"Stressed Out" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
I wish I found some better sounds no one’s ever heard
I wish I had a better voice that sang some better words
I wish I found some chords in an order that is new
I wish I didn't have to rhyme every time I sang

I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink
But now I’m insecure and I care what people think

My name's Blurryface and I care what you think
My name's Blurryface and I care what you think

Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out
Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out

We're stressed out

Sometimes a certain smell will take me back to when I was young
How come I’m never able to identify where it’s coming from
I’d make a candle out of it if I ever found it
Try to sell it, never sell out of it, I’d probably only sell one

It’d be to my brother, 'cause we have the same nose
Same clothes homegrown a stone’s throw from a creek we used to roam
But it would remind us of when nothing really mattered
Out of student loans and tree-house homes we all would take the latter

My name's Blurryface and I care what you think
My name's Blurryface and I care what you think

Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out
Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out

We used to play pretend, give each other different names
We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away
Used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face
Saying, "Wake up, you need to make money"
Yeah

We used to play pretend, give each other different names
We would build a rocket ship and then we'd fly it far away
Used to dream of outer space but now they're laughing at our face
Saying, "Wake up, you need to make money"
Yeah

Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out
Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out

Used to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
Used to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
We used to play pretend, give each other different names
We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away
Used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face
Saying, "Wake up, you need to make money"
Yeah


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"Stressed Out" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +7
    My InterpretationI think this song is about growing up and realizing that you are human and that you don't quite live up to the ideals that society tells you you should. For example, society tells you "Don't care what other people think!" I think this song references that by saying "My names Blurryface and I care what you think." Plus I think Blurryface refers to the fact that he doesn't feel like he is just one person to the world. He is different things to different people, which goes against another rule that society imposes on us which is to have integrity is to be the same to all people.

    I think he goes on to reminisce about life when he was younger and life was simpler. You could say "I don't care what anyone thinks of me!" and be unique and thrive off of that. As you get older you realize that you can't be so headstrong all the time, because we are just human after all. We care what other people think because we can't always be Superman all the time.
    jwcalifoon November 15, 2015   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningThe actual meaning of this song is that he simly wants to turn back time to the good old days. He misses his childhood and how easy life was back then.
    Froggyfrooon November 04, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThat bit about catching a whiff of a certain smell sending you back to when you were young . . . Gods, I always thought for some reason that I was the only one who did that. It's always there and then gone again, so quickly that I can never even identify what it is, or where it's coming from, and I don't think it's even really a smell so much as a memory of a smell, because I've found that sometimes I can catch a whiff of it when I play certain music ( Genesis, for some reason, brings it up frequently, as does Rush on occasion, and certain Springsteen songs, and sometimes Paul Simon ), but I tell ya, if someone could find that smell and turn it into a scented candle? I'd probably go broke.

    Y'know, it's funny, I'm not a big fan of this band, but this one song? Just that one little line took it from being just an OK little ditty that I wouldn't seek out, but wouldn't necessarily change the stereo if it came on, and turned it into one of my favourite newer songs on the radio.
    cantide8405on July 22, 2016   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is SO powerful. WISH WEWish we could turn back time, to the good old days
    When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out
    Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
    When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out
    that power oh. and thenUsed to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
    We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
    Used to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
    We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
    We used to play pretend, give each other different names
    We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away
    Used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face
    Saying, "Wake up, you need to make money"
    Yeah. YEAH that is just pure beauty!!! I look back on my childhood and just cry. I was a foster child. I was adopted at seven after being sexually abused from my father. he was good but then mom left when i was 5 and bam when i was 6 he changed to a whole other person. then i was taken away at 1:30 one morning wearing only a t-shirt and a pair of barbie PJ pants. I was given to a family who showed me what I should be like but I missed out on a major part of my childhood. And even though I cant I wish i could turn back time, to the good old days when our mother sang us to sleep but now were stressed out.
    musicismyarton September 28, 2016   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOk I feel like
    "my names blurryface and i care what you think'
    means a inward demon, obviously. But he cares what you think because he doesnt want you to see the horrors of the outside world, he blurs you out with emotion so you dont get hurt my society
    simplya107on June 30, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the "Slow Town" of Blurryface
    GavinWon June 01, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIm 14 and my life is already stressful and crappy. Are they saying it just gets worse?!
    Anyway, awesome song! Twenty one pilots rule!
    jonjonwinnyon September 19, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationwikipedia.org says that it's about the harsh end of adolescence and the transition to adulthood.
    seeingon March 04, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI like to focus on the blurryface mention, my names blurryfsce and I care wat you think, blurry face to me means the people who are quiet. And you forget their faces easily or don't see them at all, sometimes (often) people make fun of the blurryfaces of the world. I think it means what you say hurts me cuz I care wat you think. The red has been covered well by u guys
    anorak117on March 09, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDeep yet simple song about the loss of carefree innocent days of youth and the transition to the stresses and complexities of being an adult in our modern world. I heard this song on the way in to work this morning and the repeated lyric "Wake up, you need to make money" was practically taunting me. That's when you know someone has written a song that's pretty real.
    LaBradford22on May 04, 2016   Link

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