"Forest" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
I don't know why I feed on emotion
There's a stomach inside my brain
I don't wanna be heard
I want to be listened to
Does it bother anyone else
That someone else has your name?
Does it bother anyone else
That someone else has your name, your name?

I scream, you scream, we all scream
'Cause we're terrified of what's around the corner
We stay in place
'Cause we don't want to lose our lives
So let's think of something better

Down in the forest
We'll sing a chorus
One that everybody knows
Hands held higher
We'll be on fire
Singing songs that nobody wrote

My brain has given up
White flags are hoisted
I took some food for thought
It might be poisoned
The stomach in my brain
Throws up onto the page
Does it bother anyone else
That someone else has your name?
Does it bother anyone else
That someone else has your name?

I scream, you scream, we all scream
'Cause we're terrified of what's around the corner
We stay in place
'Cause we don't wanna lose our lives
So let's think of something better

Down in the forest
We'll sing a chorus
One that everybody knows
Hands held higher
We'll be on fire
Singing songs that nobody wrote

Quickly moving towards a storm
Moving forward, torn
Into pieces over reasons of what these storms are for
I don't understand why everything I adore
Takes a different form when I squint my eyes
Have you ever done that?
When you squint your eyes
And your eyelashes make it look a little not right
And then when just enough light
Comes from just the right side
And you find you're not who you're supposed to be?

This is not what you're supposed to see
Please, remember me I am supposed to be
King of a kingdom or swinging on a swing
Something happened to my imagination
This situation's becoming dire
My tree house is on fire
And for some reason I smell gas on my hands
This is not what I had planned
This is not what I had planned

Down in the forest
We'll sing a chorus
Hands held higher
We'll be on fire
Singing songs that nobody wrote

Down in the forest
We'll sing a chorus
One that everybody knows
Hands held higher
We'll be on fire
Singing songs that nobody wrote

Hands held higher
We'll be on fire

Hands held higher
We'll be on fire


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"Forest" as written by Tyler Joseph

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    General CommentI don't know the whole meaning of the WHOLE song.

    But I DO KNOW the meaning of the "forest."

    It symbolizes a group of people raising their hands.

    "Chorus" is a common word for a worship song that repeats a lot (Tyler was a worship leader when he wrote this song and all the songs on his first few albums).

    When he says "down in the forest," he's talking about standing among people signing worship songs, with their "hands held higher."

    This is a symbol Tyler uses in his songs a lot. He uses the symbol of "trees" to mean people with their hands raised:

    - In "Going Down" ("Have you ever heard the trees singing their song").

    - In Ode to Sleep ("the trees wave their arms")

    - In Trees ("silent in the trees, standing cowardly," which is someone who is NOT raising their arms nor singing, but is cowardly seeking a connection to God as everyone around them sings and reaches their arms up).

    And I think the "something better" he's talking about is God.
    Moonbeam86on September 04, 2018   Link

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