"Kitchen Sink" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
Nobody thinks what I think
Nobody dreams when they blink
Think things on the brink of blasphemy
I'm my own shrink
Think things are after me, my catastrophe
I'm a kitchen sink
You don't know what that means
Because a kitchen sink to you
Is not a kitchen sink to me, okay, friend?
Are you searching for purpose?
Then write something, yeah it might be worthless
Then paint something then, it might be wordless
Pointless curses, nonsense verses
You'll see purpose start to surface
No one else is dealing with your demons
Meaning maybe defeating them
Could be the beginning of your meaning, friend

Go away
Go away
Go away
Go away
Leave me alone
Leave me alone
Leave me alone
Leave me alone
Leave me alone
Leave me alone
Leave me alone

Nobody thinks what you think, no one
Empathy might be on the brink of extinction
They will play a game and say
They know what you're going through
And I tried to come up with an artistic way to say
They don't know you, and neither do I
So here's a prime example of a stand up guy
Who hates what he believes and loves it at the same time
Here's my brother and his head's screwed up
But that's alright

Time gains momentum the moment when I'm living in 'em
I'm winning a momentary sinning a moment passing after
A re-beginning moments mending memories
Pretending enemies are friend of me, sending me straight to bending me
My bad behavior but I bet I could have been a better man
Copy and paste caught me, and copy, better rhymes bother me
The better the rhythm the badder I am but I bet I'll battle with 'em battle
Better I am, gambling man, better bet I am a gambling man, I am?

Go away
Go away
Go away
Go away
Leave me alone
Leave me alone
Leave me alone
Leave me alone
Leave me alone
Don't leave me alone

Lyrics submitted by mipake, edited by fr0st2k, Rxchael, twoski2, ImSoVeryFarFromFine, DamianLM10, hermiarsit

"Kitchen Sink" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +14
    My InterpretationA kitchen sink -- I feel like he's expressing that everyone has their own way of dealing with things and feeling some way.

    In his inner circle, or his world, a kitchen sink means something specific...its his thing, and he believes everyone should have their own thing. (I personally feel like a kitchen sink, for him, relates to the saying, "everything but the kitchen sink." Referencing the kitchen sink being 'left out' and alone. So when he references that he is the kitchen sink, hes referencing that he is unique)

    Clearly, the rest of the song is motivating. A pick me up for other 'kitchen sinks.'

    'leave me alone,
    Don't leave me alone'

    When youre in a spot like this you might confuse yourself and say you don't need people. But youre really just screaming for people to see you and appreciate you.

    Find purpose in whatever you can. Don't worry whether youre good or bad at it, just do it, and like he says, 'you'll see purpose start to surface'

    Thats my take anyhow.
    fr0st2kon July 21, 2014   Link
  • +6
    Song FactTyler once said in an interview about this song that it is about thinking about what the point in life is and why we are all here and the reason why "a kitchen sink to you is not a kitchen sink to me" is, Tyler said, something happened to him at a kitchen sink, like he realized something very important in that moment at a kitchen sink. he did not specify what happened but i feel like it was something personal, for example, the point for his life.
    thisistooshorton September 21, 2015   Link
  • +4
    My OpinionReally? No one has commented on this song? Kitchen Sink is one of my most favorite songs.
    I wish people would listen more to these words than the meaningless crap that is poured into their ears everyday, by people that claim to artists. Anyways, I think it is pretty self explanatory, only I wonder what event may have taken place at his kitchen sink. A game of monopoly to you, is not the same to me.
    ginnyboyon May 13, 2014   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningYou are unique and nobody knows what you know or can do what you do, and for that reason, you should stay alive.
    blebon July 14, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn the interviews 'twenty one pilots in 21 minutes' Tyler tells us that a kitching sink can be anything. Something personal that only you understand. For example an object that symbolises something. For Tyler that object is a kitching sink.
    Storyboy16on December 12, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationBasically everyone is unique no matter what people say.

    Tyler then says that if you're searching for purpose, you need to do something with your life: whether it be drawing, making music or whatever. It can get rid of your bad thoughts and depression.
    Nesdenon January 27, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell... what I think is that when he says the words "leave me alone.. don't leave me alone" is like when you want everyone out of your life, but you want that one person to notice when you say your "fine". It's like when you want to be left alone when you say "im fine" but you want that one person to notice you're lying.
    Something else I noticed, when he says "a kitchen sink to you is not a kitchen sink to me" is that we find our own meaning in things. We all have different ways of solving things.
    TØP21on May 17, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat I originally thought of with this song that brings me to tears is the people I know and knew who struggled with suicide and their inner demons. When they would push me away when they needed help the most. This song is so powerful to me about finding purpose in life.
    Kmiciekon January 07, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSometimes when I'm feeling trapped in a rut or overwhelmed with responsibility or especially feeling loneliness, with no one I feel comfortable opening up to, I just feel the desire to create something to express myself. Whether it's writing my thoughts down, painting, etc., I find that that piece of expression becomes a meaningful part of coming to terms with my personal trials, even though my work is nothing I'd be comfortable with even showing to others.

    What I really appreciate about this song is that Tyler is saying that he had a personal experience with a kitchen sink, and though that might mean nothing to us, it means something to him, and that's what's important. He's saying that we should find something to express ourselves, have personal experiences on our own that we can hold sacred to only ourselves.
    We're living in an age where it's easy to be on screens all the time, but instead of spending all our time consuming media, it's much more fulfilling to create and find meaning in those things.
    dizzybon December 01, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentConsidering the song was written for suicide squad...
    skyguy42on August 18, 2016   Link

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