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Taxi Cab

I wanna fall inside your ghost
And fill up every whole inside my mind
And I want everyone to know
That I am half a soul divided

Sometimes we will die and sometimes we will fly away
Either way you’re by my side until my dying days
And if I’m not there and I’m far away
I said, Don’t be afraid,”
I said, “Don’t be afraid, we’re going home”

I wanna strip myself a breath
A breathless piece of death I’ve made for you
A mortal writing piece of song will help me carry on
But these you heard

Sometimes we will die and sometimes we will fly away
Either way you’re by my side until my dying days
And if I’m not there and I”m far away
I said, “Don’t be afraid,”
I said, “Don’t be afraid, we’re going home”

So the hearse ran out of gas
A passenger person grabbed a map
And the driver inside it contrived a new route to save the past
And checked his watch and grabbed a cab
A beautifully planned taxi cap
A cab, had it cleared out back and two men started to unpack

Driving once again
But now this time there were three men
And then I heard one of them say:
I know the night will turn to gray
I know the stars will start to fade
When all the darkness fades away
We had to steal him from his fate
So he could see another day

Then I cracked open my box
Someone must have picked the lock
A little light revealed the spot
Where my fingernails had fought
Then I pushed it open more
Pushing up against the door
Then I sat up off the floor and found the brother we’re searching for

Then there were three men up front
All I saw were backs of heads
And then I asked them am I alive and well or am I dreaming dead
And then one turned around to say:
We’re driving toward the morning sun
Where all your blood is washed away
And all you did will be undone

I said, “Don’t be afraid”

1 Comment

  1. Audrianna Bornamann

    April 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    The word Christian is an adjective, not a noun. Christianity can be an avoidable subject in today’s society. Saying that something is Christian has the potential to make most people turn their heads away. So, the question is, how does one use Christianity to help someone when all it is doing is pushing people away? The answer to that question- Twenty One Pilots. It is very import to know that they are not a Christian band, but both members of the band (Tyler Joseph and Joshua Dun) are Christian. Their goal is to make their listeners think about what they are listening to, and to help them get through the darkness of depression. Christianity bleeds through their music, but never is specifically mentioned. The song “Taxi Cab” surprisingly is not about a cab, but rather about a mans journey to accepting Christ. Tyler specifically says in his bio, “We want to make people think.” Twenty-One Pilots does an amazing job of steering people towards happiness in the subtlest ways. The song “Taxi Cab” is a great song, on the surface, but the Bible provides even deeper understanding of various aspects of the lyrics.
    This song can be seen as Tyler’s journey towards the love of Christ. Tyler and Josh do not let it get out on the Internet they their lyrics have possible Christian intentions in their. The last thing they want is for people to disregard their music simply because their music is labeled as Christian. In fact they disregard any labels. They do not even have a specific genre that their music fits in to. Their music is a upbeat mix of rap, ukulele, rock, emo, punk, and many other styles. Tyler did not follow any of the ‘rules’ when it comes to writing music. Therefore, they have a very unique sound. At their live shows they play with excessive energy to try their best to make people remember them. Twenty One Pilots’ goal is to reach the greatest audience possible. They may act tough, but really they are just two Momma’s boys with a love for music and Jesus. They started playing music together and instantly knew it was something they wanted to do forever. The bands biography says
    ”Basically, we are all responsible for the preservation of our personal joy; but happiness is different. Joy is not circumstantial, happiness is. You can be depressed and still have joy. You can be suicidal and still have joy. We all stop thinking and we all stop talking and we all stop sharing and we all stop creating, because by doing any of these things we quickly find out just how unhappy we are. But that’s okay. That’s normal. Don’t let the fear of unhappiness cripple your pursuit of finding what it is you believe. Since joy is found in belief, we all have to push through unhappiness to find joy.” (Twenty One Pilots).
    That one quote alone basically sums up who Twenty One Pilots are. They want to make their listeners think. They want to help their listeners. Tyler and Josh know how it feels to be under the flames of crippling depression. They want to take that experience and their love for Christ to help people find Joy, and ultimately to stay alive.
    In the beginning of song Tyler is describing what life is like without Jesus by his side. He is lost and stubbles with no direction. The very first line of the song states “I wanna fall inside your ghost, and fill up every soul inside your mind (Joesph)” On the literal level that does not make much sense at all. Which is where the knowledge of the Bible comes in. The word ghost is mentioned 115 times in the Bible. Most of the times the word Ghost is mentioned it refers to the Holy Ghost. Which leads us to “and I want everyone to know that I am half a soul divided (Joseph)”, implying that Tyler is having doubts about his faith. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of glory of God.” There is actual proof in the Bible the no human is perfect, everyone sins. Tyler wants to devote his life to Christ, but he cannot help but let doubt fill his mind in his weakest moments. Tyler starts out the song by saying that he wants to devote himself to Christ, but even though he feels that way he is still going to sin and may choose the path that leads him away from Christ , simply because he is human.
    Moving forward, Tyler is describing his journey as he begins to feel the support of the Lord but has not quite accepted him into his life. In this part of the song he says, “Sometimes we will die, and sometimes we will fly away, either way, you’re by my side, Until my dying days.”(Joseph) In a broad analysis of this stanza, it is saying that sometimes people sin, and sometime they choose to do the right thing, but no matter what God will always be by their side to lead them toward happiness. Isaiah 40:28-31 says,
    “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
    No one can fathom God’s understanding. It is so amazing that any human cannot even comprehend it. That in it-self is substantial, that means that no matter how bad the situation is, or how far one stays away from Christ there is always the possibility that God will understand and forgive. Also, this verse is saying that the Lord will renew people’s strength when they have grown tired and weary. What that means in relation to this song is that Tyler is trying to tell his listeners that in the darkest hour when all hope seems to be lost, God is there. He will not stray away no matter what, he will lift you up, he will never make his presence subtle.
    Furthermore, the song begins to be more metaphysical in the “rapping” section. It is packed full of metaphors from the Bible. To start out, Tyler says’ “the hearse ran out of gas”((Joseph)). First, the hearse is interesting because, only dead people ride inside hearses, and Tyler is fully alive. Tyler is not actually dead but he is using death as a metaphor for sinning, which will make more sense later. In the next part of the song he says, “a passenger person grabbed a map and the driver inside it contrived a new route to save the path.”((Joseph)) This is simply saying that one of the passengers helped to lead him toward Jesus. Before Tyler was going in the wrong direction, is this case that means that Tyler was going though a struggle. Tyler suffers greatly from depression, and that was leading him to a life of suffering, sin, and sadness. This is the first time in the song that the listener can really tell that Tyler was suffering from depression, if they look close enough. It is important to Tyler that his listener to not pity him because of his depression. The most important thing that Twenty One Pilots wants to show is that, no one do not have to be alone. Whether it be finding comfort in God, or maybe just in their music, they want to help.
    The next part of the song is where the title comes into play for the first time. Tyler has moved from the hearse and is about to get into a taxi cab. He was in a hearse before, and was moved to a taxi cab, still in the coffin. The taxi cab represents the correct path towards a life of comfort and joy. The cab symbolizes the path to Jesus. In the next part of the song Tyler begins his journey in the right direction. “He checked his watch and grabbed a cab, a beautifully plain taxi cab” The reason the man checked his watch symbolizes that we, as humans, only have a set amount of time. Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom”. Meaning that humans only have a set time of life on earth and we should use it to do the best they can to do good things and live a good life for Christ, and do our best to help others.
    In the next scene Tyler describes what it is like inside of his taxi, “Driving once again, but now this time there were three men ((Joseph))” The three men represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, they are leading him towards Jesus and helping him get through the darkness of depression. The next part of the song says, “and then I heard them say I know the night will turn to grey, I know the stars will start to fade so he could see another day.” This is saying that they three men came to save Tyler from his sins, and from his suffering. Isaiah 1:18 says, “’Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD. ‘Through your sins like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’” Meaning that God is there for people, he is there to help people through hard times. Tyler wants to make sure people know God is not this scary figure that just damns people for sinning. Tyler wants to make sure that people know that He’s not just there to say what’s right and wrong. He can give you answers, and comfort to get through times when the simple task of getting out of bed seems like climbing a mountain, or when the only way to get the voices to stop is by taking a blade to your skin. Tyler went though the same struggle and he want everyone of his listeners to know that whether you take that pain and turn it into praise, or take that pain and turn it into thoughts about his music, you never have to take that pain out on yourself.
    The song goes on to say, “Then I Cracked open my box, someone must of picked the lock”. The three men (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit) were the ones that picked the lock on the coffin for Tyler. They were giving him a chance to live, and to breathe. At this point the song gets dark. The box represents the coffin Tyler is in, as mentioned before. He was “being buried alive” which symbolizes his life before Jesus. He was living a life that was ultimately leading him to death. That could be taken two ways. One being- he was living a life full of sin and ultimately living a life that would send him to Hell. The second, and more relative meaning, is Tyler’s depression. He is saying that without Jesus to guide his thoughts in a positive direction, he could have wound up dead. When the inside of your head is so dark and twisted it can be quite difficult to stay alive without support.
    The next line of the song says, “A little light revealed the spot where my fingernails had fought, then I pushed it open more, pushing up against the door. Then I pushed it open more, pushing up against the door ((Joseph)) ” The spots where ‘his fingernails had fought’ represent the battle that he had against his mind, and his struggle to find a purpose. The book of Job fits very greatly into this song. The book of Job God basically gives Satan permission to hurt Job as much as he wants. Job loses everything, including his wife. Job says, “My days … come to an end without hope” (Job 7:6) “I despise my life” (Job 9:21). “I loathe my own life” (Job 10:1). “My spirit is broken … the grave is ready for me” (Job 17:1). During the time Tyler was writing this song he was in a dark, scary place, as was Job while he was telling his story. Job hates everything that is happening to him. He is not afraid of death anymore. Job would rather die than continue the life he is living. God explains to him that humans do not know everything, they cannot possibly try to figure out why they are here, and that’s okay. It is okay not to know, what’s important is that you live a life faithful to God, and accept that everything is not going to be great all the time. Tyler mentioned in one of his interviews that he struggled to find a purpose, as did Job.
    The next few lines of the song say, “Then is sat up off the floor and found the breath I was searching for. ((Joseph))” On a literal level Tyler could have just been saying that is was much easier to breath, when he was not trapped in a coffin. The word breath is very important in the Bible. Job 33:4 says, “The Sprit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 27:3 says, “As long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils.” These verses show that “breath” in this situation is not just about taking in oxygen. Breath represents God’s saving grace, His way of telling you that everything is going to be okay. The second to last stanza starts by saying, “then there were three men up front, All I saw were backs of heads”((Joseph)) Again, the three men are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. What important about this segment of the song is that they had their backs facing Tyler. That is why the three men are driving the taxi cab and he is not. The phrase “Jesus take the wheel”, that is what Tyler is trying to get across. It’s okay to let go sometimes and hand your troubles to Jesus. It doesn’t have to be dark all the time.
    The next few lines of the song are simply beautiful and inspiring. It says, “And then I asked them, “Am I alive or am I dreaming dead? And one turned around to say, “We’re driving toward the morning sun where all your blood is washed away and all you did will be undone.” ((Joseph)) Explaining that section of the song is simple. One of the most famous verses in the entire Bible, John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This verse says that anyone who believes in Christ enough to ask for his help, will get his help. That verse gets across that that no person should ever have to face their troubles alone. The three men are leading Tyler in the right direction, where all his sins will be forgiven, he can have a life of Joy, and he can have a helping hand when he need it most.
    Tyler is trying to deliver the message that God isn’t this scary figure in the sky that sends people to hell for committing sin. People who suffer from mental illness (as Tyler and Josh do) need something to go to in their darkest hour, they need somewhere to look to stray their thoughts in a direction other than where they are currently heading. That can be hard. Steering thoughts in the right direction can be close to impossible when they are telling you that you are worth nothing and that you deserve this pain. Anyone can read as many Bible verses and listen to as much music as you want, but all of it means nothing if you don’t commit your mind to it and make an attempt to control negative thoughts. Imagine a person with depression. To them their thoughts are not just concepts in their brain. For them their thoughts can be like a raging monster. That monster keeps attacking, and attacking, ripping them apart, ripping their skin to sheds, ripping their self-worth to shreds. Then there is another guy, he comes and says, “Here, grab my hand, ill help you” and they keep denying his help. They don’t want his help, rather, they feel as if you do not deserve his help. They continue to be attacked. Then, right when they can’t take it anymore they grab his hand, and he takes them away from the monster. He stops the pain and suffering, he stops the negative thoughts and helps lead you in a direction towards happiness and a productive life. He is Jesus. He can help end the pain. He isn’t there to shun people though we continuously deny Him. Tyler is trying to deliver the message to all people that in your darkest hour, you don’t have to be alone. You ALWAYS have God by your side and like the song says, “don’t be afraid, we’re going home”. John 14:23 says, “Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’” This is amazing because it specifically says in the Bible that Jesus will love and care. All anyone has to do is simply believe in him enough to ask for his company through any struggle.
    Christianity is about helping people. The song “Taxi Cab” by Twenty One Pilots has hidden messages from the Bible that try and help people who are suffering find a light. In the song Tyler struggles with his relationship with God, as any Christian does. He sins, just as every person does. The song says, “all your blood is washed away and all you did will be undone ((Joseph))”. Being a Christian isn’t always easy, but no matter what God will always be by your side. Tyler and Josh are trying to send the message that no one ever has to be alone in their darkest hour. In life, everyone will always have someone by their side, and no one never have to be alone.
    Works Sited
    Joseph, Tyler. “Taxi Cab.” Azlyrics. Twenty One Pilots, n.d. Web. 1 Apr. 2015.
    “BibleGateway.” New International Version (NIV). N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2015.
    “TWENTY ONE PILOTS.” Twenty One Pilots Official Website. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2015.

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