Implicit Demand For Proof

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Implicit Demand For Proof
Song by Twenty One Pilots from the album Twenty One Pilots
RecordedJune — November 2009
ReleasedDecember 29, 2009
Time signature3/4
KeyC major
Live debut30 April 2014
Last played31 October 2014
Live count7
ComposerTwenty One Pilots
LyricistTyler Joseph
WriterTyler Joseph
ProducerTyler Joseph, Chris Salih
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Twenty One Pilots track listing
  1. Implicit Demand For Proof
  2. Fall Away
  3. The Pantaloon
  4. Addict With A Pen
  5. Friend, Please
  6. March To The Sea
  7. Johnny Boy
  8. Oh, Ms. Believer
  9. Air Catcher
  10. Trapdoor
  11. A Car, A Torch, A Death
  12. Taxi Cab
  13. Before You Start Your Day
  14. Isle Of Flightless Birds

Implicit Demand For Proof is the first song on the album Twenty One Pilots by Twenty One Pilots.


Implicit Demand For Proof begins with a melodic piano piece which introduces the listener to the musical virtuosity of twenty one pilots.

The track evolves quickly into an angst-y piece that details Tyler Joseph’s struggle with his religious doubt, a theme the group would continue to explore further throughout their career.

Tyler goes as far as to bait God, or “implicitly demands” proof of His existence. He questions his power and His presence, even if it means God strikes Joseph down in the process for his blasphemy[1].



Title Releas Length Recorded Released Notes
Implicit Demand

For Proof

Twenty One Pilots 4:52 June - November


29 Dec 2009


The song has never been fully performed, or at least no performance of the song has been recorded, But a slightly modified intro of the track was used for the Guns for Hands intro during the 2014 tour.



Album version
[Verse 1]

I know You're not a liar and I know You could set fire this day

Go ahead and make me look away

Strike me down, I am calling Your lightning down from Your dark hiding place

Go ahead and show me Your face


Reign down and destroy me

Reign down and destroy me

Reign down (Reign down)

[Verse 2]

I mean no disrespect

I am simply very perplexed by Your ways

Why would you let us use your name?


Reign down and destroy me

Reign down and destroy me

Reign down and destroy me

Reign down and destroy me


Reign down (Down!)

Reign down (Down!)

(Down! Down! Reign!)

Lyrics meaning

Lyrics Meaning
«I know You're not a liar and I know You could set fire this day

Go ahead and make me look away»

Tyler believes that all of God’s promises

(everlasting life will be eventually fulfilled, but because of his doubt, he still wants physical proof of His existence. This is why he is asking for God to show himself and make it rain fire upon the

Earth now, just as the Bible says it will during the final days in 2 Peter 3:10:

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,

and then the heavens will pass away with a roar,

and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved,

and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

“Make me look away,” could be a reference to Genesis 19,

where God destroyed the two cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with a rain of fire.

When God told Lot to leave with his family,

they were told to not look directly at the cities burning,

for little did they know, they would turn to salt if they peeked;

Lot’s wife learned the hard way.

A less literal analysis of this line is that God is

making him look away from any proof, forcing him to solely rely on his faith.[1]

«Strike me down, I am calling Your lightning down from Your dark hiding place

Go ahead and show me Your face»

Tyler is taunting God, trying to draw Him out and make Him prove Himself. What Tyler doesn’t realize is that God isn’t hiding; Tyler simply hasn’t found Him of his own accord. He resorts to blasphemy, asking for his own self-destruction. What Tyler is asking for is comparable to what was described in either Job 36 or Job 37. “Show me your face,” connects with the chorus and the previous demands for self destruction as well (“Strike me down”). It is quite likely an allusion to Exodus 33:20:

‘But,’ he said, ‘you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.’

Ironically, this line defies the meaning of an implicit demand. “Show me your face” is an explicit , or direct, demand, whereas an implicit demand would be indirect with only the implication of a demand.[1]
«Reign down and destroy me

Reign down and destroy me

Reign down (Reign down)»

Tyler taunts God, vying for his attention or acknowledgement by saying, “Go ahead, destroy me, then at least I’ll know you’re real.” Recognizing that God does not owe him an answer (as seen in Job 38), he may also be asking for God to destroy him as an atonement for all of his doubting.

The word “reign” in these lines could have a double meaning, acting as a homophone for “rain.” Gods are usually seen as having control of the weather and the sky, bringing bad weather to punish people for things such as blasphemy. God is also known as the “King of kings,” and Tyler is asking God to actually “reign down” by doing something that only a king or a god could do to prove their existence.

This could also be a nod to Radiohead’s 1997 song “Paranoid Android” where it says:[1]

Rain down, rain down

Come on, rain down on me

From a great height

From a great height, height

«I mean no disrespect

I am simply very perplexed by Your ways»

Sometimes following blindly in the words and ways of your superiors can be confusing and lead you to question their motives; not out of malice, but out of genuine curiosity. Nobody likes to be left in the dark.

More specifically, Tyler strives to understand God Himself more thoroughly. This is seen more blatantly in Tyler’s song “Blasphemy” from his 2008 solo project, No Phun Intended. He seems to possess some resentment towards God in this line, as many do after suffering some sort of trauma. He questions His methods, which is not acceptable behavior according to some Christian churches, but is common in those who feel hopeless.[1]

«Why would you let us use your name?» As many worshipers have expressed, Tyler is curious as to why God would create humans with the ability to sin. In biblical times, the true name of God was considered much too holy to be spoken aloud. This may also allude to the famous passage in the Book of Exodus in which speaking the Lord’s name in vain is made to be a crime:

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

It’s appropriate to note here that Tyler never directly says “God” in his songs (save for “A Car, A Torch, A Death”), even though many clearly contain religious allusions. As this article suggests, it almost seems as if this is done to draw people in, then let them figure it out for themselves.[1]
all meanings of the lyrics are taken from the Genius website



Chris Joseph and his partner have a religious website where the latter posted a homemade video clip of this song a long time ago.


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