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Guns for Hands

I know what you think in the morning,
When the sun shines on the ground,
And shows what you have done,
It shows where your mind has gone,
And you swear to your parents,
That it will never happen again,
I know, I know what that means, I know.
That you all have guns,
And you never put the safety on,
And you all have plans,
To take it, don’t take it,
Don’t take it, take it, take it.I’m trying, I’m trying to sleep,
I’m trying, I’m trying to sleep,
But I can’t, but I can’t when you all have,
Guns for hands, yeahI’m trying, I’m trying to sleep,
I’m trying, I’m trying to sleep,
But I can’t, but I can’t when you all have,
Guns for hands, yeahLet’s take this a second at a time,
Let’s take this one song, this one rhyme,
Together, let’s breathe,
Together, to the beat,
But there’s hope out the window,
So that’s where we’ll go,
Let’s go outside and all join hands,
But until then you’ll never understand.

That you all have guns,
And you never put the safety on,
And you all have plans,
To take it, to take it, don’t take it, take it, take it.

I’m trying, I’m trying to sleep,
I’m trying, I’m trying to sleep,
But I can’t, but I can’t when you all have,
Guns for hands, yeah.

(hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey,
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey,
Hey, hey, hey ,hey, hey, hey,)

(la da da da da)
[4x]

We’ve turned our hands to guns, trade in our thumbs for ammunition,
I must forewarn you, of my disorder, or my condition,
‘Cause when the sun sets, it upsets what’s left of my invested interest,
Interested in putting my fingers to my head,
The solution is, I see a whole room of these mutant kids,
Fused at the wrist, I simply tell them they should shoot at this,
Simply suggest my chest and this confused music, it’s,
Obviously best for them to turn their guns to a fist.

I’m trying, I’m trying to sleep,
I’m trying, I’m trying to sleep,
But I can’t, but I can’t when you all have,
Guns for hands, yeah.

I’m trying, I’m trying to sleep,
I’m trying, I’m trying to sleep,
But I can’t, but I can’t when you all have,
Guns for hands, yeah.

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5 Comments

  1. Honestly I think Guns For Hands is an incredibly inspiring song. Whenever I listen to it, I think. And really isn’t that what every twenty one pilots song does to every person listening?
    In some ways I think it refers to society. How we all have “guns for hands.”
    But, overall it seems like Guns For Hands is an anti-suicidal song. For example the first verse talks about thinking about what you have done and swearing you won’t do it again. I have never even thought about suicide, but I have friends who have. It’s this kind of music that changes and saves lives. And that’s something I can say about twenty one pilots music, that I can’t say for any other band right now.

  2. Guns For Hands was the first Twenty One Pilots song I listened to, and it really resonated with me. You see, I have several friends who are struggling with depression, self harm, and suicidal thoughts. To me this song really puts that in perspective. I literally can’t sleep sometimes because I worry about them, and I just want them to get better. I think Tyler as an artist sees all his fans, and how much they are hurting, and he recognizes their pain as a reflection of his own. He cares about us, and he understands. He knows.

  3. This song has saved my life a multitude of times. It makes me realize that even though there are those few people who are gonna bring me down there are many more that are gonna pick me up. For me, it’s hard to even get out of bed… but then I finally get up and twenty one pilots fills my day. They make my day that much better.. but this specific song has true meaning to me. It says, “You all have guns, but you never put the safety on” and those specific lyrics say a lot if you really think about it.. anyway, Im gonna stop talking cause i could go on forever.

  4. Where to begin with this song… I struggle with depression and anxiety, and these lyrics resonate with me in a way no other song can. Picturing the words in my mind and letting the music take over my body has soothed me time and time again, making self-harm less likely. The way that the lyrics so perfectly describe my situation is truly beautiful. As I peal back layers of metaphor, I continue to discover different interpretations of this song for every time I hear it. It really strikes a chord in my heart, and I thought I’d share.

  5. I cried when I first heard Addict with a Pen. I have started so many discussions with God the exact same way…even the part about trying to hold onto Him, “water in our hands”, when we are going through the battles of this life, “sands”. They are able to articulate what I feel as a Christian in this world. I honestly didn’t realize they were until recently, I just interpreted their songs that way because that is just how I think. I listen to Christian music but TOP speaks to a different part of this journey, the fears, the insecurities, the weaknesses, the failure when trying to do the right thing, doubt in Him at times, but also the Hope and forgiveness and patience God has for us. I have never been able to express my deepest thoughts to anyone about this walk as a believer like they do so plainly. I can’t wait to see them in concert one of these days.

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