"Taxi Cab" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
I wanna fall inside your ghost
And fill up every hole inside my mind
And I want everyone to know
That I am half a soul divided

Sometimes we will die and sometimes we will fly away
Either way you're by my side until my dying days
And if I'm not there and I'm far away
I said, don't be afraid
I said, don't be afraid
We're going home

I wanna strip myself of breath
A breathless beast of death I've made for you
A mortal writing piece of song
Will help me carry on
But these you heard

Sometimes we will die and sometimes we will fly away
Either way you're by my side until my dying days
And if I'm not there and I'm far away
I said, don't be afraid
I said, don't be afraid
We're going home

So the hearse ran out of gas
A passenger purse and grabbed a map
And the driver inside it contrived a new route to save the past
And checked his watch and grabbed a cab
A beautifully planned taxi cab
A cab, had it cleared out back
And two men started to unpack

Driving once again
But now this time there were three men
And then I heard one of them say
I know the night will turn to gray
I know the stars will start to fade
When all the darkness fades away
We had to steal him from his fate
So he could see another day

Then I cracked open my box
Someone must have picked the lock
A little light revealed the spot
Where my fingernails had fought
Then I pushed it open more,
Pushing up against the door
Then I sat up off the floor
And found the brother we're searching for

Then there were three men up front
All I saw were backs of heads
And then I asked them am I alive and well or am I dreaming dead
And then one turned around to say
We're driving toward the morning sun
Where all your blood is washed away
And all you did will be undone

I said, don't be afraid
I said, don't be afraid

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"Taxi Cab" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +14
    Song MeaningThis is a song describing the author's faith. He wants everyone to know that he is helpless without God and must rely on Him for hope. The author knows he's not alone.

    The rap goes into a beautiful picture of salvation in Christ. The author found himself a passenger in a broken-down hearse (hopeless life). The driver (God) planned a new route, though. A taxi (Jesus) appears, and the author was packed into the back in his coffin. When the author opens the coffin, he sees he's been fighting against his inevitable death, but couldn't get out on his own. When he asks the three men up front (the Trinity) what happened, and they explain what they had done. They assure the author he can hope. He's been freed from his death, his guilt, and his fear.
    dmmcdon May 27, 2013   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationThe last stanza is really something to marvel at. So much is happening there. I found some really neat imagery in there, all you have to do is dig a little.

    "Then there were three men up front"
    This represents the three persons of the trinity.

    "All I saw were backs of heads"
    God shows himself, but not always in the most obvious ways. This line is setting up what is about to happen.

    "And then one turned around to say"
    Which person of the trinity showed their face? Oh yeah. Its Jesus. Jesus is the nly one to ever come to earth in the human flesh and TELL us the way to heaven. This line is also setting up this next part.

    We are going to break up this chunk, but stay with me here.

    -1-"We're driving toward the morning sun"
    -2-"Where all your blood is washed away"
    -3-"And all you did will be undone"

    1. Jesus tells us that we are on our way to heaven. He tells us how to get to heaven.
    2.This is pretty chilling to me, but the blood of Jesus is talked about a lot in the New Testament. Especially at the crucifixion. It is said that Jesus took away our sins on the cross with his blood.
    3.Back to him taking away our sins on the cross.

    Twenty One Pilots uses the metaphor of a car in several of their songs. In most of the songs, a car drive is a metaphor for someones life, i think this song is no different.

    It sounds like to me that This last part is about him and God.
    theycallmesam9on October 21, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMan, this song just means everything to me. I'm not religious whatsoever, but it just for me describes my struggles with depression, the night, and starting over. That last line of his rap is just... so powerful for me. I love it so much and I can listen to it on repeat for hours.
    rachel1114on May 31, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI agree with much of what others have posted here, but I wonder how many appreciate the allegorical significance of the taxi cab itself. Unlike the hearse, which takes its cargo to a cemetery or crematorium -- or even an ambulance, as some have suggested, which takes a patient to the nearest hospital -- a taxi cab symbolizes true free will: it'll take its passenger wherever he or she wants to go, with no predetermined destination. Of course, the same could be said of a limousine, but a taxi cab -- most especially a "beautifully PLAIN taxi cab" -- is affordable by anyone, the common man as well as the rich man. I believe the songwriter is telling us that salvation is a free will choice that's open to everyone.

    And to those arguing that the last lines of the rap represent a hospital and/or post-hospital therapy instead of Christian salvation, I respectfully suggest you consider the writer's choice of words more carefully. We go to hospitals to treat our ailments, and we go to therapy to learn how to cope with our lives. But these lyrics describe a more fundamental forgiveness only possible through salvation: having our sins (blood) washed away, and undoing whatever harm we've done.
    rvidilon May 31, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionOkay honestly, to me this song is like...i can listen ro it as many times as i want without getting bored of it.
    In my opinion this song has to do with the religious concepts. Like the three men are the trinity and all he could see were the backs of heads, God presents himself in different ways. The hearse is what carries the coffins to the cemetery and when the three men stole him from his "fate" (death, or like hell) they put him in the taxi. Which was his second chance at life, his other way (Jesus).
    Vicky0618on January 02, 2017   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI really, REALLY don't feel like this song, or any of their songs in general, is about faith or God or any of that feel-good shit.
    Everyone knows their songs are primarily about mental struggles and mental illnesses.
    So here is my interpretation:
    This song is about depression.
    The narrator (not necessarily Tyler) is struggling with his feelings about someone, and fighting their own brain in an attempt to be happy for once. "You're by my side until my dying days", "a breathless piece of death made just for you".
    Aforementioned narrator is feeling particularly low, and starts having suicidal thoughts.
    The narrator attempts suicide somewhere between Verse 2 and Chorus 2.
    Then, the story becomes more interesting.
    My colleagues were right here in saying that Verse 3 (aka the rap) is a metaphor.
    But it's not about finding faith.
    The last verse is a metaphor for the hospital visit and therapy after the attempt.
    "We had to steal him from his fate"=saving his/her/their life
    "The hearse ran out of gas"=the narrator couldnt go through with the suicide attempt
    "A beautifully plain taxi cab"=an ambulance
    "Where my fingernails had fought"=the scars from cutting his/her/their wrists
    "Someone must have picked the lock"=the narrator felt that someone or something freed him/her/them from their suicidal thoughts
    "Morning sun"=a bright and happy future
    "Where all your blood is washed away and all you did will be undone"=could refer to the ER or therapy
    Ninjachibi117on April 28, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just don't think his songs are strictly about his faith. I really like the idea of the rap being a suicide attempt- and him finding his way back to sanity- which he needed his faith to do, and relied on that. But I don't think any of his songs were written strictly about his faith. They're not a Christian band, but he does express his faith freely.
    Colin_Bettson March 19, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThe great thing about it is that it means whatever you want it to mean. That is what art is after all, open for interpretation. That's why Tyler doesn't sit there and break down the meaning behind the lyrics that he writes because that's just what it means to him. I'm fairly confident that this song was written based off of religion. However, it's still one of my favorite songs, though I'm an atheist. Despite knowing Tyler wrote this based on a concept that I don't believe in, I have attached my own meaning to the song and it inspires me. There's no incorrect interpretation to music.
    haley10577on April 08, 2016   Link

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