"Fairly Local" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
I’m fairly local, I’ve been around
I’ve seen the streets you're walking down
I’m fairly local, good people now

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I’m evil to the core
What I shouldn't do I will
They say I’m emotional
What I wanna save I’ll kill
Is that who I truly am?
I truly don’t have a chance
Tomorrow I’ll keep a beat
And repeat yesterday’s dance

Yo, this song will never be on the radio
Even if my clique were to pick and the people were to vote
It’s the few, the proud, and the emotional
Yo, you, bulletproof in black like a funeral
The world around us is burning but we’re so cold
It’s the few, the proud, and the emotional

I’m fairly local, I’ve been around
I’ve seen the streets you're walking down
I’m fairly local, good people now

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I’m not evil to the core
What I shouldn't do I will fight
I know I’m emotional
What I wanna save I will try
I know who I truly am
I truly do have a chance
Tomorrow I’ll switch the beat
To avoid yesterday’s dance

Yo, this song will never be on the radio
Even if my clique were to pick and the people were to vote
It’s the few, the proud, and the emotional
Yo, you, bulletproof in black like a funeral
The world around us is burning but we’re so cold
It’s the few, the proud, and the emotional

I’m fairly local, I’ve been around
I’ve seen the streets you're walking down
I’m fairly local, good people now

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I’m fairly local, I’ve been around
I’ve seen the streets you're walking down
I’m fairly local, good people now

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Yeah

I'm fairly local, good people now
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Good people now
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Good people now
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh


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"Fairly Local" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +14
    My InterpretationIn a couple of interviews, Tyler has talked about how humans know right from wrong, but we do not always do what is 'right'. We often hurt other people, even people who we love. The chorus alludes to this by saying "I'm evil to the core. What I shouldn't do I will...What I wanna save I'll kill. Is that who I truly am? Tomorrow I'll keep a beat and repeat yesterday's dance." He is referring to the never-ending cycle of pain that comes from hurting others when he talks about repeating yesterday's dance.

    The phrase 'fairly local' is their way of saying that they have both gone through the same dark times that we also go through.

    They have also mentioned in interviews that a lot of musicians are not genuine when it comes to their songs. Some musicians do not believe in the words they are singing and they are creating music for the wrong reasons. This is why this song (or any of their songs, for that matter) will "never be on the radio". Twenty one pilots' lyrics are much deeper than most pop music that is about less important things like partying, drinking etc. Because their songs are so heavy, it is not likely that the general population will grab onto them as a band.

    "The world around us is burning, but we're so cold. It's the few, the proud and the emotional." It is scary to recognize all of these problems that humanity has. It is even more terrifying to look at ourselves, as individuals, and to bring all of our faults to the table.

    The demon-like voice in the song represents our evil side, or our 'demons', that are in the back of our minds. This is the voice we listen to when we make decisions that have unwanted consequences. This song sounds so dark and maybe even a little creepy because of the dark part that we all have inside us.

    Towards the end of the song, everything is reversed. We realize and accept that we are messed up. Even with all of this evilness that humans have, we are not going to just let it keep happening. We are going to try our hardest to stop hurting others.
    ZoMotyckaon March 27, 2015   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationRomans 7:15
    ginnyboyon June 02, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think that in Fairly Local they are saying that they understand what it's like to be in a dark place, far from God.
    natloves21pon June 06, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Josh and I are right now sitting in Columbus, Ohio, at my house and we love it here. It's our hometown and it always will be. So I think in the song "Fairly Local," it's more metaphor. We had a lot of conversations with a lot of people who like listening to music or using music to get through tough times. If anything, I think Josh and I learned when we were traveling the world during the last album cycle that everyone's the same, everyone feels the same issues. So it's kind of a way of getting on the same level as these people and telling them, in a sense, we understand what you're going through."

    -Tyler Joseph
    allianonymouson April 18, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthe's telling us you're not alone. sometimes he's evil and sometimes he's not. if you are feeling like that, he's telling you that he's been there and you're not alone.
    selftitledlifeon February 13, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt seems to me like the two verses are two different sides of his (or anyone's) mind. Everyone does things we know are wrong. Sometimes we don't even care that they are wrong. Yet overall we generally try and do good with our lives. The two verses of this song are almost exact inverses of each other. It seems like this is done to highlight the contradiction in our minds between what want to do and what we know is right and the struggle that goes on internally over it.
    JIASnake20on September 28, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo this is actually a question I need answered asap!!!! So I have been a TØP fan for a long time, I'm a full on clique member! I watch all their interviews, I know all the cliques inside jokes and I have all the merch and I watch all their vines and personal vids... I love josh and Tyler just as much as I love the band itself. Twenty one pilots is my obsession and I love them with all my heart. I kee that they were Christian, but that didn't change how I felt about them (I am anti religion) and recently I looked up what the lyrics to some of their songs were, and real sizes I have been depending on songs that I for the majority of the lyrics disagreed with. I believe in god, but in some of their songs it says seems to say that you must beg god to forgive your sins and he'll and stuff I don't exactly believe... I'm comeoltely heartbroken because this ruins the concept that I thought I finally found a band that I can relate to on a whole different level and something I believe in and understand. Now I don't know what to think... someone help. I've cryed about this for an hour (it sounds dumb but I love them so much) and I am lost. They are the only thing keeping me going in this hard time in my life and I feel like because it's Christian I can't rely on it like I did, a few songs a I can (the ones that don't imclude Christian belief) but I don't know what to do. I'm not judging them, I accept them as people and amazing people still, but their music idk what to think now. Someone help I'm heartbroken.:(
    Twentyonecliqueon March 27, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo when he says "I’m evil to the core, what I shouldn't do I will. They say I’m emotional. What I wanna save I’ll kill. Is that who I truly am? I truly don’t have a chance. Tomorrow I’ll keep a beat and repeat yesterday’s dance" I think that it`s Blurryface taking him over, saying that he doesn't have a chance and that he isn't certain with himself and that he wants to repeat the bad things he's done.

    But when he says "I’m not evil to the core, what I shouldn't do I will fight. I know I’m emotional. What I wanna save I will try. I know who I truly am, I truly do have a chance. Tomorrow I’ll switch the beat to avoid yesterday’s dance" he is bringing himself back to his senses and he wants to fight Blurryface so he gets better and avoids doing things wrong, if possible.

    And when he says "Even if my clique were to pick and the people were to vote, it’s the few, the proud, and the emotional. Yo, you, bulletproof in black like a funeral. The world around us is burning but we’re so cold, it’s the few, the proud, and the emotional" he means that whoever listens to his songs and follows him is different and stands out. Even if they seem normal, they are different on the inside.
    thisistooshorton December 07, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcan someone tell me how Tyler can really rap this fast I mean listen to heavydirtysoul
    xcrybabixon April 05, 2017   Link

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