Focus on the Lyrics Friday: Tear in My Heart

Twenty one pilots recently released the music video for “Tear in My Heart” from their upcoming album Blurryface (available May 19th). And its pretty adorable.


Lyrics

Sometimes you’ve got to bleed to know,
That you’re alive and have a soul,
But it takes someone to come around to show you how.

She’s the tear in my heart, I’m alive,
She’s the tear in my heart, I’m on fire,
She’s the tear in my heart, Take me higher,
Than I’ve ever been.

The songs on the radio are ok,
But my taste in music is your face,
And it takes a song to come around to show you how.

She’s the tear in my heart, I’m alive,
She’s the tear in my heart, I’m on fire,
She’s the tear in my heart, Take me higher,
Than I’ve ever been.

You fell asleep in my car, I drove the whole time,
But that’s ok, I’ll just avoid the holes so you sleep fine,
I’m driving here I sit, cursing my government,
For not using my taxes to fill holes with more cement.

Sometimes you’ve got to bleed to know,
That you’re alive and have a soul,
But it takes someone to come around to show you how.

She’s the tear in my heart, I’m alive,
She’s the tear in my heart, I’m on fire,
She’s the tear in my heart, Take me higher,
Than I’ve ever been.

My heart is my armor,
She’s the tear in my heart, she’s a carver,
She’s a butcher with a smile, cut me farther,
Than I’ve ever been.

Analysis

Basically, this song is about love. The singer declares that sometimes the only thing reminding us we’re alive is how much we hurt and then says his beloved hurts him. In other words, the pain from loving someone constantly reminds him he’s alive.

That may not have made much sense, so let’s go into a line-by-line analysis.

1) “Sometimes you’ve got to bleed to know, / That you’re alive and have a soul, / But it takes someone to come around to show you how.”

The singer says “bleeding” reminds us we’re alive, but someone else needs to “show you how” to bleed. I think “bleeding” means giving part of yourself away. Love requires a bit of sacrifice; its like trusting someone else with your heart.

2) “She’s the tear in my heart, I’m alive, / She’s the tear in my heart, I’m on fire, / She’s the tear in my heart, Take me higher, / Than I’ve ever been.”

The “she” is the “someone” who showed him “how” mentioned in the previous line. She’s the one he loves; she’s the one he bleeds for; she’s the one who constantly reminds him he’s alive. She’s the “tear in [his] heart.” Not only does she make him feel alive, she makes him feel “on fire” and desire something “higher / than [he’s] ever been.” Fire often refers to pain or–er–passion and “higher” refers to an elevated or better state of being.

3) “The songs on the radio are ok, / But my taste in music is your face, / And it takes a song to come around to show you how.”

These lines are just super cute. He’s saying her face is a song–his favorite type of song. Don’t think about it too hard; just trust me, it’s cute. He also says it “takes a song to come around and show you how,” paralleling the previous lines where it takes “someone…to show you how.” He’s already compared her face to a song, so clearly she’s also the song it takes to “show you how.”

4) “You fell asleep in my car, I drove the whole time, / But that’s ok, I’ll just avoid the holes so you sleep fine, / I’m driving here I sit, cursing my government, / For not using my taxes to fill holes with more cement.”

Again, these lines are adorable. The “holes” he avoids are, quite simply, pot holes. I don’t have much to analyze here, I just think the words are cute enough to merit a second look.

5) “My heart is my armor, / She’s the tear in my heart, she’s a carver, / She’s a butcher with a smile, cut me farther, / Than I’ve ever been.”

His heart is his protection, or “armor;” he’s secure enough in what he thinks that other people who disagree and argue against him don’t hurt him at all. This woman, though, is the “tear” in his armor. What she says can hurt him. She’s a “carver” and a “butcher,” constantly taking more of his love and reminding him he’s alive and able to hurt him in a way others can’t. She “cuts” him “farther than [he’s] ever been,” or makes him feel more alive than he’s ever felt before.

This is one of twenty one pilots’ happier, simpler songs. Most of their lyrics are deeper and darker. I highly encourage you to check out their channel on youtube, especially if you enjoyed this song.

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