"Guns For Hands" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
I know what you think in the morning
When the sun shines on the ground
And shows what you have done
It shows where your mind has gone
And you swearing to your parents
That it will never happen again
I know, I know oh ow, what that means, I know oh oh oh ow

That you all have guns
And you never put the safety on
And you all have plans,
To take it, to take it, don't take it, take it, take it

I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
But I can't, but I can't when you all have
Guns for hands yeah

I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
But I can't, but I can't when you all have
Guns for hands yeah

Let's take this a second at a time
Let's take this one song, this one rhyme
Together, let's breathe
Together, to the beat
But there's hope out the window
So that's where we'll go
Let's go outside and all join hands
But until then you'll never understand

That you all have guns
And you never put the safety on
And you all have plans
To take it, to take it, don't take it, take it, take it

I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
But I can't, but I can't when you all have
Guns for hands yeah

We've turned our hands to guns, trade in our thumbs for ammunition
I must forewarn you, of my disorder, or my condition
'Cause when the sun sets, it upsets what's left of my invested interest
Interested in putting my fingers to my head
The solution is, I see a whole room of these mutant kids
Fused at the wrist, I simply tell them they should shoot at this
Simply suggest my chest and this confused music, it's
Obviously best for them to turn their guns to a fist

I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
But I can't, but I can't when you all have
Guns for hands

I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
But I can't, but I can't when you all have
Guns for hands


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"Guns For Hands" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +13
    General Commenti think this song is about the depressed/suicidal kids in the world
    "That you all have guns
    And you never put the safety on
    And you all have plans
    To take it, don't take it"
    how he is distressed that these kids feel that way, and the fact that suicide isnt being prevented.
    poetslifeon January 29, 2013   Link
  • +10
    My InterpretationThis is my semi-detailed breakdown:

    An interesting thing to note is the happy music with the lyrics about depression. I believe when analyzing the lyrics, he does this because people that carelessly listen to the song will not understand it. It requires deep thought. Depression also requires non depressed people to understand the disorder before they can help.
    The beginning of the song has to do with depression and self harm and the thoughts of suicide most depressed people constantly have.
    The 1st part talks about the morning after a night of cutting, and the common lie to loved ones to stop.
    The 2nd part is obvious. Constant suicidal idealization and going back and forward on the idea of suicide.
    The 3rd part explains that he is concerned about not just his own depression and suicide, but every one else that's depressed. Now the song becomes more about the lack of help/aid depressed people get.
    The 5th part is an attempt to let this song be the stepping stone into coming together and start helping this epidemic. It also says that depression wont get better if you become a recluse (you have to take action).
    The 8th part (the rap verse) is confusing. I think the first half is specifically aimed at non depressed people and trying to explain to them what the deal is with depression (showing that he also deals with it). In the other half he explains that his lyrics are trying to turn the guns (suicidal thoughts) into fists (to fight their disorder).

    This is my opinion! Let me know if you disagree with anything :)
    MashedPEon January 30, 2014   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti think the song could also have self mutilation references and an overall anti suicide theme

    i think "fused at the wrist" is referring to how a lot of self mutilators will cut their wrists, and it exposes the flesh underneath. all of these people being "connected" through the bare flesh on their wrists. i know it sounds weird but it kinda makes sense to me lol
    herestolife1000on April 26, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about how he knows what it feels like to be depressed or suicidal and just to take a breath a think before you do anything.
    "I know what you think in the morning,
    When the sun shines on the ground,
    And shows what you have done,
    It shows where your mind has gone,
    And you swear to your parents,
    That it will never happen again,
    I know, I know what that means, I know."
    Is talking about a failed suicide attempt. The sun came up and show what you did the night before. You tell your parent it won't happen again that you're okay now. He is also saying that he knows how you feel and what you mean.

    "That you all have guns,
    And you never put the safety on,
    And you all have plans,
    To take it, to take it, don't take it, take it, take it"
    You don't put the safety one because you're ready to go at any moment and you have made your plans already. He is saying not to go through with those plans to take your life.

    "I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep,
    I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep,
    But I can't, but I can't when you all have,
    Guns for hands."
    He can't sleep, he can't rest knowing that you are ready to pull the trigger.

    "Let's take this a second at a time,
    Let's take this one song, this one rhyme,
    Together, let's breathe,
    Together, to the beat,
    But there's hope out the window,
    So that's where we'll go,
    Let's go outside and all join hands,
    But until then you'll never understand."
    Just take a minute as step back from your problem and breath. There's hope out there and together you can go find it. You must go or you won't understand that there is hope and people out there for you.

    "We've turned our hands to guns, trade in our thumbs for ammunition,
    I must forewarn you, of my disorder, or my condition,
    'Cause when the sun sets, it upsets what's left of my invested interest,
    Interested in putting my fingers to my head,"
    We've stopped fighting and went for the guns instead. He mentions that he has a condition or disorder which I assume to be depression. And at the end of the day he only interest is to end it.

    "The solution is, I see a whole room of these mutant kids,
    Fused at the wrist, I simply tell them they should shoot at this,
    Simply suggest my chest and this confused music, it's,
    Obviously best for them to turn their guns to a fist."
    His solution to for all these kids with these thoughts to put down the guns and keep fighting.

    Heroes don't need capeson October 07, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHis lyrics helped me so much. I just want to give him a really long hug.
    Colin_Bettson May 19, 2015   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis is definitely a shout out to all listeners who ever thought of/or attempted suicide, or you might even say homicide.

    This band is very adamant about singing towards a crowd while trying to instill a certain sense of meaning through their lyrics.

    'I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
    I'm trying, I'm trying to sleep
    But I can't, but I can't when you all have
    Guns for hands yeah'

    In the chorus above, he's expressing his inability to sleep while he's thinking about all the kids out there that he can save through his music. He's asking people to listen to his music, to find something else to believe in and be interested in. A lot of his other songs promote unity through art, like Forest:

    ("Down in the forest we'll sing a chorus
    One that everybody knows
    Hands held higher, we'll be on fire
    Singing songs that nobody wrote.")

    or Kitchen Sink:

    (Are you searching for purpose?
    Then write something, yeah it might be worthless,
    Then paint something then, it might be wordless,
    Pointless curses, nonsense verses,
    You'll see purpose start to surface)

    I do think its a bit egocentric to play to your lyrics like Tyler does. But i think its good enough that he can do it successfully.

    I have been clinically depressed, diagnosed since highschool. I like to think i overcame it. I honestly feel very little difference now (almost 12 years later) than I did before, but i've really evolved into someone who understands the world I'm in and I've accepted it. I have a completely different paradigm of decisions I make, and relationships I work with. (It's difficult to maintain relationships when you're apathetic state desires complete solitude)

    Not a lot of people can do that. Twenty One Pilots shows a pretty good understanding of that mentality, which is why I think i can connect with them.
    fr0st2kon September 22, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationi broke this song down verse by verse in a notebook of mine, and here's my interpretation:

    i think the 1st verse is talking about the realization of who you have become and how you turned out (depressed/suicidal), and you're promising people you won't turn out like this again, even though you don't mean it. and the 2nd verse and chorus basically says that he (Tyler) knows that they're are depressed and suicidal people out there, and he's concerned and scared.

    the 3rd verse, to me, is basically saying to take life slowly, take time to heal, and you don't have to do it on your own. and that we can escape from whatever is keeping us down ("out the window") and go where there is hope, but you won't get there unless you're willing to try.

    i wasn't sure on the 4th verse, but what i got from it is that we grew up and traded our happiness for depression (turned our hands to guns, thumbs for ammunition) and when Tyler mentions the sun setting and putting his fingers to his head, i think he's explaining how he gets at night: suicidal (might not be true but that's what i got from it). and he's telling all the kids who self-harm to try to create music instead and fight. yeah, i'm not sure on the 4th one.
    overall, i'm sure it's an anti-suicide song.

    also, i think it's titled "Guns For Hands" because we use our hands for everything, it's all we use. but there are people out that only use/want to use guns instead, and "put their fingers to their heads".

    that is my opinion.
    19thpiloton December 27, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"""
    I know what you think in the morning
    When the sun shines on the ground
    And shows what you have done
    It shows where your mind has gone
    And you swearing to your parents
    That it will never happen again
    I know, I know oh ow, what that means, I know oh oh oh ow
    """
    I think this is when you're found after a failed suicide attempt.

    As for the chorus, i believe him saying 'You have guns for hands" means that so many people commit suicide their hands might as well be guns. And this fact makes it hard for him to sleep at night knowing all the suicidal people out there.

    """
    Let's take this a second at a time
    Let's take this one song, this one rhyme
    Together, let's breathe
    Together, to the beat
    But there's hope out the window
    So that's where we'll go
    Let's go outside and all join hands
    But until then you'll never understand
    """
    I believe this part takes place in suicide therapy. Trying to encourage people who are suicidal to rethink. Trying to calm them down.

    """
    That you all have guns
    And you never put the safety on
    And you all have plans
    To take it, to take it, don't take it, take it, take it
    """
    I feel this verse is quite literal of him begging you not to kill yourself with guns. That people these days never put the safeties on and they all have plans to take their own life.


    """
    We've turned our hands to guns, trade in our thumbs for ammunition
    I must forewarn you, of my disorder, or my condition
    'Cause when the sun sets, it upsets what's left of my invested interest
    Interested in putting my fingers to my head
    The solution is, I see a whole room of these mutant kids
    Fused at the wrist, I simply tell them they should shoot at this
    Simply suggest my chest and this confused music, it's
    Obviously best for them to turn their guns to a fist
    ""

    I believe this part also takes place in therapy. He is referring to his disorder as being suicidal. "I simply tell them they should shoot at this
    Simply suggest my chest and this confused music" We would prefer instead of having these people kill themselves, he'd prefer them to aim the gun to his chest and kill him instead.

    So i believe its about a person heavily worried about committing suicide and those who are considering committing suicide. Possibly the man Tyler is singing about is a suicide therapist or he is just singing of his own concerns.
    GregYanon May 09, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think the song means that people can do dangerous things with their hands. They have "guns for hands".
    Saoirse_DeGeaon June 03, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationi believe that the songwriter is trying to reach out to suicidal people and kind of come out and say i know what you are thinking i have had those suicidal thoughts before and he recognizes that we all have the ability to hurt ourselves hence the title and he is trying to help them and say hey lets turn those guns into something better or point them at something different even at himself rather than your own heads"Fused at the wrist, I simply tell them they should shoot at this,
    Simply suggest my chest and this confused music, it's,
    Obviously best for them to turn their guns to a fist."
    i think this song is mainly about helping these "kids" relating to their problems and making sure they don't kill themselves you can tell that most of his songs are about depression and suicidal thoughts.... a musical/lyrical genius and I'm so glad that he is able to speak about such a heavy topic to help other people out
    addie234on March 15, 2013   Link

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