straight on, don't be gone" He's confessing something, maybe that he saw what she was saying earlier and feels guilty for not doing anything earlier? Then he says that God was the one Who reveiled her depression to him. He hopes he's not too late to save her.

    That's just my opinion; you'd have to ask Mr. Tyler Joseph for the real meaning behind it.
    TheDeedster<3sMusicon May 01, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationYou say things with your mouth
    Cobwebs and flies come out
    I hear a second voice behind your tongue somehow
    Luckily I can read your mind
    Flies and cobwebs unwind
    They will not take you down
    They will not cast you out
    "I think Tyler is saying that you talk about your depression and how you feel worthless, but he stills hear a voice behind that depression that wants to live and not be depressed."

    Dear friend, here we are again pretending
    To understand how you think your world is ending
    Sending signals and red flags in waves
    It's hard to tell the difference between blood and water these days
    I'll pray that one day you see
    The only difference between life and dying
    Is one is trying, that's all we're called to do
    So try to love me and I'll try to save you
    "In this verse I think Tyler is saying that you think your life is really bad and it might be but it could be worse. But you are still having suicidal thoughts and he is saying that God has called us to live our lives. Tyler is also saying that he will always be here for us."

    Won't you stay alive?
    I'll take you on a ride
    I will make you believe you are lovely
    Won't you stay alive?
    I'll take you on a ride
    I will make you believe you are lovely
    "Tyler is asking us to stay alive and keep living because our lives our precious, and if we feel unworthy or worthless he tells us that we are beautiful and special and he will make us believe that."
    TOPgirl16on August 04, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionPersonally, this song means so much to me so here's my opinion :D
    'You say things with your mouth, cobwebs and flies come out' I think that's Tyler's way of saying that he knows (whoever this is directed to, or maybe the clique idk) that you're lying about how you really feel.
    'I hear a second voice behind your tongue somehow' I think that's trying to say that he knows that you're lying and he knows what you're thinking
    'Luckily i can read your mind, flies and cobwebs unwind' Again, he knows what you're thinking and if you open up, it'll be easier for people to help you
    (I also think this is linked to not giving into suicidal thoughts (: )
    "They will not take you down, they will not cast you out" Saying if you tell someone, they most likely will understand and try to help
    'Dear friend here we are again pretending to understand how you think your world is ending' I think that means like that we don't all have the same problems, and some people will try to understand but they won't
    'Sending signals and red flags in waves, its hard to tell the difference between blood and water these days' I think that means like you're trying to discreetly send signals of what you're feeling and it won't work, you have to tell someone. And, 'it's hard to tell the difference between blood and water these days' I think that's linked to suicidal thoughts and that so many people feel the same so they'll understand (bc ill nerd out, all the water in the Earth? that's what i'm thinking lol)
    'I'll pray that one day you'll see the only difference between life and dying is one is trying and that's all we're called to do so try to love me and i'll try to save you" This line means so much to me, i think it's Tylers way of saying that He wants you to see that no matter how hard it is, you have to try to live because we were put here to live, and to throw it away would be pointless.
    'Won't you stay alive? I'll take you on a ride, i will make you believe you are lovely' I think that's saying that If you stay alive, you'll have more of a chance of achieving everything you want to do and more, that there's so much out there
    "Your redemption won't grow stale, we are now just setting sail" This means the world to me like sOMEONE PUT THIS INTO WORDS, but what i see it meaning is pretty self explaitory, you are now justs getting started and if you give in, you won't see that it's temporary and it will get better. (Ex. Tyler never thought he would make it past 18, but now he's 28 and living his dream. If that's not proof that it gets better idk what is)
    "I'm coming clean" yIKES IM EMOTIONAL
    but i think it means like in his and whoever this effects' pov that you're coming clean of all you did (makes more sense if you're Christian, that's all i'm gonna say)
    'God hit me straight on"
    This can come about two ways, if it's like that^ I think it means that God has changed his life and he will yours
    If it's "God, hit me straight on" I think that's him saying "i'm ready to change, make a difference in my life"
    aNYWHOOSIES, (People don't say that anymore?) That was my opinion :)))
    blasphemytyleron December 12, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is my favorite song by this artist. It reminds me of my wife of 30 years. How she is courageous and inspiring because she embraces the struggle with other souls and leads them through the darkness like the lyrics describe.
    tjbezyon March 05, 2016   Link

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