This is the story about a scarlet letter. Yeah.

It just hit me as I lay my head down
No one around, in the dark cold night I hear a sound
In my head, repeat track of everything you've ever said
Must be something, but it's nothing so I just go back to bed

It's 4, crack the door to the hallway in my dreams
But it seems that my hallway keeps closing in on me
Forcing me out, making me think about you and how you're gone
I see 4 o' 5 with teary eyes, and then I write this song

And I just can't believe it has to be this way
You know we say it seems to me that it was just the other day
I saw your face and saw your light, you ran the race, you fought the fight
But now it's all bein' torn down for me tonight

And I know it might be a little selfish for me to say
But I need to know if you thought of me at all today
'Cause every day I walk past the place you left, 5 days of the week
And now it's 10 after 4 and I am taken by sleep

Spending hours on end, deciding what I'd say to a friend if I ever saw him again
'Cause I don't if I know, don't want to come across the wrong way
And I don't know if I know, but I know I want to see your face today

And somebody told me they saw you cry and break down
Do you know how hard that is to get around and think about?
It's not like you to let emotions get the best of things
Especially when everything is hanging in the air we breathe

And I just can't believe it has to be this way
You know we say it seems to me that it was just the other day
I saw your face and saw your light, you ran the race, you fought the fight
But now it's all bein' torn down for me tonight

And I know it might be a little selfish for me to say
But I need to know if you thought of me at all today
'Cause every day I walk past the place you left, 5 days of the week
And now it's 10 after 4 and I am taken by sleep

I'll sing a song to you my friend
I'll sing a song to you my friend
I'll sing a song to you my friend
I'll sing a song to you my-- Let's go!

Friend, yeah, yeah, yeah
I'll sing a song to you my friend
I'll sing a song to you my friend
I'll sing a song to you my friend
I'll sing a song to you my friend


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Taken by Sleep song meanings
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    My InterpretationThis song could mean something different for every person, but to me it seems like Tyler is singing about a friend he lost, or a friend who passed away (probably commited suicide)

    When I first heard it, and read the lyrics, I felt sick because it hit so close to home. Last year a good friend of me died in a car crash. And this song describes perfectly what I felt/still feel.

    Because when I realize that she's been dead for almost a year now, I can't believe it, because to me it still seems like it was just yesterday.

    And if I'd have the chance to see her one last time, I wouldn't know what so say to her. I wouldn't even know if I'd be angry at her for not driving carefully enough and for letting all of this happen, because in all honesty: That's how I felt back then. I was sad and sick and angry.
    But in the end it wouldn't matter, because I'd be happy enough if I could just see her face again.

    "And somebody told me they saw you cry and break down
    Do you know how hard that is to get around and think about?
    It's not like you to let emotions get the best of things
    Especially when everything is hanging in the air we breathe"

    This is the verse that always makes my stomach twist.
    Because a few weeks after the accident, her boyfriend, who was in the car with her and survived, told me under tears that when paramedics arrived, she was still alive and that she was crying for help and said that she was dying, and paramedics didn't help her, because they wanted to get him out of the car first. When they got him out, she was already gone.

    And this was so fucking hard for me to know, because then I felt like "They could have saved her" and like there still was a chance that she'd be alive today. And everytime I saw her boyfriend I felt sick again, because deep down I thought that it was his fault. And he was that cruel reminder that she was dead because he was alive.
    I mean, I later realized that it wasn't his fault. But being around him still gave me a sad and weird feeling. Everytime he was around me, this sadness was literally hanging in the air.


    This song means so so much to me, and I'm so thankful that Tyler wrote it, because he perfectly captured my thoughts and emotions.

    "Taken by Sleep" will always be her song, even though I really wish it wasn't.
    Jexlon July 08, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General Commentokay, it would be creepy if this was the actual meaning, but this song reminds me of my relationship with a, uh, friend. we were really close and we helped each other. we were the other's safe space. he was really not okay, and then he got a girlfriend and kinda forgot about me. it was as if we never happened. and I was still feeling the same, as if I /had to/ be there for him and support him, I guess that just gave me a purpose and I couldn't stand having that taken away from me. He recently tried to kill himself and I introduced myself onto his life just to see that things got worse. I can't think of anything else and he just doesn't care. He's gone, but still suffers and it kills me to know that I can't help him.
    So yeah, to me this song is about being scared that someone you love is not okay but being unable to do anything. Every lyric portrays exactly how I feel.
    SopheBKon July 26, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really love Tyler Joseph so I've heard this song once or twice before, but I stumbled upon it recently and it's come to mean very much to me. I lost one of my best friends in a car crash a few weeks ago, and this song is one of the only things I've found that can even come close to describing what I'm feeling. I don't know what I would say to him if I ever saw him again-- goodbye, I suppose. And that I love him. I didn't tell him enough. I delete most of the texts and pictures I have on my phone to save room; I'll just see them again later, right? But i won't. I won't see him later, or ever again. I have a dozen or so pictures, a few videos, and a whole lot of memories. "I just can't believe it has to be this way" is incredibly accurate. I miss you, Bert. I'll never stop missing you.
    seaglasson December 06, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis is actually about a classmate of Tyler's that committed suicide. When I first heard this, song and the meaning I actually bawled my eyes out. The pain he goes through and everything he had witness just breaks my heart and I just honestly feel so bad, the lyrics, the tone, it sounds like and we all know that he would do anything to get that classmate back and i feel that just leaves him with the feeling that it was something he did because that's what i get sometimes. "And I can't believe it has to be this way you know we say it seems to me like it was just the other day i saw your face, i saw your light, you ran the race, you fought the fight" This means so much, the way he worded this how he/she fought and it seems like they couldn't take it anymore, and he still remembers them, "Somebody told me they saw you cry and break down Do you know how hard that is to get around and think about" Saying that Tyler cares so deeply for them to see them just the little bit of sad or upset gets himself upset and whenever he thinks about this, it hurts him. "4:05 with teary eyes and then i write this song" I think that he might've found out during the night, and then it hits him at that time and begins writing? (i'm also sorry if my spelling isn't that good i'm crying while writing this but i'll be ok (: ) I want to say so much more but i don't want to keep this going for much longer. :)) Stay alive my frens |-/
    blasphemytyleron December 13, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song probably means something else to everyone but here's what I think. To me this song is about about having a friend who very recently committed suicide. As in that very day.

    "It just hit me as I lay my head down
    No one around, in the dark cold night I hear a sound
    In my head, repeat track of everything you've ever said..."

    I think what this means is he (Tyler) was trying to hold it together as long as he could when he found out about what happened, and now that no one is around he finally lets it sink in. He thinks about everything that this friends has every said, possibly searching for anything that might have foreshadowed what would happen.

    "It's 4, crack the door to the hallway in my dreams
    But it seems that my hallway keeps closing in on me
    Forcing me out, making me think about you and how you're gone
    I see 4 o' 5 with teary eyes, and then I write this song"

    It's late now and he's trying to sleep but he just keeps thinking about how this friend is now gone. He cries about it but then realizes that he needs to get all of his thoughts out so he writes the song.

    "And I just can't believe it has to be this way
    You know we say it seems to me that it was just the other day
    I saw your face and saw your light, you ran the race, you fought the fight
    But now it's all bein' torn down for me tonight"

    It's hard for him to process that fact that his friend is gone because he was recently with them and they seemed perfectly fine. But now he realizes that someone can appear fine and be the complete opposite.

    "And I know it might be a little selfish for me to say
    But I need to know if you thought of me at all today
    Cause every day I walk past the place you left, 5 days of the week
    And now it's 10 after 4 and I am taken by sleep"

    He just wants to know if his friend thought of him before going through with it. To me "every day I walk past the place you live five days of the week" means that they were in college together and this friend lived in a dorm or somewhere near/on campus during weekdays then visited family or something like that on weekends.

    "Spending hours on end, deciding what I'd say to a friend if I ever saw him again
    'Cause I don't know if I know, don't want to come across the wrong way
    And I don't know if I know, but I know I want to see your face today"

    Some of this verse is a little hard because of how it's worded but here's what I got: Tyler keeps thinking about what he would say to this friend if he ever saw him again (basically meaning exactly what it's saying) because he wouldn't want to say the wrong thing, and would also just want to see them one more time.

    "And somebody told me they saw you cry and break down
    Do you know how hard that is to get around and think about?
    It's not like you to let emotions get the best of things
    Especially when everything is hanging in the air we breathe"

    Someone had told him that this friend had fallen apart right in front of them and now it's hard to think about because someone knew that this person was not okay and they still killed themself. It's even harder to think about knowing that this person wasn't someone to let their feelings get the best of things since things will spread around and people will know things.

    "I'll sing a song to you my friend"

    This is the last line and (in my opinion) a way of saying "this song is a tribute to you and I'll make sure you are not forgotten"




    Myfriendhopeon April 23, 2017   Link

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