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Trees

I know where you stand,
Silent in the trees,
And thats where i am,
Silent in the trees.
Why won’t you speak,
Where I happen to be?
Silent in the trees,
Standing cowardly.

I can feel your breath.
I can feel my death.
I want to know you.
I want to see.
I want to say, hello.

I know where you stand,
Silent in the trees,
And thats where i am,
Silent in the trees.
Why won’t you speak,
Where I happen to be?
Silent in the trees,
Standing cowardly.

I can feel your breath.
I can feel my death.
I want to know you.
I want to see.
I want to say, hello.

8 Comments

  1. There are many theories that I have seen on YouTube on what this song is about. I do not disregard any other theories or interpretations, as I believe any song by T|O|P is created to be shaped into how a person as an individual sees it if the interpretation is accurate with the lyrics.

    I believe this song is talking to an individual. It is talking to someone who is suffering, but whose suffering is ignored (“silent, in the trees”) by others, the other people of this world being the ‘trees’. The person suffers in silence, and although he/she is in the midst of all these trees (trees being people) nobody acknowledges it or sees it for what it is. This song is a shout out to those people who suffer in silence, the song basically telling them, “I know that you are ignored” (“I know where you stand, silent, in the trees”), “I’ve been in the same situation before” (“And that’s where I am. Silent, in the trees”), “I can see you and I can see your suffering and I’ve been through the same suffering” (“I can feel your breath, I can feel my death”), “I want to be your friend, to know you, to acknowledge you” (“I want to know you, I want to see, I want to say hello”). In general, the song is to those who feel alone in this life and feel like they have to fight off so much by themselves. According to Tyler Joseph, that is not true; he can see that suffering as he has been through similar suffering, and he wrote a song just for those people who cannot be seen.

    • All of their songs are supposed to be like that. That is the beauty of all of their songs. None of them can be described by any word and all interpretations are different in many ways. TWP has a way of getting their message across that leaves everyone with a different account of their song. They sing about things they have gone through, yet about things everyone goes through at the same time. That is why twenty one pilots is possibly (and is in my mind) the best and most relate-able band in existence.

    • I have heard some great theories and I always understood the themes of the songs, but you really do put it brilliantly here!

  2. Caroline Baldwin

    May 2, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I’ve always interpreted this as someone speaking to God. As a christian, I feel I can relate to this song in a spiritual way, as I feel closest to God when I am outside, specifically in the woods. The person in this song, I interpret as literally standing in a forest, praying, expressing their frustrations at not feeling God’s presence, something all Christians struggle with at times, and also expressing how he longs to be close to God. |-/

  3. Ok, people may not like this, but he’s talking to God, you can try to give every single word a deep and abstract meaning to avoid the truth, but this song is literally talking to God

  4. I love your explanation Collin. This is one of my favorite songs. I agree with Trent that they are a relate-able group, but at the same time, we don’t know them. They said to us “You don’t know my brain the way you know my name. You don’t know my heart the way you know my face.” We have our interpretations, and they have theirs. What I like about them, is that something happens, something indescribable when these opinions collide/cross. My sister and I have debated and agreed and compromised over TOP’s songs, and it’s beautiful to see the opinions weave themselves around. I can’t disagree with anything Collin has said though. I would like to add something though: These ‘trees’ ignore us, and in doing so, shadow us like a real tree, from those of whom can help, and they TEACH us through this that we CANNOT speak up, we CANNOT push against them, and we succumb, thus they silence is morbid.

  5. This is a call out to God, as in Father/Son/Holy Spirit.

    21P is

    -ThatGood

  6. This a really good explination of Trees. By far my favourite song tbh. It gives me a bad case of the feels but I feel like I’m not alone with the struggles I face.. |-/

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