"Clear" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
I wish that I had two faces to prove which theory works
Yelling on a street corner, or cleverly masking your words
I take my face off at the door 'cause I don't know who they will take me for

I wonder if I tell 'em what I did last night
Whether or not I got caught, they just might
Wage war on you, therefore it's true
That I shot my general on my side of enemy lines

I'm the son of all I've done
I'm the son of all I've done
Impostor, been fostered
Then my new father drained my dirty blood
I'm the son of all I've done
I'm the son of all I've done
Impostor, been fostered
Then my new father drained my dirty blood, oh

I'm not trying to be lying to you
But it takes a clever guy to do what I do
It takes some chivalry and well-placed energy
To subliminally get yourself inside you
Introspection is the name of this session
Spread this infection, reflect it on the next one
The next one, the next one
And when we're done
We'll all have made something new under the sun
I'm not done, I'm not done yet, no
Kick me off the stage and take my microphone
Then you'll walk up to me and when you get close
I'll look you in the face and say, "where's your home?
Where're you going and why're you here?"
Have you asked these questions? Have you been sincere?
Wanna know what I believe? It's right here
Dig a little deeper and it's crystal clear

I'm the son of all I've done
I'm the son of all I've done
Impostor, been fostered
Then my new father drained my dirty blood
I'm the son of all I've done
I'm the son of all I've done
Impostor, been fostered
Then my new father drained my dirty blood, oh

I will tell you what I can
But your mind will take a stand
I sing of a greater love
Let me know when you've had enough
I will tell you what I can
But your mind will take a stand
I sing of a greater love
Let me know when you've had enough
I will tell you what I can
But your mind will take a stand
I sing of a greater love
Let me know when you've had enough


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"Clear" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +6
    Song MeaningIt's a song about all his other songs. He's asking do you like my songs because of the beat? Or are you actually listening to the words and understanding what he's saying. You can't change peoples hearts and minds by sitting on the street corner spouting out your beliefs.

    Instead, he chose to write his feelings through song and attack peoples thoughts and preconceptions by cleverly phrasing his opinions and ideas through his music.
    fr0st2kon December 19, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningIt seems he's trying to be clear about his faith and how it relates to his lyrics. He's trying to find the best way to open people to conversation and thoughts about God, redemption, and our purpose in life. In it all, he's trying to be clear about God's greater love.
    dmmcdon May 27, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the way this connects to Goner. Don't know if it was on purpose, but I oved making this connection.

    "I wish that I had two faces" / "I've got two faces"

    One of my favorite TOP songs. After reading these comments and learning the meaning I love it even more now, but I wanted to share the connection I made, too.
    rachel1114on May 28, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoubt sounds alot like this song
    poppylove4on October 26, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought it was "I'm the sum of all I've done" not the son
    maxyj24on June 20, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree. This song like many of their songs is about the inner spiritual battle we all deal with on a daily basis and also from our pasts. I believe this is a song about the phases of the journey to enlightenment.

    I think the "clarity" he is referring to here is within the lyrics "Impostor, been fostered, then my new father drained my dirty blood "

    Phase "Imposter" - referring to the initial struggle with being/becoming a Christian. There is a lot of tug-a-war between your old life and your new identity in your new Christian beliefs. "Two Faces."

    Phase "Been Fostered" - while exploring christianity, one can hear God being referred to as "father." As you journey more and more under God's wing, it is almost like you are an orphaned child being fostered by a new true parent (God).

    Phase "then my new father drained my dirty blood" - This is where I think the song title "Clear" derived from. Literally when you accept Jesus into your heart, you realize your new father sent his son to drain your dirty blood, in other words sacrificed himself and bled so we're forgiven and no longer have dirty blood. We are free. We are CLEAR.

    And that my friends indeed is a greater love.
    Amberyokoon October 14, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn my opinion this song is about self harm\depression for many reasons. In the very beginning, it talks about having 2 faces, which one is screaming for help and the other one hides their feelings. It then says once they are alone they truly release their feelings, and trying to act put together in front of family. It then says about telling the family about where their mind has gone and telling them about possibly hurting themself. The family in this song would then freak out, and cause a war. They writer has caused the people that they love most emotional pain, or shot their own general. They are the results of all of their flaws and bad choices, they have hidden it, turned into something they are not, and become very sad and lonely. In the next verses, they talk about how they have to think and experience their feelings to do their job, and how it requires much more than a brain to do their job. They have to find a creative way to mentally get inside themself and create a positive energy from their past experiences. After the band ends, they will have left a larger message for future generations. The next few lyrics claim even after that, they are still not done. They explain how the new version of themself has taken their place, and how they are not being really true to their beliefs. If the audience looks further, they will find an even more meaningful version of the song. They mentioned in the end about telling fans about how to get though it, and how they should take a place. They sing of a greater love, possibly religion or finding themselves in the world.
    scuse me10on April 13, 2018   Link

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