Okay, okay, so it’s no secret who my favorite band is. Since hearing their first song I fell in love with their uniquely raw sound and meaningful lyrics. I’ve grown even more in love with them as I grow to learn about the two artists that make up the band. Josh and Tyler have a way of captivating their audience by singing, screaming, or rapping about real stuff. They don’t hide their emotions from the fans, but instead say, “Hey, I’ve been there too.” On their second Album “Vessel” a majority of the song are written about depression and mental health. Often referred to as demons, Tyler illustrates that he can’t control these dark thoughts that he has. In other songs he sings about giving it all to a higher power aka God. Overall, the message of the album is though we may face all types of adversities in our mind, we are all strong enough to fight those “demons” with the help of God. Now you can probably see why I like them so much.. 😉
Now I have posted these lyrics before on my Facebook status with no context. It frightened a lot of people. I’m posting them again here as I believe they truly speak to what a lot of us are going through. These lyrics are part of the song Fake You Out I highly recommend looking up the lyrics to the whole song as they add even more context and a sense of hope. This is a section that Tyler passionately raps out.
And the wrists of my mind have the bleeding lines
That remind me of all the times…
I have committed
Dirty dirty crimes that are perfectly form-fitted
To what I’ve done and what I’m doing
I’m brewing and losing and spewing infusing
And believe me that’s what all the kids are doing
What kids are doing are killing themselves
They feel they have no control of their prisoner’s cell
And if you’re one of them then you’re one of me
And you would do almost anything just to feel free…
Am I right? Of course I am
Convince me otherwise would take all night
Before you walk away, there’s one more thing I want to say
Our brains are sick but that’s okay
So, though it may seem dark, it speaks to what so many people with depression are going through. It starts out talking about the “wrists of the mind” making a clear connection to those of us who struggle with the addiction of cutting, but also refers to the guilt we all carry for things that we’ve done and we feel there is no escape from them as they often leave scars. The next part is pretty self explanatory. People are killing themselves. I said it. No I’m not sorry for saying it because it’s true. I’ve been there. I’ve tried to kill myself. Ignoring it won’t make it go away. That’s the point I think Tyler is trying to make in this verse. He is also relating to all of us who are or have been suicidal saying, “Hey, I’ve been there too.” Here’s the thing though, do you see how he ends it? He tells us “our brains are sick but that’s okay”. That is probably one of the most reassuring things a person with a mental illness could hear. It means I’m normal. It means I’m sick. It means I can get help. It means so much more. Offering a glimpse of hope in the midst of the darkness. I hope that helps people understand where I’m coming from and why I love this band so much.
There are so many other songs by them I could hash out, but I won’t. I’ll spare you the time. 😉 If you’re interested in reading more of the lyrics to their songs or even listening to some, I can help point you in the right direction.