"Doubt" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
Scared of my own image
Scared of my own immaturity
Scared of my own ceiling
Scared I'll die of uncertainty
Fear might be the death of me
Fear leads to anxiety
Don’t know what’s inside of me

Don't forget ab-b-b-b-bout me
Don't forget ab-b-b-b-bout me
Even when I doubt you
I'm no good without you, no, no

Temperature is dropping
Temperature is dropping
I'm not sure if I can
See this ever stopping
Shaking hands with the dark parts of my thoughts
No, you are all that I've got, no

Don't forget ab-b-b-b-bout me
Don't forget ab-b-b-b-bout me
Even when I doubt you
I'm no good without you, no, no, no, no, no

Gnawing on the bishops
Claw away at the system
Repeating simple phrases
Someone holy insisted
Want the mark he's made on my skin
To mean something to me again
Hope you haven't left without me
Hope you haven't left without me, please

Don't forget ab-b-b-b-bout me
Don't forget ab-b-b-b-bout me
Even when I doubt you
I'm no good without you, no, no

Don't forget ab-b-b-b-bout me
Don't forget ab-b-b-b-bout me
Even when I doubt you
No good without you, no, no, no, no, no


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"Doubt" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +13
    My Interpretation“The Meaning”

    In the first verse, Tyler Joseph, the lead singer for Twenty One Pilots, admits to being “scared of my own image,” his “own immaturity,” his “own ceiling,” and that he’ll “die of uncertainty.” He doesn’t want to worry about how he presents himself to others, about the unwise decisions he makes, about his limits, or about his lack of confidence. Because these fears consume him, he confesses that “[f]ear might be the death of me” and tells his audience that “[f]ear leads to anxiety,” a feeling that he certainly experiences. He finishes the verse by admitting that he doesn’t “know what’s inside of me.” He doesn’t understand himself, and he seems to need help from an outside source.

    The chorus has Tyler calling out to someone, asking that person to not “forget about me.” Based on other Blurryface songs (like “Heavydirtysoul” and “The Judge“), this person is likely Jesus or God. Tyler wants Jesus to save him “[e]ven when I doubt you.” He claims that he’s “no good without you, no, no.”

    [Note: The deep heavy musical style, Twenty One Pilots’ usual use of the word “doubt” in relation to faith, and the listing of fears in the first verse seem to be an excellent counterargument to those who think this song could be about a female.]

    Twenty One Pilots Promo Shot, Full BodyIn the second verse, Tyler sings that the “[t]emperature’s dropping.” He’s shutting down. He feels isolated. His fears are wearing him down, leaving him without warmth. He’s being swallowed into a dark, cold world, and he’s even afraid that relief is hopeless: “I’m not sure if I can / See this ever stopping.” He may be stuck forever “[s]haking hands with the dark parts of my thoughts . . .” or his alter-ego Blurryface, the one who brings fear into his life. Before relaunching into the chorus, he proclaims that “You are all that I’ve got . . .”

    The third verse references Tyler’s relationship to the church. He finds himself “[g]nawing on the bishops,” which could suggest that he’s thinking about the church and maybe not liking it, an idea supported by the line “Claw away at the system.” He’s not happy with “Repeating simple phrases / Someone holy insisted.” Just because a pastor tells him to say a simple prayer (perhaps a stereotypical and scripted salvation prayer?), doesn’t mean it actually helps Tyler to escape his fears. Instead, he wants “the mark [God’s] made on [his] skin / To mean something to [him] again.” That line could be a reference to a cross tattoo that Tyler has on his right arm. But the verse leaves Tyler still wanting God; he sings, “Hope you haven’t left without me, please.”

    The rest of Twenty One Pilots’ “Doubt” from Blurryface is repetitions of and variations of the chorus as Tyler continues to beg God, “Don’t forget about me.”

    cliffordstumme.com/2015/05/14/what-does-doubt-by-twenty-one-pilots-mean/

    You're welcome.
    imtoxicon July 04, 2015   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationTo me this is a lot more than Tyler and Josh saying that they're scared; it's a prayer. I can tell this is about faith and trust.The song begins with this plain honesty and then dives into asking for help and forgiveness. "Want the mark he's made on my skin to mean something to me again. Hope you haven't left with out me... please" - He knows God, and people have been telling him that he needs him and... he knows that he needs him... It's like he was in a good place, fell out of it, and now he wants back in, praying that God hasn't given up on him. He says "you are all that I've got," and "even when I doubt you, I'm no good without you."
    I find it incredible when artists can incorporate their faith into their music and people either get it, or interpret the lyrics as something important to them and create so many meanings. I find that so powerful and even courageous. This song especially is so deep and ambiguous, and I love that about their music.
    As someone with anxiety and problems, I want people to know that they can have second, third, fourth, fifth chances and that you will never be given up on.
    idekiliketopon December 31, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationbefore I start my entire explanation, I just want to point out the immense beauty this song holds and how incredibly talented twenty one pilots (aka tyler and josh) are
    anyways, it wasn't until recently when I really started reading deeply into these lyrics, but I found that right now in my current situation I can relate to this all too well. so here's my interpretation and what I get from it.
    "scared of my own image"=he/I am afraid of myself, or what I see in the mirror or what I think or do. I'm scared of who I've become or who I've left behind as I've grown older, and , I'm genuinely scared of myself.
    "scared of my own immaturity, scared of my own ceiling"=I'm frightened by the thought of being so scared of things all the time, and being afraid of common things is often associated with being immature (ex. oh he's afraid of his own shadow), and Tyler elaborates on that by saying he's scared of his own ceiling. meaning its an ordinary everyday thing in his life, yet he has found something in it that gives him fear. and that to me means that nearly everything scares him/me. (also being afraid of his own immaturity could mean he's afraid of showing his true self, or he's just afraid of his characteristics that others may see as flaws)
    "scared ill die of uncertainty"=with all of the fear, we become uncertain of what it is that we are truly afraid of. also I am an incredibly indecisive person, and I can not make decisions on my own, so uncertainty is extremely life altering for me. some of this uncertainty could be stemming from doubt that he/I have within ourselves. or when one becomes so terrified of everything and we begin to question our mental state, everything becomes unclear, or "uncertain", and that begins to frighten us too.
    "fear might be the death of me"=being so afraid of everyone and everything I began to develop extreme anxiety. and in some cases, like my own, it can cause someone to be house ridden, hospitalized, put on medications, etc. so with all of these restrictions that are caused from this fear, you are practically killing yourself//your happiness, as the fear becomes more intense"(like the saying worried myself to death)
    "fear leads to anxiety, don't know what's inside of me"=this part like I mentioned above with the anxiety, how all of these fears and self doubt, anxiety occurs, and depending on the severity you often become very frightened with yourself and your thoughts(creating a cycle, as if I could begin the verse again because I'm afraid of myself and afraid of everything the anxiety is doing to me and my thoughts etc.) the lyrics " don't know what's inside of me" portray this sense of hopelessness and confusion one feels after dealing with all of the said feelings above. these especially stick out to me because when asked to describe how I feel or what I think(usually during an anxiety attack) I don't know what's going on. what I'm thinking or saying or doing, or what it is that is causing the fear. and after a while of experiencing anxiety, you begin to question what's wrong with you and what it is inside of you that could be making you feel this horrible.
    "don't forget about me(2x)"=for me, I am currently going through a breakup, and my boyfriend was the only one I felt safe to go to with these problems mentioned above, and the only one I felt understood them because he dealt with similar problems of his own. so to me, this part is me saying don't forget about me. but from a non relationship standpoint I think this could be interpreted as Tyler talking to his old self or his thoughts he thinks to be 'sane', or someone in his life that might have helped him through his problems.
    "even when I doubt you, I'm no good without you"=for me, I often pushed away my boyfriend(subconsciously thinking this was best for him) in fear of myself and my thoughts, so to me that was my doubt, but in the end over all the fear and doubt ultimately the relationship was the thing that kept me sane and happy. as for the non relationship view, this could be one thinking of his/her self when they aren't experiencing these fears and realizing that they often doubt themselves, but they are who they are and they can change that. or it could be them speaking to someone that helps them, and although the doubt their advice, or support, or push them away, they need them, because they help.
    "temperature is dropping(2x)"=to me this could be interpreted in many different ways, for me it is my motivation disappearing(motivation to get better). but it could also be seen in a lot of different ways.
    "I'm not sure if I can see this ever stopping, shaking hands with the dark parts of my thoughts"=to me this deals with not only my anxiety but also my other disorders: depression, and OCD.(so any other disorder the listener might be experiencing) and how nothing seems to get better, and I am so used to feeling this way that I have become numb and I don't care to fix it or to get better, and I almost begin to welcome these thoughts because they're expected.
    "you are all that I've got"= this part again for me reminds me of my boyfriend, and how I need them to stay because, they help keep the thoughts away. but most would see this as the other person to help them, or even their old self still hiding behind all of the problems.
    "gnawing on the bishops, claw away at the system"=I interpret this as nervous habits I have acquired of the years of dealing with my anxiety. but this could also be someone questioning authority, trying to escape his anxiety or other disorder, or questioning their religion(I think Tyler was writing about his religion)
    "repeating simple phrases, someone holy insisted"= for me his is me saying things like "take deep breathes" "think of other things" "it'll all get better someday", that others tell me in attempt to help me, even though they're meaningless. going back to the religion theory, he could be writing about how he says the thing he is supposed to say, because his religion tells him to.
    "want the marks he made on my skin to mean something to me again"=personally I associate these lyrics with self harm, and wanting to see the scars as inspiration to keep going or to stay clean. however, if this section is referring to religion, he could be just meaning he wants to find meaning and purpose in himself again. Tyler has a tattoo, and he has mentioned before it has something to do with his religion, and the tattoo are three lines that wrap around his arm, so maybe he is saying he is losing and questioning his religion and he wants to find it or believe it again.
    "hope you haven't left without me(2x)"=ties back to the person mentioned throughout the song, whether it be someone who helps you, or your old self and old thoughts, or religion. as if throughout the entire song, he was trying to make sense of it all, and he is realizing, no matter the fear and doubt he truly does need them and he hopes he hasn't lost them.
    cathartic225on June 08, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationGnawing on the bishops
    Claw away at the system
    Repeating simple phrases
    Someone holy insisted
    Want the mark he's made on my skin
    To mean something to me again
    Hope you haven't left without me
    Hope you haven't left without me, please

    I feel like the song takes a very Biblical turn here.

    "Gnawing at the Bishops, clawing at the system...."
    Bishops are church leaders, and perhaps he finds himself having issues with church leaders.
    Meanwhile he also has problems with the System of Church, or religion in general.
    "Repeating simple phrases
    Someone holy insisted"
    These type of 'mantras' or prescribed prayers aren't limited to the Catholic church, but he can see that it's meaning NOTHING.
    It's not coming from the heart, but rather someone holy insisted that these phrases are to be spoken.

    "Want the mark he's made on my skin
    To mean something to me again
    Hope you haven't left without me
    Hope you haven't left without me, please"

    I believe Tyler Joseph is speaking of the Mark of the Beast, which the Bible refers to as being made on the hand or forehead.
    The Seal of God is also a Biblical concept, but this mark is only made on the forehead to represent belief.
    And Tyler's point is this...
    When these marks are made I hope you haven't left without me.

    Perhaps he prescribes to the idea of the Secret Rapture. So the fear he has is that his Doubt is going to ultimately put him in a state of being lost.

    Just my thoughts.
    TycosDadon June 23, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation'Scared of my own image
    Scared of my own immaturity
    Scared of my own ceiling
    Scared I'll die of uncertainty
    Fear might be the death of me
    Fear leads to anxiety
    Don’t know what’s inside of me'

    my thoughts is that these lines are the thoughts someone has at night. scared of my image is being afraid of what you might do to mess it up...scared of my own celling refers to where a rope hangs from to...end your life... . and all of this will lead to anxiety and more anxiety. when he doesn't know whats inside of his is when he doesn't know what'll he'll do or what is happening to him.

    "don't forget about me"

    this line means that he is scared he'll loose something important to him and that he'll be left all alone and the person he is referring to will just leave him for someone else.

    'I'm not sure if I can
    See this ever stopping
    Shaking hands with the dark parts of my thoughts
    No, you are all that I've got, no'

    this part of the song means that he doesn't know that what he feels will ever stop along with the shaky hands and dark part of his thoughts. he just feels like there is no end to this hell. lastly, he feels like he's loosing the only person he really knows and cares for
    devonbarkson June 17, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe's afraid of losing the one person who he cares about the most. in this case, it could be a best friend or partner. he has anxiety so he doesn't have many people around, so if he loses that one person, then he would be alone and he's afraid of that.
    selftitledlifeon February 13, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI came to see the meaning of this song to Tyler but I read a comment on 'message man' saying that Tyler doesn't want us to think about what the songs mean to him, he wants us to use what we think the songs mean to our own perspective. Now I don't think of it as who does Tyler Joseph not want to forget about him, but rather who do I want to not forget about me.
    FireGlazeron March 29, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI listened to this song when my of was about to break up with me. We stayed together, but this sing really helped me <3
    Darksnowflakeon December 24, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh everyone's thoughts are so
    long so here's a summary. Its a prayer. There afraid of what they've become so there praying for help
    theeditfairyon February 04, 2017   Link

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