Anathema

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Anathema
Song by Twenty One Pilots from the album Regional at Best
ReleasedJuly 8, 2011
FormatDigital
Length4:01
Tempo140
KeyG major
Live debutJuly 9, 2011
Last playedMay 18, 2014
Live count35
ComposerTwenty One Pilots
LyricistTyler Joseph
WriterTyler Joseph
ProducerTyler Joseph, Josh Dun
LabelSelf-released
Stream / Buy
Twenty One Pilots track listing
  1. Guns For Hands
  2. Holding On To You
  3. Ode To Sleep
  4. Slowtown
  5. Car Radio
  6. Forest
  7. Glowing Eyes
  8. Kitchen Sink
  9. Anathema
  10. Lovely
  11. Ruby
  12. Trees
  13. Be Concerned
  14. Clear
  15. House Of Gold (Newsletter Edition)
  16. Two (Newsletter Edition)

Anathema is the 9th track on the album, Regional at Best

Background

A lot of Tyler's songs deal with sleep/night time, such as "Ode to sleep", "Guns for Hands" and "Truce". I think this song is about those nights where he has too many worries and thoughts that keep him up at night.

'You will never know what's behind my skull/You will never know what's under my hair/You will never know what's under my skin/You will never know what is in my veins' - I think this refers to how he is able to put on a facade during the day but when night comes he struggles to hide how he actually feels and deals with his anxieties and fears that he has avoided throughout the day.

'I'm calling my father, Am I screaming to an empty sky?' He doesn't know who to turn to when he feels this bad and questions his faith as he tries to reach out to God. [1]

Versions

Studio

Title Releas Length Recorded Released Notes
Anathema Regional at Best 4:01 2010-2011 8 July 2011

Live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7c37HYzFwM

Lyrics

Lyrics

Album version
[Verse 1]

You will never know what's behind my skull

So won't you say goodnight, so I can say goodbye?

You will never know what's under my hair

So won't you say goodnight, so I can say goodbye?

You will never know what's under my skin

So won't you say goodnight, so I can say goodbye?

You will never know what is in my veins

So won't you say goodnight, so I can say goodbye?

[Chorus]

Won't you go to someone else's dreams? (Else's dreams)

Won't you go to someone else's head? (Else's head)

Haven't you taken enough from me? (Enough from me)

Won't you torture someone else's sleep? (Else's sleep)

[Verse 2]

And you will never know what I'm thinking of

Won't you go to someone else's dreams?

So won't you say goodnight, so I can say goodbye

Won't you go to someone else's head?

And you will never understand what I believe

Haven't you taken enough from me?

So won't you say goodnight so I can say goodbye?

Won't you torture someone else?

[Bridge]

Haven't you taken enough from me?

Won't you torture someone else's sleep?

Won't you go to someone else's dreams?

Won't you go to someone else's head?

Haven't you taken enough from me? (Oh)

Won't you torture someone else's sleep? (Oh)

[Verse 3]

I start to part two halves of my heart in the dark and I

Don't know where I should go and the tears and the fears begin to multiply

Taking time in a simple place; in my bed where my head rests on a pillowcase

And it's said that a war's lead but I forget that I let another day go by (Ah)

I want to be afraid but it seems that these days

I'm caught underwater and I'm falling farther

My heart's getting harder, I'm calling my father

Am I screaming to an empty sky?

Empty sky, no way, that's me 'cause one half of my heart is free

Empty sky, no way, that's me, 'cause the other half of my heart's asleep

Lyrics meaning

Lyrics
In the context of the song, anathema refers to a curse. Throughout “Anathema,” the narrator broods over the human condition and laments the fact that, as humans, we are naturally inclined to want what is considered to be evil.

The song opens with a subdued keyboard and minimal percussion. As the song progresses, it slowly opens up, gaining more momentum and energy until finally reaching a climax drenched with heavy electronics during the bridge. That high energy is sustained for the third verse, creating a unique contrast of sound throughout the track.

The third verse is recycled from a song called “Blasphemy” on Tyler Joseph’s 2008 solo project, No Phun Intended. [2]

all meanings of the lyrics are taken from the Genius website

Sources

[1] https://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858886313/

[2] https://genius.com/Twenty-one-pilots-anathema-lyrics

Twenty One Pilots
Members Tyler JosephJosh Dun
Former Members Chris SalihNick Thomas
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