What is "Chlorine" by Twenty One Pilots about? | Lyrics Explained

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2018年10月 6日

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评论 891
Rohan Hutchison
Rohan Hutchison 2 天 前
I chose this song as my song to explain the meaning of for my english project and this helped heaps, thanks edit: maybe, it mostly just made me more confused though
ej ej
ej ej 2 天 前
S O S Cl(ancy)
Gothicc Bitch
Gothicc Bitch 3 天 前
Rebel red clearly means red bull
Matthew Mitchell
You are a big fat phoney
Matthew Mitchell
This might be the worst intellectual analysis for a song I have ever read, aside from the early Kurt Cobain lyrics analysis. Whatever your name is, you are only a surface scratcher and a person who does not understand sarcasm and metaphors, and thus, your analysis ends up empty and devoid of meaning, which robs all of the 21 Pilot followers of what they really want. To understand what the band is talking about you need to actually listen to the song as opposed to you listening to 10 seconds of the song and making a judgment ....or even worse, line by line analyzing their lyrics as if you could decipher what they mean by breaking down each word. Think about it like translating Spanish to English ....things get lost in translation. You have an empty analysis, devoid of meaning because you are only translating the surface layer of the song.
Gawdzirra93 _
Gawdzirra93 _ 5 天 前
I thought it was "Can you break my heart to pieces? I'm just a chemical."
kurazaybo 7 天 前
Drugs, it is about drugs
834rknuckle Martinez
A love song of two people clash but chemistry..... (I love you, I cant live without you.) There confusions cleared
Little Assasian
Little Assasian 9 天 前
Sippin on straight my urine 😂😂
Lucidrequiem 11 天 前
You claim to "explain" the lyrics by admitting repeatedly that you have no fucking clue what they mean.
Public Enemy
Public Enemy 11 天 前
I think what he meant by red is blurry face he feels like he can’t make something better than blurry face which is false
mason papotte
mason papotte 11 天 前
at 5:28 he sounds like Kermit
ChanceYMCMB 12 天 前
B eat
JLAndersonMusic 15 天 前
OK SO MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, The last part of the song is about his mom. "Can you build my house" for me is a call back to House of Gold, except he is building a house and not buying. "I'm just a chemical" fits in the theme with the songwriting process because he wrote a song for his mom. She is a(n awesome person, but also a) chemical. The part right before "I'm so sorry..." could be an apology to his mom for not talking to her a lot or seeing her because he is busy doing his life.
Prima Murdock
Prima Murdock 20 天 前
It seems like you going through an existential crisis dissecting this song.
Noble Savage 777
Noble Savage 777 23 天 前
I heard this song and watched the video for the first time today. My first and remaining thought was that this was a warning about the water that is coming from our faucets and showers now.
Keowyn Brown
Keowyn Brown 23 天 前
Other people: Oh LoOK, it'z ThE Pop sONg PrOFessOr! Me: Hol-E sHoOt! he gOt an UkULelE!!!!
chrisreuber 24 天 前
In the outro... “I’m so sorry I forgot you...” I feel is a reference to God or his Christianity, later seeming to reference the parable of building your house by the sea. My first reaction to the song lyrics were in relation to the depression/anxiety subject that’s a common theme in their songs and how it’s physically based in chemicals in the brain causing the feelings and how the management of these issues is largely using pills to level the chemical balance in the brain. “Beat is a chemical... “ to me refers to how a good beat/song/creative drive produces a higher level of the chemical dopamine which makes a person feel happier. I was struggling with the idea of the chlorine representing the pill management vs the beat being the natural chemical change but the video made not sense... til your explanations! I agree that the little guy represents the “creative self” which any musically inclined creative knows sometimes is hard to being put on call! I’m a new 21 Pilots fan and I’ve just been eating up all the interesting story lines and theories about their music, and totally enjoyed your videos on this song!
chrisreuber 24 天 前
Add to: watch the video for "Tear In My Heart" again after the "Chlorine" video, and you can see references in the video to Ned! - in the way the people's eyes adjust when the camera focuses in and also the Chinese street dragon; notice the girl who represents his wife does not have that happen when she's focused in on. In an interview, Tyler talks about writing hat love song to her and how he fell in love with her essentially because she didn't care that he was in a band, and it didn't change or affect how she viewed him or reacted/treated him.
bhaynkar 24 天 前
bro here is my interpretation about song taylor described this song with multidimensional aspects first verse he actually talking about how we human sipping straight chlorine in water as chlorine uses to clean up the water . the beat is a chemical means the time we going through is a chemical like situation. don't save my seat reference to human life ends and come back with more awareness when my growing up process completes second verse loving when i tasting ... (he is talking about water because it looks clean ) venom because its not pure as its was . and poisonous vibration (because everything is sound). help my body run and i running for my life(water is the main ingredient to life and now we running for life sake. fall out of formation ...(means these day the plastic labelled bottle companies used to serve water to us and spreading cancer "red label carnation" and they growing up while mankind is decaying. rap verse he is talking about how we kept it and red lable here means the money.thinking i am invincible as we human destroyed resources.and how money wrapped around each and every aspects of the life. "last two lines are reads incorrect" there is lead also we added to our system and "it is terrible in flavour"lead grew up more in our daily use and this industry grew more and double trouble maker than paper makers who cuts trees "but now you.." and now i love to hate the fight because you are in my life like sipping straight chlorine not water. also to every aspects of life also i am sorry i forgot you means asking sorry to god what we human does to the gifts of the nature .how we destroyed it by our endless desire. can you build my house with pieces that left behind after much destruction. and last he addresses us human "i m just a chemical" human are chemical being if we deeply see it. the song has depths it quite straight also in the the video they used chlorine to clean water so the white dude swim in it but he not until the water reaches a certain level of purification. and in the end he swim but not drinks it as he offered because as far as his level of awareness concern of the being. song is all about nature demise and asking sorry to the god so he could build our house with pieces. i never come up with that kind of deeper meaning lyrics these day hats off to 21 . and last what a great lyrics and music it touches my soul. god bless twenty one pilots.
Lillian Patton
Lillian Patton 26 天 前
N-never E-ending D-depression ??????
Crispy Coffee
Crispy Coffee 26 天 前
||-// Oh yeah yeah
Alainna Mulvihill
I think he’s talking about his depression. & how it’s always there. He over came his depression, but it’s always going to be there, but “sipping chlorine” is his healing process. He doesn’t drink it fully because he can’t cure his depression right away. But sipping on it is a slow healing process. Like I said, he knows it’s not going to fully go away. That’s why he has it “in his pocket”. & him saying “catching you up to speed”, it’s him saying he left the depression holding him down, & now he’s looking at himself depressed now saying ha, I’m getting better now.
Vania Armstrong
Vania Armstrong 27 天 前
For me, in the bridge or outro he's talking to God.
Vien  Dela Calzada
There is still one we missed NED means No Evidence of Disease
Pandabearmadness 27 天 前
I thought it was them experimenting with drugs maybe smoking pot
Tyler LaFave
Tyler LaFave 27 天 前
Soul thought frequency vibrations when applied too the vessel creates a chemical reaction of human characteristics....((chemical:dopamine,andrenaline,serotonin (all frequency vibrations) ect),morality:love,joy,happiness ect. Immorality:anger,hate,depression,anxiety,guilt,fear ect. Everything has a frequency vibration. When it's dark energy,poisonous it manifests in the body's energy ect doing harm lowering electric magnetic field of the body Aka Aura of the body. Turning the page. Demons dwell in negative/dark energy lower frequency vibrations(ill auras from negative thoughts, channeled dark energy,playing with things you shouldn't,opening portals,prone to spiritual attacks). The demon in the video wouldnt jump in until it was poisonous. The beat is a chemical(effects energy manifests spirits,channeling energy, opens portals, effects chakras of the body.... build my house. House of God, temple of God, rebel red carnation(God made flesh) red flower meaning( respect and warm approval, deep red deep love and affection)rebel:rises against/opposes ruler, ...His fight is spiritual as for us all God Bless
Katherine Griffin
What about the gremlin tho
52 Blue
52 Blue 28 天 前
Maybe the lyric: “My body lives on lead..” (continuing with the songwriting process as stated in the video) means he’s addicted to writing music? Because a pencil has lead..?
GhettoYu-gi-oh! !
Sippin on Sprite and lean!
Baroque Faolchu
Baroque Faolchu 28 天 前
I have a theory on the cup. Its a bit of a twist but follow me. When i first heard the song i thought the lyric was"sipping on straight glory" thinking back on that its obvious chlorine now. But what if he is sipping on is glory? Kinda like what you said about the fame of it. Hes not the kinda person to bask in glory taking in the fame. So he sips on it. At the end when he is handed another cup he doesn't drink but offers it to ned who turns their nose up at it. If ned is his muse/creativity it makes sense ned wouldn't like the glory. The fame isn't what they are here for. But regardless of his wants he has it in hand at all times and gets more in his cup once his muse has drank all the beat in. So like a alcoholic drink hes just sippin on it to not let it go to his head too.
Hazel Inch
Hazel Inch 29 天 前
Can u make an updated one explaining Ned
kyla mambourg
kyla mambourg 29 天 前
In French we call that « Catharsis » which is basically going through negative emotions as a purification system
Kennedy Huett
Kennedy Huett 29 天 前
He’s saying sorry that he forgot God. Trench is about him falling away from God and then getting close w him again and how it helped him learn the different lives people lead. Some w God some with out God.
emo fish from spongebob
or maybe its about my *chemical* romance
Troi 29 天 前
Sippin' On Straight Chlorine = SOS Cl(ancy)
Konrad Sadek
Konrad Sadek 29 天 前
"Rebel Red carnation, grows while I decay", could that be rust (or color of rust) which Chlorine can be used to clean?
Madi Conrad
Madi Conrad 29 天 前
i like tyler
Madi Conrad
Madi Conrad 29 天 前
i just love that tear i my heart was painful
Madi Conrad
Madi Conrad 29 天 前
Larry ordaz
Larry ordaz 个月 前
Kermit the frog sounding ass
Rachel Guthrie
Rachel Guthrie 个月 前
Okokokkkk I’m here after the release of CHLORINES music video and I am rly confused. It’s sooo good lol
Madison Lol
Madison Lol 个月 前
I’m so sorry I forgot you: referencing the break he took from music Let me catch u up to speed: updating us on his current mental state I’ve been tested like the end of a weathered flags that’s by the sea: he’s been tested to see how long he can last with this chemical music Can you build my house with pieces: he’s asking if music can help him build himself up because he’s just a chemical that needs chlorine to be cleaned
Florence S.
Florence S. 个月 前
The music video is finally out 🥵🥵
Aiden Griffith
Aiden Griffith 个月 前
Their new video is out . And it doesn’t explain a thing .. cnvid.net/video/视频-eJnQBXmZ7Ek.html
Peter Pro
Peter Pro 个月 前
What would I say if big chungus was in the chlorine video
marysealy yt
marysealy yt 个月 前
is the little demon baby thing named ned?
Jake Cline
Jake Cline 个月 前
You were right about the headphone reference in verses 3
Madelyn Rose Roberson
The music vid just came out.
NinJack 个月 前
Do the music video
Sarah Elizabeth
Sarah Elizabeth 个月 前
You're videos are so helpful. Thank you so much!
Emma Lily
Emma Lily 个月 前
As we know the "rebel red" is also a sign if embarassment, insecurity, depression, anxiety, etc. so when he says, "Hide you in my coat pocket wear I kept my rebel red" maybe he is referingntonthe fact that he is is hiding the music with his deppression because he is afraid of what mught come from the clique as he proceeds to write his music
Star Let
Star Let 个月 前
My theory is that this is about a toxic friendship/relationship or about a bad addiction
Kerri McDonald
Kerri McDonald 个月 前
I've been trying to figure this one out! About song writing maybe? Love your channel💗💗I think it's definitely his beanie. Headphones don't wrap around your head. Plus we see him packing his toboggan in Nico and the Niners🌻🌻
Miki Carrasco
Miki Carrasco 个月 前
“When I leave don’t save my seat” part I think it has to do with Tear in my Heart as he is driving in a car driving so when he says don’t save my seat, be back when it’s all complete he means I may not be myself sometimes but I’m still the same person and it’s just going to take sometime for me to figure out somethings(and be complete) and come back(to my seat) or too you but that’s just my theory
Tiktokthots 个月 前
Alan Cooper
Alan Cooper 个月 前
Ha I always thought he was saying Sippin' On Straight Glory! lol thanks for clearing that up
Miller3492 个月 前
I think we are over thinking this Chorline I think refers to drugs. The singer is upset and is attempting to use music as an escape from drugs which is an escape from the sadness. The red in pocket I feel like plays a 2 for one. The red pill (drugs) and music as you mentioned. I feel like the song is basically about someone's life falling to peieces and is attempting to rebuild by using an outlet (music) instead of relying on drugs
Jessica Hegarty
Jessica Hegarty 个月 前
I definitely think the prof has the idea, here's what I think though...I do think Tyler is talking about his music and writing it. I think he at times has a love/hate relationship with his music, especially now since its how he makes money now. I think all true artists struggle with this at some point when they become famous. You started your art for expression of who you are, you put your feelings and self in your work, you're an artist. But when you are using your art to make money at times you have to maybe do somethings you might not normally do because it is what pleases "the industry". So I do think sipping on chlorine is his music. I think its a way he "gets clean" in a way. I personally think it is spiritually related. Often those who attend church sing worshipful songs before the sermon. Often these songs are a way to "get right before God" and prepare you for worship. I think Tyler's music was a way for him to "get clean" in a way. He put his his heart soul into songs he wrote- literally, he but his feelings in them, often his songs were about God, confessing things he's done, (ode to sleep), some songs are also a form of worship. I think there were times he was dependent on his music in order to keep him going, living. Maybe at times he absolutely needs to write his music, but other times he become a dependent it it, rather than God, it might become an idol of worship to him, instead of God. I think the moments are medical because he needs his music to keep going- its his antidepressant. I think the part about rebel red is times he wrote songs and depended on his music instead of God. He felt invincible. He led different lives, traveling, concerts, made money, he became a different person because of the fame and money...the lead is that, he lived on it, he thrived, he loved it and he despised it too. Maybe he despised it because it took him away from God or from his original reason for writing. But he also loved it! Then the I'm sorry I think is directed toward God. It is easy to get caught up in life, rely on yourself, think of money instead of God, etc. He's sorry about it. He's been tested unbelievably during this time of fame. I think can you build my house with pieces is also directed toward God. Either referring to his own body, or spiritual life. He forgets God, he makes his music his idol, he becomes kind of rebellious not always singing toward God anymore, enjoying his fame and money forgetting his original reasons for his music. We aren't perfect, we make mistakes or sometimes we are so busy God is not foremost on our mind, whatever it is, often we are just pieces, not whole. God is who makes us whole. Either way, he is asking God if he can still use him, build him, with just the pieces of him, and of course God can and Tyler knows that. Thats my take on the song.
danny rampling
danny rampling 个月 前
Dude... the ending of the song to me is the most powerful.. have spent hours thinking about it.. "Can u build my house with pieces I'm just a chemical" he is asking 4 help.. he needs his heart to be fixed.. my house is his heart.. like he is asking for some love but he is damaged from his past... keep up the good work. Dan
Euan Thomson
Euan Thomson 个月 前
I think it's about addiction in a way
Sofia Lembo
Sofia Lembo 2 个月 前
When he says the line " ... thought I was invincible you rapped around my head..." He could be saying how Blurryface was taking over his mind ( rapped around his head) making him think he was invincible?? It sounded better in my head - also you sound like kermit the frog..
odelia_ roav
odelia_ roav 2 个月 前
your sentences are so long that when you end a sentence i forget the beginning of it lol still love you though
Alexi Kolick
Alexi Kolick 2 个月 前
I think the whole "red around the head" is about the idea of rebellion. Red Is the color of rebellion and breaking free from "dema" or "blurryface" which provide those bad thoughts. Dema and blurryface are like culture and Tyler will rebel against culture and go beyond that and rely on God and his beliefs
Lets have fun And stuff
Sipping on straight chlorine chemical formula for chlorine is cl: s.o.s -Clancy
Daniel Caplan
Daniel Caplan 2 个月 前
I think this song is vague because it discusses a few themes, what makes him so vague.
Taylor Friday
Taylor Friday 2 个月 前
I thought the rebel red carnations was something to do with Ohio. That’s our state flower . Maybe meaning that he got out of Ohio somehow idk.
Jennifer Gilbert
Jennifer Gilbert 2 个月 前
Sounds to me like it's a type of drug lol just saying
Doretha Roy
Doretha Roy 2 个月 前
I think the the last part is about God. Cause he needs him in his life. Idk
Big Bergoglio
Big Bergoglio 2 个月 前
I think the outro is about Tyler being so busy with writing music and living his life he hasn’t had time to talk to god as much as he used to do he needs to catch him up to speed
Rayna Eshelman
Rayna Eshelman 2 个月 前
Maybe he was like bluryface and that what he said is where I kept my rebel red and he decided he did not want to be bluryface and he chose to be a rebel
Nathanimations _
Nathanimations _ 2 个月 前
Chlorine was the first song I listened to when trench was fully released. (after the original 4 my blood,Nico and the niners, jumpsuit and levitate) Chlorine is my 2nd fav song after Nico and the niners
Galactic _Galaxy
Galactic _Galaxy 2 个月 前
Tbh when I first heard the first couple lines of the song I thought it was about drugs
Liz Eff
Liz Eff 2 个月 前
By the end of the video this dude started sounding like a muppet to me
EchoD2 2 个月 前
EchoD2 2 个月 前
Listen to levatation then chlorine you will get that its linked
Goldey 2 个月 前
Let's go hair
charlie mould
charlie mould 2 个月 前
I think the double as a paper maker bit somehow relates to him making money from the music somehow
Lauren Daniels
Lauren Daniels 2 个月 前
is the line 'the lead is terrible in flavour' maybe him talking about chewing on the back of a pencil while writing songs ?
Hailey Berlynn
Hailey Berlynn 2 个月 前
I think this song is about taking medication, like anti depressants
Cierra Gellatly
Cierra Gellatly 2 个月 前
Is he trying to sanitize his mind with the chlorine? 🤔
Phantom Parks
Phantom Parks 2 个月 前
When it says this beat is chemical does the beat sound like the anxiety attack beat
Madisyn Payne
Madisyn Payne 2 个月 前
OKay so i might be the crazy one but you gotta think, little kids are listening to this song and if he says sippin on straight chlorine wouldnt tyler think that then people are going to be curious and go hey i wonder what chlorine actaully tastes like, next think you know you die of chlorine poisoning. my god this is scaryyyyy one like =1 life saved 1 dislike=a person that just died a relpy = friendship
Anush Antony
Anush Antony 2 个月 前
coz a wise man once said "You dont know what that means, coz a kitchen sink to you, is not a kitchen sink to me."
The WolfPackOfJustice
i think the lyric im running form my life is a reference to him running away from dema
Allison Shoaf
Allison Shoaf 3 个月 前
Ugh, I hate that guy who asked what a blurryface is. It disrespects Tyler on a whole different level. Blurryface is the humanized version of his fear, anxiety, and insecurities he has. He basically asked him “What’s a fear” or “What’s a anxiety” and ANOTHER “What’s a insecurity.” I understand he made a mistake or he understand but Tyler has to KEEP correcting him even though he had already done that!
Røbin 3 个月 前
Chlorine should be a Venom song for the movie
Cesar Challenger
Cesar Challenger 3 个月 前
I’m not a twenty one pilots awesome song lyricist by I think when he said “ you in my life is like sipping on straight chlorine” he mean Jenna in his life is cleansing his mind and soul Idk just a theory
SNIPER LD 72 3 个月 前
Anyone else think the line “the last two lines may read incorrect until said” mean that you have to interpret either “now different lives I lead, my body lives on lead” as in the last two lines before that bead to be understood differently or the last two lines of “but now you double as a papermaker” should be read in a different way so that they make sense with the lore? Just a thought but maybe the word play is off and you just have to read it in a different way than it’s actually sang in the song ?
Ayla Cem
Ayla Cem 3 个月 前
i hated Chlorine at first.. i heard the first sentence "Sippin' on straight chlorine" and thought that this song must be so bad. but i gave the song i second chance, and I'm so glad i did. note to my future self: NEVER JUDGE A SONG BY THE FIRST LINE.
Straight Chlorine
Straight Chlorine 3 个月 前
I like this song
Kati S.
Kati S. 3 个月 前
Awesome! Thanks for explaining the lyrics, twentyone pilots has kind of hard lyrics to understand. You've got one more follower! :)
Kellen Coke
Kellen Coke 3 个月 前
okay are we just gonna ignore the fact that he was like “i’m not gonna ask you who clancy is or what a blurryface is” because HA
Bailo1209_playz 3 个月 前
Michael Connolly
Michael Connolly 3 个月 前
Can you mark part 2 for this song?
Michael Connolly
Michael Connolly 3 个月 前
Nice video
Randi 3 个月 前
Last thing I gotta say is that red bull and chlorine share similar elemental components but chlorine is also in our drinking water
Randi 3 个月 前
Chlorine ITS RED BULL REBEL RED CARNATION sorry didn't mean to yell but .... I just want you not to overthink this one. You are brilliant but i gotta speak up on this one. It's a song about Red Bull. "Helps my body Run" Terrible in Flavor, um....yeah red bull
Randi 3 个月 前
It's about Red Bull I'm pretty sure.
Karma Trevino
Karma Trevino 3 个月 前
Sipping on straight chlorine Which translates into S.o.s- CL (Idek I saw this on Instagram)
Our Way
Our Way 3 个月 前
I think Chlorine is about self harm and getting into a routine of ‘self destructing’ ,gradually committing suicide.
Marnie Hutchison
Marnie Hutchison 3 个月 前
Ohio State = red
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