"Glowing Eyes" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
La da da da, la da da dau, la da da da, la da dau
La da da da, la da da dau, la da da da, la da dau
We all are stranger creatures than when we all started out as kids
Culture forbids
We have romantic fantasies about what dying truly is
Fall off the grid

We live for the night's decor
It reveals what we dream of

I know there's someone at the door
They called for help, of this I'm sure
But do I want to say goodbye to all the glowing eyes
I'm holding on to what I know
And what I know, I must let go
But I would rather play a song for the eyes to sing along

La da da da, la da da dau, la da da da, la da dau (the eyes to sing along)
La da da da, la da da dau, la da da da, la da dau
Ooh ooh ooh ooh
We all know somebody who knows somebody who's doing great
I know some people who know people who are flying straight
But I'll kindly enter into rooms of depression
While ceiling fans and idle hands will take my life again

We live for the night's decor
It reveals what we dream of

I know there's someone at the door
They called for help, of this I'm sure
But do I want to say goodbye to all the glowing eyes
I'm holding on to what I know
And what I know, I must let go
But I would rather play a song for the eyes to sing along

This room is far too dark for us to stay around
Redemption's not that far and darkness is going down

This room is far too dark for us to stay around
Redemption's not that far and darkness is going down

La da da da, la da da dau, la da da da, la da dau
La da da da, la da da dau, la da da da, la da dau
I'm holding on to what I know
And what I know, I must let go
But I would rather play a song for the eyes to sing along
La da da da, la da da dau, la da da da, la da dau (for the eyes to sing along)
La da da da, la da da dau, la da da da, la da dau

Make them stop
Make them stop
Make them stop
Make them stop
Make them stop


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"Glowing Eyes" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +4
    Song MeaningThe "someone at the door" is responsibility. It could be his own personal health, mental state, spiritual development, outside obligations, or really anything. Whatever is at the door is in need of attention, but he is too engrossed in his own thoughts and torments. He likes to entertain them, either in just a figure of speech sort of way (entertain a thought) or possibly through the songs that he sings.

    Basically the metaphor is that he locks himself up in a house of negative thoughts and shuts out the world.
    blebon July 14, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song as a whole represents the struggle he is facing when trying to be "who he is" vs who society wants him to be .
    *first stanza*
    We all are stranger creatures than when we all started out as kids
    Culture forbids
    We have romantic fantasies about what dying truly is
    Fall off the grid
    *
    This is basically saying that when we are born we are all different people, a toddler really doesn't care what other toddlers think of them. He then goes on to say that culture, aka society, forbids this difference, it longs for everyone to conform.
    *second stanza*
    We live for the night's decor
    It reveals what we dream of
    *
    The night is decorated by dreams, our subconscious thoughts, which is who we REALLY are, our subconscious cannot fake, our dreams reveal who we really are, and who we long to be.
    *chorus*
    I know there's someone at the door
    They called for help, of this I'm sure
    But do I want to say goodbye to all the glowing eyes
    I'm holding on to what I know
    And what I know, I must let go
    But I would rather play a song for the eyes to sing along
    *
    Glowing eyes represents society , or everyone around him, everyone is always watching. The person at the door is the real him, and he is faced with the decision to be the real him , who he longs to be, or say goodbye to the glowing eyes, friends and people.
    He knows he should let go of the glowing eyes and be the real him, but he would rather stay and sing along with them, conform to society.
    *next stanza*
    This room is far too dark for us to stay around
    Redemption's not that far and darkness is going down
    *
    The dark room is the fake him, and he can see that redemption, becoming who he really is isn't that far away, and when he reaches towards it the room seems to become lighter.
    *next stanza*
    We all know somebody who knows somebody who's doing great
    I know some people who know people who are flying straight
    But I'll kindly enter into rooms of depression
    While ceiling fans and idle hands will take my life again
    *
    The people who are doing great are the people who are being themselves , and when the song says "we all know somebody who knows somebody" it represents the rarity of these people who are being true to themselves.

    Then by saying "But I'll kindly enter in" it shows the willingness of this person to enter depressing rooms, but rooms where he accepted nonetheless. Curling fans and idle hands show that he is not really himself in these rooms, and the fake him takes the life of the real him.

    When the song says make then stop, it is representing a chorus of glowing eyes, society, singing along to a song that this man's fake self has written , and he wants more than anything for the eyes to stop singing and let him be who he wants to be.
    DrDoctorDooon June 24, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is clearly about his depression. Basically all of his are. He wants to be better, he no longer wants to be sad anymore, (and what I know I must let go) but "he is holding onto what he knows". Without his depression, he feels almost like an entirely different person, like he is missing something. So instead of letting his depression consume him, he wants to find a way to channel it, this can be different for many people, but he makes it into song. Instead of completely relinquishing his depression, he'd rather turn it into something else, so he makes songs where his depression escapes through. I understand this emotion completely, as why it is my favorite song.
    iFearTheNighton September 20, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think "someone at the door" is his responsibilities and they need attention, but he wants to stay in his state of depression, as he refers to as "glowing eyes." He knows that he should be happy and that he is completely capable, but he wants to stay depressed.

    And I think he's saying that if he gets a little less depressed, he'll try to stay the most depressed as possible, so he'll play a sad song "for the eyes to sing along" or in other words, stay depressed.

    I think he's also saying that he knows people that are happy and their life is way better than his, so he get jealous and would rather think of ways to take his life than to think about how much better their life is than his life.
    thisistooshorton December 07, 2015   Link
  • -1
    Song MeaningHe knows he needs to let go of his demons but it's what he's become and it's seems hard but he knows it's wrong.
    21pilotson May 25, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI feel that he is speaking of depression. He knows that he should get better, but doing so would put him out of his comfort zone. He's become accustomed to his own sadness. Someone who has never dealt with this may not understand it; but when you feel this way, youre not thinking as yourself. You may feel like you dont deserve to recieve help, or that its easier to stay depressed and avoid all of the pills, therapists, etc. Also, a lot of troubled artists feel that their issues help them to be creative, and that treatment may take that away from them.
    Kirby.kon March 14, 2016   Link

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