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Twenty One Pilots - Morph


[Verse 1]
Can't stop thinking about if and when I die
For now I see that "if" and "when" are truly different cries
For "if" is purely panic and "when" is solemn sorrow
And one invades today while the other spies tomorrow
We're surrounded and we're hounded
There's no above, or under, or around it
For "above" is blind belief and "under" is sword to sleeve
And "around" is scientific miracle, let's pick "above" and see
For if and when we go above, the question still remains
Are we still in love and is it possible we feel the same?
And that's when goin' under starts to take my wonder
But until that time, I'll try to sing this

If I keep moving, they won't know
I'll morph to someone else
What they throw at me's too slow
I'll morph to someone else
I'm just a ghost
I'll morph to someone else
A defense mechanism mode

“Morph” is a fast-paced track, mentioning changing into someone you’re not and the idea of what happens after death. Tyler’s ‘morphing’ refers to the various characters and personas that he has used during his career: Blurryface, a vulture, a prisoner, etc. He describes morphing as ‘a defense mechanism mode’ or shield for the deeper existential themes of the song and twenty øne piløts as a whole. The song lyrics were released when an Australian fan bought the CD from a small music store, which had released the album prematurely. She then posted photos of the album booklet days before the album’s release. "Does this still have anything to do with Dema or Clancy?" Yes, I think that you will find that about every song on "Trench". Verse 2 mentions both Nico and that fact that Dema is ‘surrounded’ by walls as in the image below and the “Nico and the Niners” music video. "What is Tyler trying to morph into?" In his mind, Tyler sees himself as various characters, i.e., Blurryface. Since he feels like all these other things, he doesn’t feel like himself. He feels like he’ll morph into someone he isn’t, hinting at an identity crisis.

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