"Goner [Blurryface] " as written by and Tyler Joseph....
I'm a goner
Somebody catch my breath
I'm a goner
Somebody catch my breath
I wanna be known by you
I wanna be known by you

I'm a goner
Somebody catch my breath
I'm a goner
Somebody catch my breath
I wanna be known by you
I wanna be known by you

Though I'm weak
Beaten down
I'll slip away
Into the sound
The ghost of you
Is close to me
I'm inside out
You're underneath

I've got two faces
Blurry's the one I'm not
I've got two faces
Blurry's the one I'm not
I need your help to
Take him out
I need your help to
Take him out

Though I'm weak
And beaten down
I'll slip away
Into the sound
The ghost of you
Is close to me
I'm inside out
You're underneath

Though I'm weak
And beaten down
I'll slip away
Into the sound
The ghost of you
Is close to me
I'm inside out
You're underneath

Don't let me be gone
Don't let me be gone
Don't let me be gone
Don't let me be gone

Don't let me be!
Don't let me be!

Ah
Yeah

I'm a goner
Somebody catch my breath
I'm a goner
Somebody catch my breath
I wanna be known by you
I wanna be known by you


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"Goner" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +12
    My InterpretationThis song is from the point of view of both Tyler and blurryface. The first being blurry. He's talking about how he's a goner and being defeated, but he wants to have attention, yet he's dying and Tyler is ruling. When Tyler says 'I've got two faces, blurrys the one im not' is Tyler taking control telling everyone how he can have turns when blurry is in power, but that's not him, just a part. 'I need your help to take him out ' is him asking for the cliques help to keep him out and battle him together. 'Don't let me be gone' is again Blurryface. The screams especially showing how mad he is and how he is losing control, but the last 'you' being quiet shows how Tyler has won and Blurryface has been defeated for the time being.
    Lindsaymcon May 25, 2015   Link
  • +5
    Song Meaning"The end of this song (Goner) is the beginning of Heavydirtysoul, it's because that distorted scream you hear is actually Blurryface. In this song, Tyler (the guy who sings) is giving up and letting Blurryface win, which is why you hear a noose throughout the song. He's given up. And in the end, Blurryface wins. But then it actually continues to Heavydirtysoul, the first song on the Blurryface album. In this song, it picks up with where it left off. Blurryface is very loud, Tyler is praying for help, for Someone to save his soul. His fear of death inspires him to keep fighting Blurryface. Then it continues throughout the entire album, like a story about him fighting against his Blurryface. And in the end, the last song in the album, it's the new version of this song. He's determined to fight Blurryface once again, and it's evident he's much stronger than he was. During the buildup part of the song, you can hear a faint Blurryface scream, it gets louder and louder, until Tyler screams "DONT LET ME BE--!!!" and the battle begins. Very loud banging, Blurryface is screaming again, but now Tyler literally screams back. And in the end... Tyler screams "I WANNA BE KNOWN BY... You." And as soon as he says "You," Blurryface stops. The banging stops. It goes silent because Tyler won. He finally beat Blurryface, and that's the end of the entire album."
    112on January 18, 2016   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song is definitely a cry to God. The way I interpret it is that he feels himself slipping away from God and doesn't want to drift away into sin and hatred. The lyrics "dont let me be gone" are a plead to God asking for Him
    natloves21pon June 06, 2015   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation**First off I will say that I'm a Christian but I tried to explain it in more secular terms but it is difficult for me to. I hope I don't offend. Just a heads up if you don't want to start reading because of that.

    "I'm a goner / Somebody catch my breath"

    I heard from a friend that he read that Josh said that this whole album had to do with his insecurities. When he says that he's a "goner" I think he means that he's lost in his insecurities, kind of suffocating in the things people say about him that he can't change. He's basically crying out for help from anyone.

    "I wanna be known by you"

    This could mean he wants to be known more by the people who help him out and not who he is, because he can't get over his insecurities without help and who he is isn't who he wants to be. you could take it that it's being known by Him because it's what makes him secure, not his identity that has in the first place made him insecure. Or it could be singing to those friends who get you through those times where it seems impossible and you just feel like a goner.

    "Though I'm weak / And beaten down / I'll slip away into this sound"

    Even though I've got not much in me I'll slip into a state of need or reach out for help. I feel like we often think we need to do things on our own because it makes us stronger and it's harder to say you need help but he's still gonna "slip away into the sound" of crying out.

    "The ghost of you is close to me / I'm inside out / You're underneath"

    I honestly sorry. I don't know how else to explain it but in terms of spirituality, saying the holy ghost is close relationship-wise to him and he is vulnerable to the ghost and the ghost is underneath or in him. If anyone can explain that in more secular terms it might make more sense to more people.

    "I’ve got two faces / Blurry’s the one I’m not / … / I need your help to take him out"

    The first lines pretty clear, metaphorically he has two faces, he's kind of a hypocrite. One's just blurry and isn't clear, not right, and that's who he's not. He needs anyones help to get rid of the "blurry face".

    "Don't let me be gone"

    He's crying out to anyone to not let him just be gone, die, inside or maybe even literally suicidal.

    Any other interpretations?
    Austin21theskyon May 19, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI honestly think that this is somehow a prayer to God. And about all their songs, I think they're a bit harder to understand if you're not Christian, but that's probably just me. Anyway, "Somebody catch my breath" I feel like that's a way of Tyler saying to God, to help him. "I'm a goner" Tyler probably feels alone like nobody cares about him, or just needs someone. (I know he has Jenna and Josh, but I also think that since he wrote this when he was 17, he still feels the same or wanted to make the song better) "Don't let me be gone" I think that's his way of saying that through all of his suicidal thoughts, his struggles, and everything that he's gone through that even through those times, he still has so much faith and he doesn't want to run out of it and he wants someone, (most likely God) to make sure he doesn't fall apart at the seams. I feel like March To The Sea has a bit of the same meaning with, "Follow me instead" which is what I feel Tyler knows that he shouldn't give in to his thoughts and end it all, but to follow God's ways. Again, this is just my thoughts. And, isn't crazy how the littlest line or verse can say so much?
    blasphemytyleron December 07, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationmy interpretation is that, it's about an unrequited love that he is holding on to. he has nothing with out this love. but the person doesn't even know him. his insecurities are taking him over, and the love is the only thing he can hold on to without being totally overwhelmed in his mind. he wants to be free from his other side and maybe suicidal thoughts. he wants this love and to be known. he knows this love is the only thing he has. without the person he is a goner.
    zipperpillowon May 21, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think the worlds only explanation for most of the things that Tyler writes about in his songs is to assume he is schizo. Its nice how he keeps mentioning in songs how these lyrics aren't for everyone. Unless he has come out and said this is a disorder he has and I missed it then I am sticking to the belief that "blurry" is not (Tyler side # 2) Its a BATTLE against good and evil. Flesh and spirit. He needs help crucifying the flesh "Take him out".
    ginnyboyon June 23, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song, at least in my opinion, is very loose in its meaning. It is about depression, but with no clear source. It's written purposefully ambiguous so that it can fit to anyone. For some it's about God, for others it's insecurities, and for some it's about a spurned love. I think that's the beauty of the song. It can be about anything.
    JackKirby22on June 28, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt's most definitely a cry out to God (at the end it's quite literal). I think he believes his sinful side (Blurry) has doomed him, making him a goner and caused him to slip further away from God.

    In the second verse he starts blaming Blurry saying that he's the side of him that's doing all the wrong but that that's not truly how he is, that's not what he wants.

    Blurry makes him feel inside out and when Blurry is in charge, Blurry is on top, it seems that nothing can stop him. Tyler feels lost and hopeless. He feels that God might only see Blurry and what Blurry does but doesn't know the true Tyler anymore and that makes him feel like he'll soon be gone if he doesn't defeat Blurry.

    It seems a lot that this is kinda Tyler's way of repenting, crying out for forgiveness (he makes it very clear that he is religious in and outside of his music).
    danielson8501on September 03, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think that it is incredibly important to look at this song in the context of the pre-Vessle version. In this version (music video on YouTube) we find Twenty one Pilots in a place where they don't know if their music will reach a great audience (haven't been signed yet) and their inner demons (later called Blurryface) tell them they aren't good enough and that they won't make it in the music business. The Blurryface edition of the song adds verses and musical power that completely reverse the song from sounding defeated and uncertain to confident and hopeful. Visit my blog for my full analysis, a link to the old video, and links and quotes from their reddit comments about the song. meremusic.weebly.com
    ahellmanon September 12, 2015   Link

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