You will never know what's behind my skull,
So won't you say goodnight so I can say goodbye.

You will never know what's under my hair,
So won't you say goodnight so I can say goodbye.

You will never know what's under my skin,
So won't you say goodnight so I can say goodbye.

You will never know what is in my veins,
So won't you say goodnight so I can say goodbye.

Won't you go to someone else's dreams,
Won't you go to someone else's head,
Haven't you taken enough from me,
Won't you torture someone else's sleep?

And you will never know what I'm thinking of,
So won't you say goodnight so I can say goodbye,

And you will never understand what I believe,
So won't you say goodnight so I can say goodbye.

Haven't you taken enough from me,
Won't you torture someone else's sleep?
Won't you go to someone else's dreams,
Won't you go to someone else's head.
Haven't you taken enough from me,
Won't you torture someone else's sleep?

I start to part two halves of my heart in the dark and I,
Don't know where I should go,
When the tears and the fears begin to multiply,
Taking time in a simple place,
In my bed where my head rests on a pillowcase,
And it's said that a war's lead but I forget,
That I let another day go by,
I want to be afraid but it seems that these days,
I'm caught under water and I'm falling farther,
My heart's getting harder, I'm calling my father,
Am I screaming to an empty sky?
Empty sky, no way that's me 'cause one half of my heart is free,
Empty sky, no way that's me 'cause the other half of my heart's asleep.


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  • +1
    My InterpretationThis might be biased, as this song reminded me very deeply of one of the characters I've been writing recently.
    My character, in question, is an extremely sensitive and empathetic soul, who has a tendency to talk far too much. They've been struck with the realization that - well, no one cares, and no one gets it. No one cares, nor will ever care. No one gets /it/ - your state of mind, your reasoning, you - nor will never get it. This is what I believe the first few lines to mean, "You will never know what's behind my skull/You will never know what's under my hair...You will never know what I'm thinking of/You will never know what I believe..."

    "So won't you say goodnight,
    So I can say goodbye."
    As in, please stop pretending to care, so I no longer have to feel guilty about my suicidal thoughts.

    "Won't you torture someone else's sleep?"
    They have a tendency to relive past embarrassments, and failures. See, danisnotonfire's "Cringe Attack".

    "Haven't you taken enough from me?"
    They feel that they constantly put more into their relationships than the other person would ever bother to.

    "I start to part two halves of my heart in the dark and I,
    Don't know where I should go,
    When the tears and the fears begin to multiply,"
    This realization that they'll never have a strong connection with another human being, despite how much they wish for one, devolves into suffocating loneliness.
    "Empty sky, no way that's me 'cause one half of my heart is free,
    Empty sky, no way that's me 'cause the other half of my heart's asleep."
    One part of them feels free - being alone makes you free of judgement. There is no reason to feel obligated any longer. However, people are a very important aspect of life to them. They crave communication, attention, and unconditional love. No matter how hopeless it is, they can't stop the desire.

    ("I'm calling my father..." also seemed strangely on-target, since the character I was thinking of has daddy issues. Though, in all honesty, that line likely does reference God.)
    AnEnigmaon September 11, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationWon't the demons say good night so I can say goodbye?
    Can't they just leave me alone?
    Won't you torture someone else's sleep?
    They don't know what I'm like; the One who created my head, skin, hair, veins, thoughts, and dreams is the only one who truly knows.
    So I decide to cut my heart in half.
    One half set against the demons, asleep as they try to torture me.
    The other half set on God as he fully fills the sky.
    Oliveiaon November 29, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSo, I think when you listen to most of twenty one pilots' songs what you take away from it and how you interpret it has almost fully to do with your own experiences and what's happening in your life.

    For this reason what I hear in this song is depression and suicide.
    Don't you ever just have that feeling that NO ONE knows you- at all. The whole day you're wearing another face but when you're alone you're YOU and no one really knows what you're like. Maybe no one knows you're depressed and that in itself can created a void of loneliness. That's what I think the first part of the song is about- that feeling that no one knows you or your thoughts. So won't they just "say goodnight" (leave you alone; stop caring/pretending to care) so you can "say goodbye" (kill yourself? It's quite morbid but I think plausible. Or maybe just leave- recede into your mind and not have to put on your every day face).

    Okay, then the part:
    "Won't you go to someone else's dreams,
    Won't you go to someone else's head,
    Haven't you taken enough from me,
    Won't you torture someone else's sleep?"
    To me this could be those horrible voices you get in your head that hate you and call you ugly and worthless and not good enough (your blurryface); the demons in your mind. It could also maybe be the people in your life that care about you. The worst thing about depression, to me, is all the people you hurt along the way. So you think about them the whole time and to an extent you feel like you can't really do anything to yourself because of them and in that way they've taken something from you ("Haven't you taken enough from me")

    I don't really know if any of my interpretations properly fit into each other but they're just the feeling I get so...

    Then the last part. I think it has deep religious... references? Firstly I think it's saying how when all your horrid thoughts start to get too much and you know you should get help from someone round about now, you don't know who to go to for help ("Don't know where I should go,
    When the tears and the fears begin to multiply,")
    So you're in bed and you start thinking and you realize you let another day go by without living or noticing or caring ("That I let another day go by,") and you can't make yourself seem to care about this ("I want to be afraid"). Then the song says "I'm caught under water and I'm falling farther,
    My heart's getting harder, I'm calling my father,"
    which I think is referring to what depression feels like- like your underwater and you can't really hear anyone and you are slowly drowning- and it's also expressing how the amount of caring you are doing is decreasing with each day ("what is the point?") and then you start asking for help from God but that isn't helping- it's not exactly like someone comes down to comfort you- and so you start questioning God and religion and all that which just leads you back to feeling hopeless, etc, etc.

    Then I honestly have no idea what the last lines mean to me.

    Haha
    MorbidWhisperon May 25, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationA lot of Tyler's songs deal with sleep/night time like ode to sleep, guns for hands and truce. I think this song is about those nights where he has too many worries and thoughts that keep him up at night.

    'You will never know what's behind my skull/You will never know what's under my hair/You will never know what's under my skin/You will never know what is in my veins' - I think this refers to how he is able to put on a facade during the day but when night comes he struggles to hide how he actually feels and deals with his anxieties and fears that he has avoided throughout the day.

    'I'm calling my father, Am I screaming to an empty sky?' He doesn't know who to turn to when he feels this bad and questions his faith as he tries to reach out to God.
    dreamemberon February 16, 2014   Link

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