Tyler Joseph, the creator of this song, is talking in his point of view. He's talking to his fans. I believe this because in numerous interviews he has called his fans friends, and has told...
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    My InterpretationI think the speaker is talking to a friend who is hiding his/her suicidal thoughts and depression from the world, and they are trying to tell the friend that they will listen to anything the friend has to say.
    "remove your hands from over your eyes" could mean that the friend is trying to hide their eyes, which can be referred to as a window into the soul, so nobody knows what they are going through. It could also mean that speaker has always been there and 'removing' his/her 'hands' would help them see that they are not alone.
    survivingdisasterson November 22, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationIn my opinion the song is describing a friend who is begging for forgiveness from someone who doesn't seem to understand how sorry this person feels for his mistake "...friend please remove your hands from over your eyes"; As for the part where he begs for his friend not to take his life away from him I think he's not referring to actually taking his life but to not wanting his friend to completely end their friendship and forbidding him from their friendship "...I know you want to leave but friend please don't take your life away from me"
    ryuk114837on December 03, 2015   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a friend of the singer who thinks about suicide. He asks him not to. Because he would miss him if he would.
    BlackDiamond01on January 02, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI read it as though he is struggling being there for his friend(possibly loved one) because of his tendency to isolate and withhold himself...as though in the first part of the song he is discussing himself. His friend loves him, but covers their eyes to leave because they are hurt. He wants his friend to stay and promises that they will both find the light...From what I know about Tyler Joseph, that just feels right to me.
    xandranoelon May 03, 2016   Link
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    Song MeaningThe singer responds to his friend's confession to being depressed with friendly support.
    The friend's failures have made him ashamed of himself, resulting in him hiding and denying support while being hopeless.
    He encourages his friend to see the goods in life and accept his support. He reminds him that there are people who care about him and they would be devastated if he took his own life.
    The singer tries to make his friend realise that his depression has sucked up his life and excitement.
    He tries to restore their relationship to stop his friend's suicidal thoughts while assuring him that he will actively discuss anything to make him glow again.
    andreas16700on September 10, 2016   Link
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    My Interpretation"friend, please
    don't take your life away
    from me"

    Only this sentence is enough to bring tears to my eyes.

    It's about a depressed, probably suicidal friend whom he wants to save desperately. The emphasis on "for me" "from me" indicates the love and support. He is telling his friend to not kill him-herself; not just because it is not the right thing to do. Because this friend means so much to him.
    "Remove yourself from over your eyes" The friend we're talking about is hiding from something. Maybe scared of what she-he's been through and just can't find the courage to live/see again. "Where light once was" and "who you have become" proves my claim. But he could also be talking about depression, plain an simple. (Depression doesn't need a reason :( )
    There is also a continuous comparison between now and then. What depression can do to a person is shown clearly. "you have lost your sway and glow"
    "'Cause I just wont let go 'til we BOTH see the light" Two troubled buds helping each other out. (This is what I call friendship)
    The only thing I fail to understand in this song is "exterminate your bones" part. So this friend needs someone to kill him? Or maybe only someone to break the mold and make him-her free.
    broccolison September 17, 2016   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It's perfect for a friend trying to convince another friend to not commit suicide. People don't always realize that their will be people who will miss them if they were gone. It's perfect for me personally because I have many depressed friends, and I use this song to help show my feelings.
    azzybobton May 10, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that this song is about, like many people already mentioned, is about a friend of the speaker's who is dealing with depressed or suicidal thoughts (I know you want to leave but friend, please don't take your life away from me). But, the speaker [Tyler] won't leave them alone, or is trying to help them by letting them know they are not alone ('Cause I just wont let go 'til we both see the light). However, by saying 'we both' this could mean both people are struggling and need each other to try and keep going.
    blayke.dolenzon May 29, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's from God's perspective, the whole song, look at the lyrics, he's talking from God's perspective
    "Friend, please
    remove your hands
    from over your eyes
    for me
    I know you want to leave but
    friend, please
    don't take your life away
    from me"
    If you read that from a super natural perspective then you will see that God is saying do not turn from the path of righteousness or commit suicide, instead come closer to me and put your life in my hands.
    Runewayneo3on October 10, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationNB: My use of the term "friend" here is loose- could it be an actual friend or relative? is it referring to suicidal fans? I think Tyler purposely used "friend" instead of a name (and purposely did not use any specific pronouns) so that people could themselves relate

    I see it as him finding out how his friend has been dealing with mental illness and suicidal thoughts, but have tried to hide it. However, he has noticed the subtle changes in behaviour ("Living like a ghost you walk by everyone you know//You say that you're fine but you have lost your sway and glow)

    He is trying to give his friend a reason to stay alive- if they can't do it for themselves, do it for him ("Friend, please don't take your life away from me")

    "remove your hands from// Over your eyes for me" means that the friend thought they were alone ("but when did you believe you were alone?") and Tyler is saying that they just can't see they have people there for them- they just need to look properly

    My favourite part of the song is: "Would you let me know your plans tonight?// 'Cause I just won't let go 'til we both see the light// And I have nothing else left to say// But I will listen to you all day, yes I will" I have interpreted as Tyler talking his friend out of any suicidal plans they may have had, he says he will stay there to stop them doing anything bad to themselves and to let the friend just talk about their issues

    A very deep and meaningful song
    My interpretation is very basic but I belief it has been made very clear on purpose- so people with suicidal thoughts could not fail to notice the message of the song :)
    harrietrmon April 25, 2017   Link

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