"Not Today" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
I don't know why
I just feel I'm better off
Staying in the same room I was born in
I look outside
And see a whole world better off
Without me in it trying to transform it

You are out of my mind, ooh
You aren't seeing my side, ooh
You waste all this time trying to get to me
But you are out of my mind

Yeah

Listen, I know
This one's a contradiction because of how happy it sounds
But the lyrics are so down
It's okay though
Because it represents, wait, better yet it is
Who I feel I am right now

You are out of my mind, ooh
You aren't seeing my side, ooh
You waste all of this time trying to get to me
But you are out of my mind

Heard you say
Not today
Tore the curtains down
Windows open, now make a sound
Heard your voice
There's no choice
Tore the curtains down
Windows open, now make a noise

Oh, don't you test me, no
Just because I play the piano
Doesn't mean not
I'm not willing to take you down
I'm sorry

I'm, I'm out of my mind, ooh
I'm, I'm not seeing things right, ooh
I waste all this time trying to run from you
But I'm, I'm out of my mind

Heard you say
Not today
Tore the curtains down
Windows open, now make a sound
Heard your voice
There's no choice
Tore the curtains down
Windows open, now make a noise

(Ooh ooh, ooh ooh)
Yeah, oh!
(Ooh ooh, ooh ooh)
Yeah, oh!
(Ooh ooh, ooh ooh)

You are out of my mind
You aren't seeing my side
You waste all of this time trying to get to me
But you are out of my mind

Heard you say
Not today
Tore the curtains down
Windows open, now make a sound
Heard your voice
There's no choice
Tore the curtains down
Windows open, now make a noise

Buh buh bah, buh buh bah (yeah)
Bah bah bah bah bah, bah bah bah bah bah (yeah, woah)
Buh buh bah, buh buh bah (yeah, no no, no, yeah)
Bah bah bah bah bah, bah bah bah bah bah (yeah)

Buh buh bah, not today (not today)
Bah bah bah bah bah (not today)
Bah bah bah bah bah (not today, no today)
Buh buh bah, buh buh bah (not today, no no no, no!)
Bah bah bah bah bah, bah bah bah bah bah

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh


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"Not Today" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +6
    General CommentOk so here's my opinion.

    This guy tried to kill himself but his friend stopped him and now he's in the hospital "the same place I was born in" and he's mad at his friend for saving him and won't say anything to him. That's why he's thinking "you are out of my mind" and all that but his friend won't give up on him. One day he just is done and throws the window open and basically says say whatever you want just say something and get it out of you. The get in a fight "don't you test me no just because I play the piano doesn't mean I'm not willing to take you down" but they make up and he starts to come around.

    After a while the guy starts thinking his friend doesn't really care and starts going back into a depression and won't leave his room. Then his friend gets made and basically does the same thing with the window proving that he does care and will always care.

    Kinda stupid but it's what I think haha
    MyPilots21on June 17, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhat i think is that when he says "you are out of my mind" i think that he is intending that blurryface, or his demon/phantom that is somewhat controlling tyler, is finally out, and not controlling him anymore. Blurryface has made tyler think suicidal thoughts, and now blurryface is not there anymore. after all, he does say "stay alive" at a lot of concerts. Also, this song is one of the last songs on the album. Therefore he overcame blurryface, and he will have less problems.
    gerntegon March 13, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSometimes God shows up when we aren't looking. That's what I get from this song. Unless I get the truth behind these written words, I will continue to look at it as a song about someone who has decided that life is to hard to live trying. He is resisting Gods work in his life. Hope seems lost, giving up seems best. Living half-heartedly. Lukewarm. He has put God on the backseat, and his emotions (feelings) in the drivers spot! God is far from his mind. I believe that he is saying that God calls to him to follow and obey, but he ignores Gods voice and does what he is use to. What is easier to him instead. Over time that voice gets harder to hear, and our own thoughts grow louder.

    (You are out of my mind, ooh
    You aren't seeing my side, ooh
    You waste all of this time trying to get to me
    But you are out of my mind)

    Then I believe that God shows up and he has no choice but to take notice. Let the light in! Stop resisting. Step out of the darkness and into the light. "Windows open" could mean an open heart. Make a noise to me would be repentance, prayer, or praise.

    I'm guessing next his flesh (mind, will, and emotions) throws a tantrum. Maybe.

    Oh, don't you test me, no
    Just because I play the piano
    Doesn't mean not
    I'm not willing to take you down
    I'm sorry

    I'm, I'm out of my mind, ooh
    I'm, I'm not seeing things right, ooh
    I waste all this time trying to run from you
    But I'm, I'm out of my mind

    Testing, piano keys, and take downs. Maybe. He is sorry though. He knows the fight is pointless. Yet, here he goes again. back to his old ways. Its a mountain that we must all circle until we have had enough and submit to god. The Israelites spent 40 years on an eleven day journey. Come on Tyler. Press into God!
    ginnyboyon October 27, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think 'Not Today' is sung towards Blurryface. Every time Tyler says 'you' in this song, that 'you' is Blurryface. I feel that this song is a victory song about defeating Blurryface, as it's very upbeat and sounds happy.

    "You are out of my mind,
    you aren't seeing my side,
    you waste all this time trying to get to me,
    but you are out of my mind"
    Blurryface is out of Tyler's mind, he is no longer thinking about Blurryface and having negative thoughts.
    Blurryface is constantly trying to get to Tyler, but Tyler isn't giving in, as Blurryface is out of his mind.

    "Heard you say 'Not Today',
    tore the curtains down, windows open now make a sound,
    Heard your voice, 'there's no choice',
    tore the curtains down, windows open now make a noise"
    When Blurryface says 'not today' he's saying that Tyler isn't going to defeat him, not today. Blurryface tells Tyler that there's no choice but to listen to him, and it's not a choice whether he listens to Blurryface or not, he needs to.

    "Don't you test me no, just because i play the piano,
    doesn't mean i am not willing to take you down,
    i'm sorry"
    Piano is a soft sounding instrument to play, therefore Blurryface thinks he can easily get to Tyler because he is weak for playing something like the piano.
    Tyler is telling Blurryface not to test him, because he will take Blurryface down, or at least try to.
    He's sorry that he's taking down Blurryface, because he knows that Blurryface is a part of him and if he takes him down then he'll be no one.
    nookynooton August 27, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation"I don't know why
    I just feel I'm better off
    Staying in the same room I was born in
    I look outside
    And see a whole world better off
    Without me in it trying to transform it"

    This part looks like he is saying even farther than just the room he was born, almost as if it would be better being still inside his mom, never being alive cause the world would be better without his participation and effort


    "You are out of my mind, ooh
    You aren't seeing my side, ooh
    You waste all this time trying to get to me
    But you are out of my mind"

    He is saying to someone, I view as God, that he's a lost cause, God don't see his side and is a waste of His time to believe in him, believe that he could make a change in the world.


    "Listen, I know
    This one's a contradiction because of how happy it sounds
    But the lyrics are so down
    It's okay though
    Because it represents, wait, better yet it is
    Who I feel I am right now"

    Pretty straight forward, is one of the most happy songs of the album but with a dark side, it personificates the contraditions inside his heart.


    "Heard you say
    Not today
    Tore the curtains down
    Windows open, now make a sound
    Heard your voice
    There's no choice
    Tore the curtains down
    Windows open, now make a noise"

    God is still trying to make him wake up and go live the life, do what he is supposed to do, 'there is no choice besides making a noise'.


    "Oh, don't you test me, no
    Just because I play the piano
    Doesn't mean not
    I'm not willing to take you down
    I'm sorry"

    This part is a bit unclear to me, he starts to regret the feeling that he has on the 1st verse but the piano part I don't really get it, it should be something about the power of his music, what he can get with it.


    "I'm, I'm out of my mind, ooh
    I'm, I'm not seeing things right, ooh
    I waste all this time trying to run from you
    But I'm, I'm out of my mind"

    He starts to see things clearly now, he sees that he is out of his mind because of all the time that he spent running away from God and what his mission should be. He spent too much time not living and by doing so, he is wasting the life.

    I relate a lot with this view so this is right for me, just as Tyler says on message man, make the lyrics what makes sense to you. Hope this is somebody view also, if so, keep on living, get out of the room and start to make the difference
    zelimaon July 22, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me the whole song I think he's referring to depression. He's explaining his suicidal irrational and feelings of worthlessness. I like the idea of "being in the same room I was born in" referring to being in a hospital (I.e a psych ward- suicide attempt). The next verse i think is him trying to say that he's over this depression, and it's finally starting to leave. When he references "you" I kinda see it as him talking to his depression (you are out of my mind)
    Colin_Bettson March 19, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Don't you test me, no, just because I play the piano doesn't mean I am not willing to take you down, I'm sorry."

    So many people seem confused about this line, but I think, like, possibly, he's saying that people see him as weak, because he plays the piano, because it's a softer instrument. Maybe being weak is an insecurity to him, or that line is for his fans. But then he lashes out and says he isn't weak, and he can still fight for himself. He then says sorry cause he is actually a soft person, he doesn't like being mean to other people, even when they do him wrong, that's what I thought.
    jaemie22on October 02, 2016   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song starts with the main character, Tyler, feelings depressed and not wanting to leave his house. He's a shut in with curtains closed and refuses to face his demons, Blurryface.
    "I don't know why
    I just feel I'm better off
    Staying in the same room I was born in"

    He has someone close to him, either a personal friend or possibly God, who refuses to let him wallow in his self loathing. He comes in and tears down the curtains and forces him to fight, saying "not today" as in, you're not giving in today. You need to fight this. The main character does not appreciate this at first, saying his friend doesn't see his side.
    "You are out of my mind, ooh
    You aren't seeing my side, ooh
    You waste all this time trying to get to me
    But you are out of my mind"
    "Heard you say
    Not today
    Tore the curtains down
    Windows open, now make a sound"

    He finally gets so fed up with the person close to his that he lashes out at him.
    "Oh, don't you test me, no
    Just because I play the piano
    Doesn't mean not
    I'm not willing to take you down"

    This outburst leads him to see how he needs to change. He's attacking the person that cares about him and he now realizes that he may be the one out of line.
    "I'm, I'm out of my mind, ooh
    I'm, I'm not seeing things right, ooh
    I waste all this time trying to run from you
    But I'm, I'm out of my mind"

    The music at this point gets simple and drawn back as he turns on Blurryface. His original statements towards his friend are now directed at his demons. The music really adds significance to this line, thus suggesting a completely different meaning from the first time he said it.
    "You are out of my mind
    You aren't seeing my side
    You waste all of this time trying to get to me
    But you are out of my mind"

    This is when the music gets really upbeat and happy, with the horns taking a more prominent role. This suggests a celebration of his victory over Blurryface. Although this victory is possibly temporary and short lived, it is still a victory and something to celebrate. So now when his friend says "Not today", it is Tyler now tearing the curtains down, throwing the windows open, and making noise in celebration.
    "Heard you say
    Not today
    Tore the curtains down
    Windows open, now make a sound"

    I love how they use the music to change the meaning of lyrics through the process of this song. Makes the ending feel so satisfying and triumphant.
    JIASnake20on October 07, 2016   Link

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