Kitchen Sink

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Kitchen Sink
Song by Twenty One Pilots from the album Regional at Best
ReleasedJuly 8, 2011
KeyB major
Live debutJuly 9 2011
Last playedNov 6 2014
Live count40
ComposerTwenty One Pilots
LyricistTyler Joseph
WriterTyler Joseph
ProducerTyler Joseph, Josh Dun
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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)

Kitchen Sink is the 8th track on the album, Regional at Best as well as the 14th track on Vessel Bonus Track Version


The whole concept of that song is that I feel that humans are always struggling when it comes to purpose, trying to figure out their purpose is, what purpose even is, what’s the point, justifying your own existence.

A lot of kids and people my age struggle with “what’s the point,” and with the logo, what it really means is it’s an encouragement. When someone asks me what the logo means to me, the logo means something to me because I made it mean something to me. That’s the point. The point is that I created something that only I understand and whether or not I decide to disclose the meaning of it, that’s the beginning of purpose for me.

The meaning of purpose for me, is by creating something, if it be by writing lyrics, painting a picture, by expressing yourself through art…if it’s photography or music or theater, or whatever it is. It doesn’t have to be artistic, but if you create something and only you know the meaning of it, that’s the beginning of purpose for you.

When you’re in the room by yourself trying to decide whether to stay alive, you can tell yourself “I should probably stay alive because I’m the only one who knows the meaning of that thing,” so the logo is an encouragement for people to create. That’s what it means.

–Tyler Joseph via Youtube interview [1]



Title Releas Length Recorded Released Notes
Kitchen Sink Regional at Best 5:34 2010-2011 8 July 2011
Kitchen Sink Bonus Track Vessel 5:34 2011-2012 8 Jan 2013 Kitchen Sink, along with other songs from Regional at Best were remastered for their next album, Vessel




Album version
[Instrumental Intro]

[Verse 1: Tyler Joseph]

Nobody thinks what I think

Nobody dreams when they blink

Think things on the brink of blasphemy

I'm my own shrink

Think things are after me, I'm my catastrophe

At my kitchen sink

You don't know what that means

Because a kitchen sink to you is not a kitchen sink to me

Okay, friend?

Are you searching for purpose?

Then write something, yeah, it might be worthless

Then paint something, and it might be wordless

Pointless curses, nonsense verses

You'll see purpose start to surface

No one else is dealing with your demons

Meaning maybe defeating them could be the beginning

Of your meaning, friend

[Chorus: Tyler Joseph]

Go away, go away

Go away, go away

Leave me alone, leave me alone

Leave me alone, leave me alone

Leave me alone

Leave me alone

Leave me alone

[Verse 2: Tyler Joseph]

Nobody thinks what you think, no one

Empathy might be on the brink of extinction

They will play a game

And say they know what you're going through

And I tried to come up with an artistic way to say

They don't know you

And neither do I

So here's a prime example of a stand-up guy who

Hates what he believes and loves it at the same time

Here's my brother

And his head's screwed up, but that's all right

[Bridge: Zack Joseph]

Time gains momentum the moment when I'm living in 'em

I'm winning a momentary, sinning a moment passing after

A re-beginning moment's mending memories

Pretending enemies are friends of me

Sending me straight to bending me

My bad behavior but I bet I could have been a better man

Copy and paste caught me, and copy, better rhymes bother me

The better the rhythm, the badder I am

But I bet I'll battle with 'em battle

Better I am, gamblin' man, better bet I am a gambling man, I am?

[Chorus: Tyler Joseph]

Go away, go away

Go away, go away

Leave me alone, leave me alone

Leave me alone, leave me alone

[Outro: Tyler Joseph]

Leave me alone!

Don't leave me alone!






Lyrics meaning

When asked about the famous symbol that has come to represent the band, |-/, frontman Tyler Joseph told interviewers that the meaning of that symbol has a lot to do with “Kitchen Sink,” an extremely important song to him.

"Something happened to me at a kitchen sink. There was something I realized. That song ‘Kitchen Sink’ and that reference means something to me. But if I were to tell you exactly what that meant, those times where I need the motivation to continue forward, I wouldn’t have that as part of my motivation. In my darkest hour, when I’m trying to figure out what to do with myself, there’s that thing, that song…If I were to no longer continue forward, there would be no one there to explain this thing. I will not tell you what a kitchen sink is to me because it represents something that only I understand." [2]

all meanings of the lyrics are taken from the Genius website




Twenty One Pilots
Members Tyler JosephJosh Dun
Former Members Chris SalihNick Thomas
Albums Twenty One PilotsRegional at BestVesselBlurryfaceTrenchScaled and IcyClancy
EPs Johnny Boy (EP)Live At UG Studios • Three SongsSpotify SessionsHolding on to You (EP)Quiet Is Viølent

The LC LPDouble-SidedTOPxMMTrench 10" TripletLocation Sessions

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