21 Old Songs That Only True Twenty One Pilots Fans Will Know

21 Old Songs That Only True Twenty One Pilots Fans Will Know

There was a time before "Blurryface." And it was great.
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Before there were "Vessel" and "BlurryFace" and even "Three Songs," Twenty One Pilots and Tyler Joseph himself created some very beautiful work. While old songs like Kitchen Sink and Addict With A Pen are more popular among newer Twenty One Pilots' fans, you have to be a true fan to know these songs.

A Car, A Torch, A Death - Twenty One Pilots

This song is one of those ones where you start to realize what the song is about at the very end and then want to listen to it again.

Anathema - Regional At Best

Just when you think that maybe this song is going to be kind of slow and not like the duo's typical style, they throw in an intense rap at the end. Just how we like it.

Be Concerned ft. Jocef - Regional At Best

This song is interesting because if you listened to it right when it came out, it was tough to decipher who the second voice in the song is. This song is truly beautiful.

Before You Start Your Day - Twenty One Pilots

Another slow song that isn't what you'd typically peg a for a TOP song. However, the soft and slow melody that goes into the beautiful build up at the end makes the different sound totally worth it.

Blasphemy - No Phun Intended

This is the first example on this list of some re-purposed lyrics. The first verse of this song is the rap verse in Anathema. Although No Phun Intended was Tyler Joseph's album and never gained a ton of popularity, he realized such well-written lyrics needed to be put into a different song.

Clear - Regional At Best

I think this song has, bar Kitchen Sink, one of the most powerful bridges in all of their music. When he starts yell-singing, "I will tell you what I can" the song hits a high and it is unbelievable.

Drown - No Phun Intended

Drown's lyrics are re-purposed on a song that is not on this list, Fall Away. Fall away is one of their more well-known songs from Regional At Best. If you love the, "every time I feel selfish ambition is taking my vision" verse in "Fall Away," check out "Drown." The verse is expanded upon amazingly.

Forest - Regional At Best

Forest is one of my all time favorite TOP songs. Fun fact: there is a video of Tyler speaking the lyrics to this song on a street on YouTube that makes the song all the more wonderful.

Glowing Eyes - Regional At Best

This one is a very upbeat, fun song... But you always know those types of songs have an even deeper meaning. Definitely a fun one that makes you dance around and then think.

Hole In The Ground - No Phun Intended

Unfortunately, no lyrics were taken from this song and put into newer material... Here's hoping for their next album?

Implicit Demand For Proof - Twenty One Pilots

While the lyrics to this song are both thought-provoking and beautiful, one of the best parts of it is the piano lead up into the powerful instrumental. The part before the lyrics start might be the best part of the song. (But "rain down and destroy me" might be a close second.)

Isle Of Flightless Birds - Twenty One Pilots

All of their songs are up to personal interpretation, but I think this is one of their more clearly religious songs. No matter how you interpret it, the final verse is incredibly powerful.

Johnny Boy - Twenty One Pilots

Johnny Boy is probably one of their more popular old songs, but I simply couldn't leave out this one. "I will carry all your names and I will carry all your shame" is arguably one of the most powerful verses in all of their music. This song is so, so amazing.

Lovely - Regional At Best

The "stay alive" theme of Twenty One Pilots is prevalent in so much of their music, and it definitely makes an appearance in this song. Such an upbeat and amazing song.

The Pantaloon - Twenty One Pilots

Just like Lovely is a beginning of the "stay alive" theme, The Pantaloon hits off the "lose your mind" theme. This is another one you'll sing 20 times and then finally say, "oh, that's what this is about!"

Ruby - Twenty One Pilots

"Ruby" is a beautiful song that has a very ambiguous meaning. I've heard it is about a young girl with some sort of disease that went to his church, and others have heard other things. Regardless of the meaning, it is some beautiful lyrical work with one of the best "screams" in their music.

Save - No Phun Intended

It is no secret that Tyler's pre-TOP music is some amazing work, and this one is no exception.

Slowtown - Regional At Best

What does "Slowtown" have in common with "Lane Boy," "Kitchen Sink," "Stressed Out" and probably others? It makes a reference to his brother Zack. This is one of the first times he's referenced, and it is always really cool when he brings his family into the music.

Street Poetry - Tyler Joseph Youtube

"Street Poetry" is one of my favorite TOP-related things. It is a really hauntingly beautiful video of Tyler reciting poetry while walking down the street. in what looks like Uptown Westerville in Ohio. The cool thing for the people who knew about this video was that "HeavyDirtySoul" uses the words from "Street Poetry" as lyrics.

Taken By Sleep - No Phun Intended

This song is probably one of the saddest of Tyler's solo music, and the band's as well. This song seems to be about a friend who has committed suicide and is incredibly, incredibly deep.

Tonight - No Phun Intended

To top off this list is one of my very favorites, "Tonight." This song is one of the easier ones to interpret but still not enough so that you can't draw your own conclusions. Tyler has been a genius since the beginning.


If you're a new Twenty One Pilots fan who only knows their new stuff, I urge you to check out their old music. And if you've been following them forever and have loved these songs for years, be happy you've experienced such amazing music for that long.

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10 Rupi Kaur Quotes To Help you Deal With Any Situation

"Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." -Rumi
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Rupi Kaur made her debut with milk and honey, becoming a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Despite the fact her poetry was everywhere, I never read the book.

But this Christmas, my old roommate and best friend, Izzy, surprised me with a little gift. I immediately knew it would be a book when she handed me the wrapped rectangle.

Izzy knew once she read milk and honey how much I would enjoy Rupi Kaur's work. When I unwrapped this gift and saw her second collection of poetry, the sun and her flowers, I was elated.

I blazed through the collection in an hour, absorbed by the beauty and power of her words. Kaur's brilliant poems have a way of captivating every thought and evoking raw emotion from any reader.

So without any further ado, here are 10 quotes from the sun and her flowers to help you deal with any situation.

1. Dealing with loss

"it isn't what we left behind

that breaks me

it's what we could've built

had we stayed"

2. Struggling with jealousy

"learning to not envy

someone else's blessing

is what grace looks like"

3. Moving on from someone

"you ask

if we can still be friends

i explain how a honeybee

does not dream of kissing

the mouth of a flower

and then settle for its leaves


- i don't need more friends"

4. Holding onto anger

"wish pure love and soft peace

upon the ones

who've been unkind to you

and keep moving forward


- this will free you both"

5. Recognizing your own power

"what's the greatest lesson a woman should learn?

that since day one. she's already had everything

she needs within herself. it's the world that

convinced her she did not."

6. Feeling inferior to those around you

"i will no longer

compare my path to others


- i refuse to do a disservice to my life"

7. Being self-critical

"the universe took its time on you

crafted you to offer the world

something different from everyone else

when you doubt

how you were created

you doubt an energy greater than us both


irreplaceable"

8. Experiencing dissatisfaction with life

"when snow falls

i long for grass

when grass frows

i walk all over it

when leaves change color

i beg for flowers

when flowers bloom

i pick them


unappreciative"

9. Handling something coming to a close

"why is it

that when the story ends

we begin to feel all of it"

10. Making the most of things

"despite knowing

they won't be here for long

they still choose to live

their brightest lives


- sunflowers"


These simply deliberate words are profoundly powerful when you take a moment to think about what is being said. Kaur is wise beyond her years, and we all should take some time to appreciate her work. the sun and her flowers not only reignited my love for poetry, but it taught me how to take on this world with a greater sense of compassion for myself and for others.

Cover Image Credit: Gerome Bruneau

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To The Person Who Has Finally Found Their Way

It's about time.
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The start was all wrong. You find yourself saying “if only I could go back and change this, maybe things would be different.” In reality, we all know that’s not possible.

Bad things were happening, parents divorcing or losing a loved one. Things couldn’t get any worse for that situation, and then you’re out of money because you had to pay the bills. You lost your job the next day.

And then, things got better.

You kept your head down and kept on trucking along, carrying all that weight with you. You made changes here and there, getting a new job and cutting toxic people from your life. You started putting yourself and your needs first. You set goals for yourself, and stretched yourself thin to reach them.

And now, you’ve made it. Finally.

After all these hardships, after all of the crap you had to go through, you are able to make a name for yourself in this world. Things are finally looking up for you in the best way.

You met a cute person at that café the other day. You might call them, if they don’t have Tinder. You have a nice job, one that you actually enjoy going to and working overtime for.

Some people would say, “Well that’s nothing compared to what I went through…” But that’s not what matters. This is not a competition of “who had it worse” but instead a proud showcasing of how you managed to make something out of nothing.

And now, you move along.

Conquering the world, or city, at your leisure.

Glancing back, you may question how you even survived. Let that fuel you to do even better things in your future endeavors.

If you begin to doubt yourself for even just a moment, don’t. Half of the people who were in a similar situation as you didn’t have the strength to get up and keep moving.

As I grew up, I would do this visual form of self-reflection. I’d go into a room with a mirror and look at myself. I’d close my eyes and think of a time when I was even younger, maybe less than 10-years-old. I’d think of what I was doing at that age, at that time. Gradually working back up to the current day, I’d reflect on all that physical, mental, emotional growth I’ve accomplished in my short time here. And eventually, I’d open my eyes and look at that person in the mirror. I would smile at myself, as if to say “Thank you for reminding me of what was and recognizing what is.”

We don’t know what lies ahead, where we’ll be or what will happen. But what matters is that in the here and now, you are doing the best you can. And when that day comes when you don’t know where to go or what to do, look in the mirror and reflect.

In the words of St. Jerome, “The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.”

Cover Image Credit: Ronald Saunders's flickr

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