"Screen" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
I do not know why I would go
In front of you and hide my soul
'Cause you're the only one who knows it,
Yeah you're the only one who knows it

And I will hide behind my pride
Don't know why I think I can lie
'Cause there's a screen on my chest
Yeah there's a screen on my chest

I'm standing in front of you
I'm standing in front of you
I'm trying to be so cool
Everything together trying to be so cool

I'm standing in front of you
Oh I'm standing in front of you
I'm trying to be so cool
Everything together trying to be so cool

I can't see past my own nose, I'm seeing everything in slo-mo
Look out below crashing down to the ground just like a vertical locomotive
That's a train, am I painting the picture that's in my brain?
A train from the sky, locomotive, my motives are insane
My flow's not great, okay, I conversate with people
Who know if I flow on a song I'll get no radio play
While you're doing fine, there's some people and I
Who have a really tough time getting through this life
So excuse us while we sing to the sky

I'm standing in front of you
I'm standing in front of you
I'm trying to be so cool
Everything together trying to be so cool

I'm standing in front of you
Oh I'm standing in front of you
Oh I'm trying to be so cool
Everything together trying to be so cool

Oh oh oh
We're broken
We're broken
We're broken
We're broken people, oh
We're broken people, oh

We're broken
We're broken
We're broken
We're broken people, oh
We're broken people, oh yeah

We're broken
We're broken
We're broken
We're broken people, oh
We're broken people, oh yeah

I'm standing in front of you
I'm standing in front of you
I'm trying to be so cool
Everything together trying to be so cool

I'm standing in front of you
I'm standing in front of you
Oh I'm trying to be so cool
Everything together trying to be so cool


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"Screen" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +8
    My Interpretationthis song is hard for me to read but i feel like he is saying he is broken and hiding who he is but when he is with people who he feels comfortable with he lets down his guard and they have a good time:"While you're doing fine, there's some people and I Who have a really tough time getting through this life
    So excuse us while we sing to the sky"
    this makes me think of being at a concert where you let your walls down and you just live your life to the fullest and feel one with all the people.
    aajensen96on September 21, 2013   Link
  • +6
    My InterpretationThe song is to God. He's saying there's no point in trying to hide anything from God, because God is all-knowing, and knows his heart from the inside-out- hence there is a screen on his chest. In the chorus, he talks about trying to be cool and make himself look like he has everything together- efforts which he says in the previous verses are futile. In the second verse, he basically says that he's messed up, but so is everyone else, and it's okay that we're all messed up because God loves us regardless- the reason God sent Jesus to Earth was because he knows every single one of us is a sinner. This is also the essence of the bridge- he's saying we're broken people, almost in a celebratory manner, because again, the fact that we're all broken just means that we each need God's grace.
    BryarBon January 28, 2014   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationI think this song is about having depression and trying to hide the bad thoughts from the person/people you care about the most. "And I will hide behind my pride/ Don't know why I think I can lie" Is saying how when we are are troubled or having one of those days where the depression is stronger we'll put on a face and "gode behind my pride" when we know we won't be able to lie forever. I think it could also tie into self harm, as we can try to lie about it but it always comes out.
    And when he he says "painting the mental picture that's in my brain" It describes the way a depressed person might feel. I don't think this is a religious song like many are saying, I feel like a lot of religious people try to take songs about depression and relate then to their faith, which is fine, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. This is just what the song means to me.
    RobinBobbunon March 22, 2015   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think that this song talks about him trying to hide himself from God. He says, "I do not know why I would go
    In front of you and hide my soul
    'Cause you're the only one who knows it,
    Yeah you're the only one who knows it" Also, he repeats "we're broken people" at the end. This, with the fact that they have Christian background, makes me believe this song about him hiding himself from God, just as Adam did in the garden. Also, "having a hard time getting through this life, so excuse us while we sing to the sky" is something that Christians do to praise God. They sing and praise God.
    ericvlahoson October 09, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationHe thinks he's a telly tubby "there's a screen on my chest"
    bccminion August 17, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think that he's saying he's broken hearted but trying to play it off. I came up with this from my life...
    Spartan_liam_118on January 05, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he's taking about being infront of someone he loves and hiding his feelings from that person. And when he says "we're broken people" it basically means we're messed up and hard to love because we were broken hearted. But that's just what I get from it. Cause hi im a broken person
    jazmine103on April 21, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI can't tell you what Tyler meant when he wrote this song but I can tell you what it means to me.

    Screen is a song sung to myself. I'm the only person who I trust to "know my soul." I have a hard time processing my emotions so my long-time method of handling them has been lying to myself about how I feel. I religiously live life with a screen on my chest because I've thought it makes it easier. You fool yourself into believing that you're okay and that things that affect you, don't.

    "I'm standing in front of you
    I'm standing in front of you
    I'm trying to be so cool
    Everything together trying to be so cool."

    I found strength in this false sense that I had my emotions under control. But eventually those delusions were shattered and the screen became transparent. There's a voice in my head which now counters my lies, saying "Why are you trying to lie to yourself? I'm not fooled." I feel like that voice is sarcastically mocking me when Tyler says:

    "While you're doing fine
    There's some people and I
    Who have a really tough time getting through this life
    So excuse us while we sing to the sky."

    Eventually, I listened to that voice beyond the screen. Because it feels like the first time in forever since I've actually been honest with myself and it helps me to trust myself more (because I don't). The first step to achieving emotional stability (for me) is accepting that:

    "We're broken
    We're broken
    We're broken
    We're broken people."
    Ravengal101on May 21, 2016   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThe song is about a man's crush on a beautiful girl whom he's trying to play it cool with and he's incredible friends with the girl and he and her lay down in the grass and sing to the sky and they connect in an unimaginable way. They are both dead inside and they find peace and comfort in eachother's well being and enjoys the capabilities of his female companion.
    CrazyCat124634on January 17, 2017   Link

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