"Stressed Out" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
I wish I found some better sounds no one’s ever heard
I wish I had a better voice that sang some better words
I wish I found some chords in an order that is new
I wish I didn't have to rhyme every time I sang

I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink
But now I’m insecure and I care what people think

My name's Blurryface and I care what you think
My name's Blurryface and I care what you think

Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out
Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out

We're stressed out

Sometimes a certain smell will take me back to when I was young
How come I’m never able to identify where it’s coming from
I’d make a candle out of it if I ever found it
Try to sell it, never sell out of it, I’d probably only sell one

It’d be to my brother, 'cause we have the same nose
Same clothes homegrown a stone’s throw from a creek we used to roam
But it would remind us of when nothing really mattered
Out of student loans and tree-house homes we all would take the latter

My name's Blurryface and I care what you think
My name's Blurryface and I care what you think

Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out
Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out

We used to play pretend, give each other different names
We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away
Used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face
Saying, "Wake up, you need to make money"
Yeah

We used to play pretend, give each other different names
We would build a rocket ship and then we'd fly it far away
Used to dream of outer space but now they're laughing at our face
Saying, "Wake up, you need to make money"
Yeah

Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out
Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out

Used to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
Used to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
We used to play pretend, give each other different names
We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away
Used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face
Saying, "Wake up, you need to make money"
Yeah


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"Stressed Out" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +7
    My InterpretationI think this song is about growing up and realizing that you are human and that you don't quite live up to the ideals that society tells you you should. For example, society tells you "Don't care what other people think!" I think this song references that by saying "My names Blurryface and I care what you think." Plus I think Blurryface refers to the fact that he doesn't feel like he is just one person to the world. He is different things to different people, which goes against another rule that society imposes on us which is to have integrity is to be the same to all people.

    I think he goes on to reminisce about life when he was younger and life was simpler. You could say "I don't care what anyone thinks of me!" and be unique and thrive off of that. As you get older you realize that you can't be so headstrong all the time, because we are just human after all. We care what other people think because we can't always be Superman all the time.
    jwcalifoon November 15, 2015   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningThe actual meaning of this song is that he simly wants to turn back time to the good old days. He misses his childhood and how easy life was back then.
    Froggyfrooon November 04, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThat bit about catching a whiff of a certain smell sending you back to when you were young . . . Gods, I always thought for some reason that I was the only one who did that. It's always there and then gone again, so quickly that I can never even identify what it is, or where it's coming from, and I don't think it's even really a smell so much as a memory of a smell, because I've found that sometimes I can catch a whiff of it when I play certain music ( Genesis, for some reason, brings it up frequently, as does Rush on occasion, and certain Springsteen songs, and sometimes Paul Simon ), but I tell ya, if someone could find that smell and turn it into a scented candle? I'd probably go broke.

    Y'know, it's funny, I'm not a big fan of this band, but this one song? Just that one little line took it from being just an OK little ditty that I wouldn't seek out, but wouldn't necessarily change the stereo if it came on, and turned it into one of my favourite newer songs on the radio.
    cantide8405on July 22, 2016   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is SO powerful. WISH WEWish we could turn back time, to the good old days
    When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out
    Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
    When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out
    that power oh. and thenUsed to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
    We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
    Used to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
    We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
    We used to play pretend, give each other different names
    We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away
    Used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face
    Saying, "Wake up, you need to make money"
    Yeah. YEAH that is just pure beauty!!! I look back on my childhood and just cry. I was a foster child. I was adopted at seven after being sexually abused from my father. he was good but then mom left when i was 5 and bam when i was 6 he changed to a whole other person. then i was taken away at 1:30 one morning wearing only a t-shirt and a pair of barbie PJ pants. I was given to a family who showed me what I should be like but I missed out on a major part of my childhood. And even though I cant I wish i could turn back time, to the good old days when our mother sang us to sleep but now were stressed out.
    musicismyarton September 28, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the "Slow Town" of Blurryface
    GavinWon June 01, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIm 14 and my life is already stressful and crappy. Are they saying it just gets worse?!
    Anyway, awesome song! Twenty one pilots rule!
    jonjonwinnyon September 19, 2015   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI feel like this song is self explanatory. But, the way I see it is how young people deal with the pressure to the 'real' world and growing up. In an interview once, Tyler actually said this song was originally about one of his brother's and Tyler as kids!
    blayke.dolenzon May 29, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song brings out nostalgic feeelings and you cant help but think of your childhood and all you did. Now you are grown up and long gone is the carefree feeling you always had, when you wanted to be tucked in bed and have big dreams. You are now grown up and you realise the difference between your adulthood and childhood. As an adult you are coped up by the different stresses of growing up. As a child you have fears and you are told that as you grow up all those fears will fade but it turns out differently, they turn into insecurities.
    In the song it talks about how they used to play pretend and dream of building rockets and flying very far away and now people people laughing at their faces telling them to wake up and they need to make money. This makes me think that as a child all you do is dream unrealisticand childish stuff and you are not aware of the pressure being put on adults to go out and make money.
    In the song the writer wishes that he could go to the good old days of childhood where their mommas sang them to sleep. the writer talks about smelling things and the smell takes him to his child hood but he dosen't quite remember hwere it comes from. H e says he'd make a candle out of it and never sell it. He'd give it to his brother because the have the same nose. The same nose expression may tell us that the writer and his bother have had the same childhood and have experienced the same things.
    All in all this song reminds me of my childhood. It shows me the stark difference between my childhood and adulthood. The struggles are different and as we grow up we become less scared and more insecure. I also feel like I'd give anything to go back to my childhood and experince it all over agian due to the fact that grown up life seems hard and all people think about is succeeding and putting on pressure on themselves and otherss to go out and make money.
    darkthinking29on July 03, 2016   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningMy thoughts are just that Tyler is addressing how when we were young things were easier and we did not have the surprisingly huge amount of adult worries we do. His stress could be seen when he opens with insecurities about the music he is making. Then he addresses how when he is hit with nostalgia he is just reminded that between 'student loans' and 'tee houses' we would want the childhood life. The rocket ship part is just showing how we are constantly reminded that we have to be self sufficient above all else. And I think he uses the deep voice (I think it is supposed to be blurry face?) to help the lyrics really sink in
    alex978103on June 13, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think that in the first stanza it's talking about how hard it is to create music and be recognized by people as a musician.
    In the second stanza I think parents would be the ones telling us that our fears would shrink to boost our confidence as kids, but then it goes on to the present time of how we grow insecure when our views change in the world.
    When he calls himself 'Blurryface' in the song I interpret it as him saying how no matter how much of a legacy he leaves, people start to forget and things start to get blurry. Then when he goes on, he's referencing how we're still human and no matter how pointless it seems, we still care what people say and think of us, making us want to prove something to people.
    In the chorus t's talking about how he wants to go back to when everything was cheerful and our moms watched over us, but then he goes back to present time and how we're stressed out.
    Then it goes on to where he has nostalgia when it comes to a certain thing, but he's forgotten where that memory came from. He also says that he'd make a 'candle' which, to me, means that he wants to hold on to that feeling, making it last for as long as it can. He would sell these 'candles' so other people could experience the same feeling that makes himself so happy.
    Since his brother grew up with him they have the same experiences, or 'noses'. It goes on to referencing that same nostalgic feeling, reminding them of their childhood 'when nothing really mattered'. Then it compares student loans to tree houses and how we would choose tree houses. Student loans representing our responsibilities while tree houses represent our childhood fun.
    When it comes to the bridge, he's talking about our childhood again and how we would pretend to be other people, such as being astronauts in a rocket ship. Then 'outer space' would represent our dreams as individuals, and the 'they' he's talking about would be the people who don't think we can achieve our dreams. When 'they' say we need to make money, I think of the economy and how humans use money to 'make the world go 'round'.
    Then when the bridge is extended and he says 'you need the money', he expresses our own greed that everyone experiences.

    But yeah, this is only my interpretation... What's yours?
    Dusk2DawnMusikon December 18, 2015   Link

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