Twenty One Pilots Premier “Heathens” Track (Lyrics Review)

twenty one pilots heathens lyrics review

The key to success in the music industry is to earn yourself a big hit and then follow up with another hit and another. “Heathens” maybe an attempt to follow up their massively successful hit single “Stressed Out” from ‘Blurryfaces’ album. The song peaked at number 2 on Billboard Hot 100 chart and currently at 21st rank after 38 weeks on the same chart. The major breakthrough Twenty One Pilots had it to be followed with the latest release/leak, “Heathens.”

Twenty One Pilots themselves have not mentioned about the release, hence the speculation that it might be a leak. However, take a listen to “Heathens” below.

And the best part is “Heathens” is supposed to feature on the soundtrack of Suicide Squad movie. Above is not an official music video, but it’s pretty awesome ’cause Harley Quinn AKA Margot Robbie.

Unlike “Stressed Out”, the new “Heathens” is a more darker and haunting track. However, their unique style is still present in the song.

Lyrics Review of “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots

All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don’t make any sudden moves
You don’t know the half of the abused-//

‘Heathens’ are defined as a set of people who don’t belong into a specific religion or group or category. Basically, they are outsiders. They are not bound by any popular cultural norms.

In “Heathens” track by Twenty One Pilots, ‘friends’ is a reference to their fans. The song is meant to be addressing the large inflow of new fans due to the newfound popularity by the band.

The singers are saying that their fans are like non other fans out there. They are unique and not bound by idol-ism. Twenty One Pilots have their own style of music. They are not following anyone. Maybe their fans are the same.

Verse 1 gives more insight into the context of “Heathens,”

Welcome to the room of people
Who have rooms of people that they loved one day

The band is welcoming the new fans to the ‘room’ meaning their fan-base. Their fans haveĀ other artists whom they love. That’s not an issue though. The singer is speaking in past tense when he says the above. Could he be meaning that once the fans enter the Twenty One Pilot fan base, they tend to leave other ‘rooms’?

Docked away
Just because we check the guns at the door
Doesn’t mean our brains will change from hand grenades

There’s no violence inside this fan base. ‘No guns allowed’ inside this room. But that really can’t stop a destructive mind. But we should all try to dock them away.

Watch “Stressed Out” Music Video

You’ll never know the psychopath sitting next to you
You’ll never know the murderer sitting next to you

There are a variety of people joining the fan base. You never know who they are until they really unmask themselves. Rest in peace Christina Grimmie šŸ™

You’ll think how’d I get here sitting next to you?
But after all I’ve said, please don’t forget

Twenty One Pilots rocketed into fame with their latest album. It was a surprise to us all, but they have made a name for themselves in music now. So now we wonder how they got to sit beside other big stars. They could tell the story, of how they were made, but you have to keep it all in mind.

After the chorus of “Heathens”, the second verse kicks in,

We don’t deal with outsiders very well
They say newcomers have a certain smell
You have trust issues, not to mention
They say they can smell your intentions

So the room full of fans became “we” now. I don’t know if they can be called heathen at this point. Because they are in a closely knit group of people with common interests. Well, whichever the case may be, they do not get along with other fans very well-this is not about violence-but more about not sharing the same tastes.

You’ll never know the freakshow sitting next to you
You’ll have some weird people sitting next to you
You’ll think “How’d I get here, sitting next to you”
But after all I’ve said, please don’t forget
(Watch it, watch it)

This bit is pretty much a rebirth of the same ideas from the first verse.

The outro of “Heathens” has a clear message to the fans;

Why’d you come, you knew you should have stayed
(It’s blasphemy)
I tried to warn you just to stay away
And now they’re outside ready to bust
It looks like you might be one of us

Twenty One Pilots is questioning the fans, why’d you come into this room? They should have known that this room consists of outcasts-people who don’t belong anywhere.

Blasphemy means “the action or offence of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things..”

The singers warned the fans not to come in the room, but they are here, and they are ready to bust in. And if that is the case, they might as well be of the same inclinations.

When “Heathens” is finished, I wonder if the title of the song has contrasted with what the song actually means. I mean, a group of people not belonging any ‘group’ has now got together?

However, heathens could be filtered to mean a group of people with no specific religious belief. In that sense (if Twenty One Pilots are pagans) the song makes perfect sense.

What is your two cents on “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots? Leave your comment below.

  • Well, it could have been made for money. But I do appreciate the effort they have put into give some meaning to the lyrics. Hip hop has gone to hell, and it’s good to see artist at least make an effort.

  • mike conrad

    I think this song was made for money for the sole use in the movie suicide squad. This isn’t the top I loved to listen to and it doesn’t feel the same anymore. I wonder how many off album money grabbing songs they will continue to make from here.