"Truce" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
Now the night is coming to an end
The sun will rise and we will try again

Stay alive, stay alive for me
You will die, but now your life is free
Take pride in what is sure to die

I will fear the night again
I hope I'm not my only friend

Stay alive, stay alive for me
You will die, but now your life is free
Take pride in what is sure to die

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"Truce" as written by Tyler Joseph

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    My InterpretationIf you watch the music video for this song it seems like this may have been written about their music career and how it will eventually die but he'll take pride in it while its still here.
    omorf13on March 16, 2014   Link
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    My Interpretation"Now the night is coming to an end, the sun will rise and we will try again"
    Here the guy with suicide thoughts is talking. He's saying that the next day he will try to stay strong.

    "Stay alive, stay alive for me. You will die, but now your life is free, take pride in what is sure to die"
    Here his friend is talking. He's telling him to don't give up. He's telling him that he should be proud of the life he lived and what is going to happen, even if he's going to die.

    "I will fear the night again, I hope I'm not my only friend"
    Here the suicidal guy is talking. He'll be scared in the dark. He hopes that this night he won't be sad and won't commit suicide. He hopes that he's not alone.

    This is just what I think...
    abc21pon March 11, 2015   Link
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    General CommentSimilar to what people are saying but here it is...

    "Now the night is coming to an end
    The sun will rise and we will try again"
    In "Holding on to you" they say how usually your darkest thoughts come at night, so this person is feeling those negetive thoughts, but you must think positively--that you'll go to sleep and tomorrow will be a new day for you to try to be your best and to try to be happy.

    "Stay alive, stay alive for me" Saying it to someone who feels like they want to end their life.
    "You will die, but now your life is free" You will die one day because you're mortal, But right now your life is wide open and full of possibilities.
    "Take pride in what is sure to die" Take pride in what you do because one day it will be gone (when you die or when your'e no longer able to do certain things).

    "I will fear the night again He knows that even though he's trying to think positively, there will be more nights he'll feel this hopeless.
    "I hope I'm not my only friend" Just hoping others will be there for you if you ever need them.
    greenday68on July 02, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI love how desperately he's trying to keep everyone alive. "Stay alive for me" in this and "friend please don't take your life away from me" in friend please.

    I'd like to think he wrote it to anyone who ever had suicidal thoughts. Not a particular person. Sang it so softly too, I want to cry.

    "sun will rise and we will try again." what a beautiful thing to say! No matter what happened today, there is always a brighter tomorrow. And WE. OMG. You are not alone. So soothing.

    The night is used as a symbol for depression or simply bad thoughts. "I will fear the night again." It's not clear whether if he fears because he worries about the depressed people or he is depressed himself too. I think the latter. In friend please he says "till we both see the light". There is an understanding, his familiarity with this concept takes the song to another level.
    broccolison September 17, 2016   Link
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    General Commentthis song to me is definitely about depression/suicide/etc. it talks about how you are going to die in the end, so spend this time taking pride in what you're doing and be happy.
    beachhpeachhon March 31, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI find it very interesting that (depending on how you interpret them) the songs of the album Vessel are a struggle with himself and God, whereas Blurryface is a struggle with self. Both tell deep stories of struggle. That's all I've got ahah.
    hmhugheson October 21, 2015   Link
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    Song MeaningI always saw this song as if it was written in the POV of someone who had a suicidal loved one.

    [Now the night is coming to an end
    The sun will rise and we will try again]
    Someone special to them has tried to commit suicide, and they are now recovering

    [Stay alive, stay alive for me]
    Pleading them not to end their life.

    [You will die, but now your life is free]
    We all eventually die, but right now, you're alive. You are free and have your future ahead of you.

    [Take pride in what is sure to die]
    Again, we all die. Take pride in who you are, and don't let your life go to waste.

    [I will fear the night again]
    Fearing that they will take make another suicide attempt

    [I hope I'm not my only friend]
    If they commit suicide, they will be alone without them.
    applejuiiceon December 10, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is the last song on their album vessel. The whole album seems to be about Tyler's inner darkness and how it consumes him, kind of like blurryface. Being that this song is the final song, I think it's about Tyler's ending of this darkness for a time. His light and dark are making a truce.
    Mandaloreon April 30, 2016   Link
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    My Interpretation"Stay alive, stay alive for me
    You will die, but now your life is free
    Take pride in what is sure to die"

    The chorus is basically telling the listener that your life is precious and even though you may be suicidal, there is still so much out there so while you are alive, you should take pride in what you have because one day you wont have it anymore.

    as for the first line, "Now the night is coming to an end," I believe just ties into the entire story of the album Vessel. Ode To Sleep, for me, takes place just as Tyler is about to go to bed but he stays up all night because "the dark's not taking prisoners tonight." So the entire album to me feels like it takes place all through out the night and Truce is kind of his way of finally giving into his sleep and going to bed but signing off with the very important message of "stay alive."
    mrtrashcan367on May 21, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationHe's talking about us. That is a common theme in their songs. He rallies people together, and somehow makes "We're broken people" sound less like a sad cry for help, and more like a rallying battle cry to uplift and inspire us. He is well aware that the majority of their fanbase is mentally ill teenagers and young people.

    "Now the night is coming to an end" a lot of suicides take place at night. It is when people are alone with their dark thoughts in dark places. But you made it through another night.
    "The sun will rise and we will try again" 'we' is everyone. All the people in the world, all those that barely made it to morning, will do their best to make it through another day.

    "Stay alive, stay alive, for me." This is Tyler pleading to us to stay alive, for him. In Guns For Hands, when he says "I'm trying to sleep but I can't when you all have guns for hands" is him worrying about us. Afraid for us. He cares about us. He stays up late worried about it. When he says this lyric, especially the second time, he sounds so emotional, so vulnerable, so desperate.

    "You will die, but now your life is free" so he talks about being free a lot, and to me, he means being free from yourself, being free from your mind, and all your problems. But I don't think that's what he means here. This is different, and is saying that you are already free. That your life is free. And the thing is, your life IS free. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want. I am not saying without consequences, but you can still do all these things. You can turn your life around, you can get better, you can do whatever you want. So, out of all the things you can do, don't choose to kill yourself. You WILL die someday, but not now. Death is guaranteed, so don't force it. Avoid it all you can. Because once you're dead, that's it. That's the end of the roller coaster. No. Live life all you can.

    "Take pride in what is sure to die." You're sure to die, not now, but someday. Take pride in yourself. You've done so much in your life, even the little things are something to be proud of. Take pride in yourself.

    "I will fear the night again" He's knows it, he's accepted that his depression is a part of his life, and that it affects him at night. He doesn't let it control him, though. He's still hopeful. And if he'd killed himself when he was a teenager, look at what would be different today? Some of us wouldn't even be here. My point is, take a lesson from that. Your life is going to be amazing, but you have to be here to live it, and other people could even benefit from it.

    "I hope I'm not my only friend" He's feeling insecure, like we all do sometimes. I hope I'm not my only friend. I hope other people care about me as much as I care about them. I hope they don't just fade out of my life and leave me all alone. I hope I'm not really just annoying and all my 'friends' aren't just too nice to tell me I'm not theirs. I hope someone else will someday understand me, and that I'm not my only friend.

    This is a genius song, and even though it's so simple, it's important, and I love it so much.

    If you are reading this, stay alive. For me.
    BonnieTon November 08, 2017   Link

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