"Heathens" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don't make any sudden moves
You don't know the half of the abuse
All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don't make any sudden moves
You don't know the half of the abuse

Welcome to the room of people
Who have rooms of people that they loved one day
Docked away
Just because we check the guns at the door
Doesn't mean our brains will change from hand grenades
You're lovin' on the psychopath sitting next to you
You're lovin' on the murderer sitting next to you
You'll think, "How'd I get here, sitting next to you?"
But after all I've said, please don't forget

All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don't make any sudden moves
You don't know the half of the abuse

We don't deal with outsiders very well
They say newcomers have a certain smell
Yeah, I trust issues, not to mention
They say they can smell your intentions
You're lovin' on the freakshow sitting next to you
You'll have some weird people sitting next to you
You'll think "How did I get here, sitting next to you?"
But after all I've said, please don't forget
(Watch it, watch it)

All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don't make any sudden moves
You don't know the half of the abuse

All my friends are heathens, take it slow
(Watch it)
Wait for them to ask you who you know
(Watch it)
All my friends are heathens, take it slow
(Watch it)
Wait for them to ask you who you know
(Watch it)

Why'd you come, you knew you should have stayed
(It's blasphemy)
I tried to warn you just to stay away
And now they're outside ready to bust
It looks like you might be one of us


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"Heathens" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +5
    My InterpretationI think the song is referring to the clique (twenty one pilots fans) and the new people in it and telling them to be careful as the clique doesn't handle newcomers or outsiders (heathens) very well. I think Tyler is also talking about the fans who only know stressed out or ride when he says "wait for them to ask you who you know".
    When the voice in between parts of the song says "watch it" hes telling the new fans to watch their back.
    At the end of the song he says "I tried to warn you just to stay away" hes referring to the song and hes warned you about the fan base and now "it looks like you might be one of us" one of us being the Skeleton Clique.
    |-/
    from sean1on August 26, 2016   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI've heard Tyler's pastor speak. This is his philosophy and the philosophy of most modern non-denominational churches these days. Those of us who are Christians should be part of the non-Christian world. We aren't great at accepting "heathens" into our midst, but we absolutely need to accept them AND LOVE THEM WHERE THEY ARE, HOW THEY ARE, WHO THEY ARE. Engage with the culture. Love them. Love people in trouble, people in prison, people in need. Don't preach. Just build relationships with them. Don't jump immediately into sharing your faith - take it slowly and get to know them first. You don't know how they may have been abused by so-called Christians in the past. And be sincere in your love for them - if you're just there trying to convert them, they'll smell your intentions. Wait for them to ask YOU about who you know (Jesus). By then, you will be a trusted friend and you can share the story of the love and grace you have received. And whether or not they convert doesn't matter - that's not your job - your job is to just share the love you have received with the rest of the world, share your faith if the opportunity arises, and let God do the rest.
    Moonbeam86on August 29, 2016   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI'm not completely sure if this is what it means but here we go.

    Heathens means a couple things, unreligious or/and uncivilized.

    I'm assumeing this song is referring Uncivilized.

    I believe this song is refferring to people who are recovering for war/ have fought in a war and just returned ( I'm not 100% though)

    First off a lot of people who return from war can have some mental issues, flashbacks or night terrors.

    That could explain the "please don't make any sudden moves, you don't know their half of their abuse"
    It could be reffering to that.

    "Welcome to the room of people who have rooms of people that they loved one day, docked away"

    Maybe it's actually a therapy session or something like that, the people who have lost many friends that they made in the military in war.. Like I said, I'm still kind of sceptical about this theory

    "Your loving on the phsycopath sitting next to you,
    Your loving on the murderer sitting next to you"

    Like I mentioned before, this might be referring to people who have mental issues from killing people in war"

    "Just because we check for guns at the door, doesn't mean our brains will change for hand granades"

    Also could be mental issues from war

    It would also explain other things mentioned in the song (trust issues, being skittish, etc.)

    I'm a bit sceptical on this theory but whatever
    Evamaxfon July 26, 2016   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationWho do YOU know?!

    Only a heathen with rooms of people will know the meaning and that is the way it needs to be or it would never get played on a single radio. To all you heathens out there that gets it: I'm loving on all of you!
    Heathen Bitchon August 15, 2016   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionAmazing this is the best song on earth i love it it is perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Stydiaon July 21, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou will never know the psychopath sitting next to you you will never know the murderer sitting next to you. Not loving.
    sakurawindson August 02, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the only 21 Pilots song I know. I usually don't like this genre of music, but this song is interesting. I heard someone say that this was a Christian band. Who agrees with that? Just curious.
    ChloeCurlieron October 24, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonally I think it's a story, the singer is the narrator and is telling you about what's going to happen next before it happens but at the same time says "take it slow" as if all knowing and don't worry about it, almost in a relaxed manner and in the end it says "looks like you might be one of us" as a you have come this far and you so tangled up in it even though they where warned not to get involved and in the end the person is no better than the murders and psychopaths and there's no turning back to being a normal person.And in the end your like everyone else, doing what ever it takes to keep the people you care about safe even if it means sitting next to a strange person that could change your life forever ether in a good way or a bad.
    c.j.715115on December 29, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHeathen means a person who is not excepted by, or feel like they belong to religion.
    DoctorEpixon February 22, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI really appreciate this song and what i feel like it means to me (kitchen sink philosophy ) and I really don't mind that it is overplayed,because it is that good. l-/
    Goner22on March 17, 2017   Link

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