New! Read & write lyrics explanations
  • Click the blue-colored lyrics to read explanations.
  • Highlight lyrics and explain them to earn Karma points.

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

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


Sometimes quiet is violent
I find it hard to hide it
My pride is no longer inside
It's on my sleeve
My skin will scream
Reminding me of
Who I killed inside my dream
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

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

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
There's faith and there's sleep
We need to pick on 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 a
And I will try with every rhyme
To come across like I am dying
To let you know you need to try to think

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


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

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



Lyrics taken from http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/twenty_one_pilots/car_radio.html

Correct | Due to the difficulties with automatic merging of existing explanations and users' corrections we've disabled this function for a while. If you've found any mistake, use "Report" form. Sorry for the inconvience. Report

Please input the reason why these lyrics are bad:

songmeaningsPost my meaning

  • c
    +5
    crimson24Nov 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm
    This is the anthem of my life... When i have an idle mind, it goes to places it shouldnt and "i could pull the steering wheel" (aka kill myself). Music is a good way to keep your mind active if it's good music and who listens to crap music anyway? So i try to keep myself busy (my car radio) so that my mind doesnt fly away (sitting in silence) and i commit (pull the steering wheel). Also "it's on my sleeve my skin will scream" to me that's like cutting, i "kill butterflies" (self harmers know what im talking about) & it's hard to hide everything. We need a safe place. And god is my safe place
  • U
    +2
    UnregisteredDec 15, 2013 at 9:03 am
    Silence is literally killing him, just as it does to all of us. When we are alone with our thoughts only, we question everything we have ever done up until that point in life. We remember only the wrong, thinking about why we did what we did and how we could have reacted and changed the outcome. He is literally fighting the urge to kill himself and release himself from all the pains of his own mind, just as we all think when we are alone, in total silence with nothing but our thoughts to "comfort" us.
  • U
    +1
    UnregisteredOct 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm
    I think the song is self explanatory for a good part of it. This literally happened to me. Someone actually stole my car radio out of my 1981 Ford and I'd have to drive 30miles to work and back in complete silence. It was pure torture for someone like me whose brain just won't calm down. I think this is what this song is about; using music as a pseudo-distraction. The brain is a scary place to be so deep in and I'm always there; I think he's always there. Mapping out the release of death, breathing in life, knowing that you've killed yourself a million times. "I could pull the steering wheel..." I've said this to myself on awful days. If I didn't care so much I could crash my car and all the torture and knowing would be done.
  • U
    UnregisteredJun 28, 2014 at 6:41 pm
    I'm the same except It's not a car radio It's my phone or my ipod wherever I go I always take my earbuds and my phone and ipod my mom and dad sometimes doesn't like it when I have my earbuds in It's the one of the things that kinda calms me down my dad sometimes makes go into the store without my earbuds we where in there one time and my mind started to wonder then I kinda started freaking out but I started singing and humming quietly to myself to calm me down whenever my phone dies and I forget my ipod sometimes I start to freak out again thinking about stuff I shouldn't think about.
  • U
    UnregisteredJun 12, 2014 at 3:55 am
    I feel like this song is explaining how important music is for people. I know for me personally music is a release. For when I get sad or angry and It's always there no matter what. With the car radio being stolen, there's no longer any release. Nothing to listen to, just your own thoughts and reflections on actions. Without music I personally would drive myself insane, I wouldn't know what to do with myself, and I would only hate myself more and more every day that I sat. I just feel like this song is special to me because it expresses how I feel about music and It's importance in my life and how detrimental silence is on people, including me, because that release is gone.

    Write about your feelings and thoughts

    Know what this song is about? Does it mean anything special hidden between the lines to you? Share your meaning with community, make it interesting and valuable. Make sure you've read our simple tips.
    U
    Unregistered
    Min 50 words
    Not bad
    Good
    Awesome!
    Explain

    Write an explanation

    Your explanation
    Add image by pasting the URLBoldItalicLink
    10 words
    Good
    Cool
    Awesome!
    Explanation guidelines:
    • Describe what artist is trying to say in a certain line, whether it's personal feelings, strong statement or something else.
    • Provide song facts, names, places and other worthy info that may give readers a perfect insight on the song's meaning.
    • Add links, pictures and videos to make your explanation more appealing. Provide quotes to support the facts you mention.
    Before you get started, be sure to check out these explanations created by our users: good, very good, great.
    ×