Slowtown

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Slowtown
Song by Twenty One Pilots from the album Regional at Best
ReleasedJuly 8, 2011
FormatDigital
Length4:57
Tempo105
KeyG
Live debutMay 1 2010
Last playedMay 16 2012
Live count23
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)

Slowtown is the 4th track on the album, Regional at Best

Background

"Slowtown" by twenty one pilots explores the desire to escape the fast-paced, hectic aspects of life and reconnect with a simpler, slower existence. The song reflects on the nostalgia of childhood and the carefree nature that often accompanies it.

In the verses, the lyrics express a longing for a different pace of life, where the narrator can fully embrace a slower, more relaxed environment. The mention of "laying down" and waking up in Slowtown symbolizes a desire to escape the pressures and responsibilities of the present and find solace in a place where time moves at a gentle, leisurely pace.

The chorus highlights the need for grounding and stability to prevent feeling overwhelmed. The act of putting on socks becomes symbolic of creating a barrier between the soul and the challenges of the world. The line "And I walk through my door just so I don't fall through the floor" suggests that the narrator uses their home as a safe space to regain balance and stability amidst the turmoil.

The second verse touches on the nostalgia of childhood, specifically recalling the innocence and daring spirit of youth. The reference to riding bikes, placing cards in the spokes, and mimicking traffic sounds illustrates a time of imaginative playfulness. However, the juxtaposition becomes apparent as the narrator states that they no longer engage in these activities and have lost touch with their own sense of wonder and joy.

The bridge cries out for salvation from the fast-paced world, emphasizing the urgency of the desire for a slower, more meaningful existence. The repetition of "We're going too fast, fast, save us now" reflects the desperation and plea for rescue from the overwhelming rush of life.

Overall, "Slowtown" by twenty one pilots conveys a longing for a return to simplicity, a yearning to escape the complexities and speed of the modern world, and a reflection on the loss of innocence and childlike wonder. The song encourages listeners to evaluate their own lives and find ways to reconnect with a slower, more meaningful existence. [1]

Versions

Studio

Title Releas Length Recorded Released Notes
Slowtown Regional at Best 4:57 2010-2011 8 July 2011

Live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwNgVMEp7oE&t=3s

Lyrics

Lyrics

Album version
[Verse 1]

Hey, hey

Wouldn't it be great, great

If we could just lay down

And wake up in Slowtown?

Today-day

I wanna go away-way

'Cause things are too fast now

I wanna be in Slowtown

[Chorus]

I put my socks on my feet

Just so that my soul won't fall through my toes

And I walk through my door

Just so I don't fall through the floor

[Verse 2]

I remember when my brother and other kids from neighboring houses

Would get together, I'd ride my bike and my brother would ride his

Put cards in our spokes and make our engines sound like traffic

When using Pokémon cards, please do not use the holographics

So bold and fearless in the risks we'd take

Laugh in the face of gravity as its laws we'd break

On trampolines so high, we'd reach for the sky

But I do not look up anymore, uh, and I don't know why

[Chorus]

I put my socks on my feet

Just so that my soul won't fall through my toes

And I walk through my door

Just so I don't fall through the floor

[Segue]

Slow, slow

Slow, slow

Slow, slow

Slow, slow

[Bridge]

We're going too fast, fast, save us

We're going too fast, fast, save us

We're going too fast, fast, save us now

We're going too fast, fast, save us

We're going too fast, fast, save us

We're going too fast, fast, save us now

We're going too fast, fast, save us

We're going too fast, fast, save us

We're going too fast, fast, save us now

[Chorus]

I walk through my door

(We're going too fast, fast, save us)

Just so I don't fall through the floor

(We're going too fast, fast, save us

We're going too fast, fast, save us now)

[Outro]

Hey, hey

Wouldn't it be great, great

If we could just lay down

And wake up in Slowtown?

Just singin'

Lyrics meaning

Lyrics
‘Slowtown’ is the 4th track off the duo’s sophomore album, Regional at Best,. The song is one of the four tracks that were not featured on the remastering project known as Vessel. That said, the song’s ideas and main concept were re-worked into one of the band’s biggest hits and best-selling singles, “Stressed Out”.

“Slowtown” tackles Tyler’s uneasiness concerning the consistent, constant march of time itself. This discomfort is expressed as a conduit of stress and anxiety, which society at large copes with through steady routine. A regimen that ultimately bores Tyler, causing a longing in him to revert to his youth; a time without strict routine. [2]

all meanings of the lyrics are taken from the Genius website

Sources

[1] https://www.songtell.com/twenty-one-pilots/slowtown

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

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