Car Radio Chord- Guitar
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By Twenty One Pilots

Key: C

Intro 2x: F  F  G  Am  G 

F
I ponder of something great
   F                           G
My lungs will fill and then deflate
     Am
They fill with fire

Exhale desire
   G
I know it's dire

My time today

F
I have these thoughts
            F
So often I ought

To replace that slot
 G                 Am
With what I once bought

'Cause somebody stole
          G
My car radio
                                F
And now I just sit in silence

F                  G
Sometimes quiet is violent
Am
I find it hard to hide it
    G
My pride is no longer inside
      F
It's on my sleeve

My skin will scream
    F
Reminding me of
         G       Am
Who I killed inside my dream
                      G
I hate this car that I'm driving
                       F
There's no hiding for me
                                  F
I'm forced to deal with what I feel
                         G               Am
There is no distraction to mask what is real
G
I could pull the steering wheel

F
I have these thoughts
            F
So often I ought

To replace that slot
 G                 Am
With what I once bought

'Cause somebody stole
          G
My car radio
                                F
And now I just sit in silence

Break: F  F  G  Am  G (4x)

F
I ponder of something terrifying
F                                    G
'Cause this time there's no sound to hide behind
Am
I find over the course of our human existence
G
One thing consists of consistence
F
And it's that we're all battling fear
     F                                       G
Oh dear, I don't know if we know why we're here
Am
Oh my,

Too deep

Please stop thinking
G
I liked it better when my car had sound

F
There are things we can do
               F                              G
But from the things that work there are only two
     Am
And from the two that we choose to do
G
Peace will win

And fear will lose
         F
There's faith and there's sleep
    F                       G
We need to pick one please because
Am
Faith is to be awake
            G
And to be awake is for us to think
                F
And for us to think is to be alive
            F
And I will try with every rhyme
     G     Am
To come across like I am dying
             G                       F
To let you know you need to try to think

I have these thoughts
            F
So often I ought

To replace that slot
 G                 Am
With what I once bought

'Cause somebody stole
          G
My car radio
                                F
And now I just sit in silence


Break: F  F  G  Am  G (4x)

F
I ponder of something great
   F                           G
My lungs will fill and then deflate
     Am
They fill with fire

Exhale desire
   G
I know it's dire

My time today

F
I have these thoughts
            F
So often I ought

To replace that slot
 G                 Am
With what I once bought

'Cause somebody stole
          G
My car radio
                                F
And now I just sit in silence

[Verse 1]

I ponder of something great

  • However, “great” isn’t necessarily a positive word. It can mean large, or bigger than normal. Tyler is thinking of something big, or deep – the song, as we know, is about deep thoughts. Specifically, the “great thought” could very well be a suicidal thought, as the rest of the verse is inhaling with anger, sighing, then concluding that he knows that his time is necessary. This introductory line may also be his first realization that he’s been using music as a distraction.

My lungs will fill and then deflate

  • The respiratory cycle reflects the constant struggle of disillusionment. The last ounces of aspiration in him (lungs inflate, anticipation) leave him (deflation, disappointment).

They fill with fire, exhale desire

  • This lyric interpolates a poem by Charles Baudelaire titled “La Destruction”:

“At my side the Demon writhes forever

Swimming around me like impalpable air

As I breathe, he burns my lungs like fever

And fills me with an eternal guilty desire.”

  • His lungs fill with passionate words that he ultimately does not give voice to, afraid of the consequences of doing so and what other people will think.

I know it’s dire, my time today

  • As he engages in existential contemplation, he realizes how little time he has to accomplish what he wants in his life, and that he better get started on whatever it is. The impact of the problems he is facing make him think that soon they will become too much to cope with and that he may not live for much longer.

[Chorus]

I have these thoughts so often, I ought

To replace that slot with what I once bought

‘Cause somebody stole my car radio

  • He needs to replace the “stolen car radio” as to find a distraction from his inner demons. His safety is in the music—like so many of us—and when the music is taken away, he is faced with the reality behind it. The silence he endures makes him recognize the problems and missing noise within his own head. The music was drowning out the own music within his head, so in terms, he was forced to face his own music. This also works as a metaphor to compare how Tyler is “missing a piece of himself,” which causes him to have depressing thoughts. He needs to replace that lost feeling in order to avoid depression.

And now I just sit in silence

  • Without his car radio, there’s no distraction available from his own mind. He sits in silence only accompanied by his thoughts and inner demons. This line doesn’t rhyme with what comes prior which subconsciously surprises listeners and, as a result, makes the line more impactful.

[Verse 2]

Sometimes quiet is violent, I find it hard to hide it

  • The absence of the distracting sound means that his mind and imagination can run wild. Thoughts are no longer buried underneath the radio music and he dig them up, unable to hide them.

My pride is no longer inside

It’s on my sleeve, my skin will scream

  • Tyler takes the phrase, to wear your heart on your sleeve, which typically means one’s emotions are easily upset by the outside world and applies it to his pride. While his pride was once instilled deep inside him, he is now feeling much more vulnerable to those situations’ life throws at us.

Reminding me of who I killed inside my dream

  • When he lost his pride, he killed a part of himself. While fantasizing of a world free of pain, most likely that of death, the darker parts of his mind have taken control, leaving him with no secular refuge, no place to hide under. In an earlier track off the album, Tyler again speaks of killing a part of himself: “Sometime to stay alive you gotta kill your mind.”

I hate this car that I’m driving, there’s no hiding for me

I’m forced to deal with what I feel

There is no distraction to mask what is real

I could pull the steering wheel

  • In Tyler’s case, the metaphor is an expression of his discontent with life. As his car is his life, he evokes the feeling of being trapped and pushed to one’s psychological limits. In an interview with Face Culture, Tyler spoke about the meaning of the song.
  • I think to myself: Okay… I should be able to control myself, right? It’s very simple. I look at that lamp, and I know “Okay, when I walk out of this room, I’m not supposed to hit that lamp.” You know, so I stand up and I walk out of the room and I don’t hit that lamp. Why can’t I make decisions like that about everything in my life?

[Chorus]

I have these thoughts so often, I ought

To replace that slot with what I once bought

‘Cause somebody stole my car radio

And now I just sit in silence

[Verse 3]

I ponder of something terrifying

‘Cause this time there’s no sound to hide behind

I find over the course of our human existence

One thing consists of consistence

And it’s that we’re all battling fear

Oh dear, I don’t know if we know why we’re here

Oh my, too deep – please stop thinking

I liked it better when my car had sound

There are things we can do

But from the things that work there are only two

And from the two that we choose to do

Peace will win and fear will lose

And there’s faith and there’s sleep, we

Need to pick one please because

Faith is to be awake

And to be awake is for us to think

And for us to think is to be alive

And I will try with every rhyme

To come across like I am dying

To let you know you need to try to think

  • Previously, he distracted himself with music, which he envisioned as a wall defending his mind. Without the radio, dark and terrifying thoughts reveal themselves, haunting him. If he can’t melt into the music, nothing can interrupt his torment. Suddenly, pessimistic thoughts are at the forefront of his mind. He’s stressing the importance of active thinking. He believes we need to think. Tyler is literally attempting to appear as a martyr to his fans so they may fight the fight he couldn’t.
  • If we refer to a few lines ago: “For us to think is to be alive,” we can infer that Tyler may simply just want us to live on. He believes that we are more likely to live on if we think about life the way he portrays it, and he will try to use songs to put a message across just so he can influence us to stay alive.

[Chorus]

I have these thoughts so often, I ought

To replace that slot with what I once bought

‘Cause somebody stole my car radio

And now I just sit in silence

[Bridge]

And now I just sit in silence

And now I just sit in silence

And now I just sit

And now I just sit in silence

And now I just sit in silence

And now I just sit in silence

And now I just sit

[Verse 1]

I ponder of something great

My lungs will fill and then deflate

They fill with fire

Exhale desire

I know it’s dire

My time today

[Chorus]

I have these thoughts so often, I ought

To replace that slot with what I once bought

‘Cause somebody stole my car radio

And now I just sit in silence

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