Migraine

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Migraine
Song by Twenty One Pilots from the album Regional at Best
ReleasedJuly 8, 2011
FormatDigital
Length3:59
Time signature4/4
Tempo174
KeyC major
Live debutAugust 5, 2012
Last playedJanuary 8, 2023
Live count494
ComposerTwenty One Pilots
LyricistTyler Joseph
WriterTyler Joseph
ProducerTyler Joseph, Josh Dun, Greg Wells
LabelSelf-released
Stream / Buy
Vessel track listing
  1. Ode To Sleep
  2. Holding On To You
  3. Migraine
  4. House Of Gold
  5. Car Radio
  6. Semi-Automatic
  7. Screen
  8. The Run And Go
  9. Fake You Out
  10. Guns For Hands
  11. Trees
  12. Truce

Migraine is the 3rd track on the album, Vessel

Background

Versions

Studio

Title Releas Length Recorded Released Notes
Migraine Vessel 3:59 April 2012 8 Jan 2013
Three Songs July 17, 2012


Live

Lyrics

Lyrics

Album version
[Verse 1]

I wake up fine and dandy, but then by the time I find it handy

To rip my heart apart and start planning my crash landing

I go up, up, up, up, up to the ceiling

Then I feel my soul start leaving like an old man's hair receding

I'm pleading, "Please, oh please!" on my knees repeatedly asking

Why it's got to be like this, is this living free?

I don't wanna be the one, be the one who has the

Sun's blood on my hands, I'll tell the moon

Take this weapon forged in darkness

Some see a pen, I see a harpoon

[Pre-Chorus]

I'll stay awake 'cause the dark's not taking prisoners tonight

Why am I not scared in the morning?

I don't hear those voices calling

I must have kicked them out, I must have kicked them out

I swear I heard demons yelling

Those crazy words they were spelling

They told me I was gone, they told me I was gone

[Chorus]

But I'll tell 'em, "Why won't you let me go?

Do I threaten all your plans? I'm insignificant"

Please tell 'em, you have no plans for me

I will set my soul on fire, what have I become?

I'll tell 'em

[Verse 2]

On the eve of a day that's forgotten and fake

As the trees, they await, and clouds anticipate

The start of a day when we put on our face

A mask that portrays that we don't need grace

On the eve of a day that is bigger than us

But we open our eyes 'cause we're told that we must

And the trees wave their arms and the clouds try to plead

Desperately yelling, "There's something we need!"

I'm not free, I asked forgiveness three times

Same amount that I denied, I three-time MVP'd this crime

I'm afraid to tell you who I adore, won't tell you who I'm singing towards

Metaphorically, I'm a whore, and that's denial number four

[Pre-Chorus]

I'll stay awake 'cause the dark's not taking prisoners tonight

Why am I not scared in the morning?

I don't hear those voices calling

I must have kicked them out, I must have kicked them out

I swear I heard demons yelling

Those crazy words they were spelling

They told me I was gone, they told me I was gone

[Chorus]

But I'll tell 'em, "Why won't you let me go?

Do I threaten all your plans? I'm insignificant"

Please tell 'em, you have no plans for me

I will set my soul on fire, what have I become?

[Outro]

I'll tell 'em, you have no plans for me, I will set my soul on fire

What have I become? I'll tell 'em, I'll tell 'em, I'll tell 'em

I'll tell 'em, please tell 'em, you have no plans for me

I will set my soul on fire, what have I become? I'm sorry

Lyrics meaning

Lyrics
“Ode to Sleep” seems to represent night and day as both the instrumentation and the lyrics seesaw back and forth between the light and the dark. The verses are riddled with a dark tone full of conflict, similarly to how Tyler describes his nights. The pre-chorus, chorus, and outro all share a light-hearted tone in which Tyler sings about conquering the night and the depression it invokes.

“Ode to Sleep” is Tyler Joseph’s favorite song to perform live, even after releasing Blurryface and touring extensively.

This track was originally featured on Regional At Best in 2011 and was later remastered for Vessel in 2013.

The reason why this is the first song on the album is that I feel like it kind of prepares the listener for the rest of the album, it almost puts them through a boot camp of what to expect… Which is don’t expect anything!

–Tyler Joseph via Rock Sound

The music video was released on New Year’s Eve in 2014. It depicts the band’s rise to fame, starting with their first show and ending with a performance at a venue holding 12,000 fans. [2]

all meanings of the lyrics are taken from the Genius website

Sources

[1] https://www.audio-vault.com/ode-to-sleep-twenty-one-pilots

[2] https://genius.com/Twenty-one-pilots-ode-to-sleep-lyrics

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