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Chlorine

​twenty one pilots

Chlorine Lyrics

[Intro]
So, where are ya? It's been a little while

[Chorus]
Sippin' on straight chlorine
Let the vibe slide over me

This beat is a chemical, beat is a chemical
When I leave, don't save my seat
I'll be back when it's all complete

The moment is medical, moment is medical
Sippin' on straight chlorine

[Verse 1]
Lovin' what I'm tastin', woah
Venom on my tongue, dependent at times
Poisonous vibrations, woah
Help my body run

[Refrain]
I'm runnin' for my life
Runnin' for my life


[Chorus]
Sippin' on straight chlorine
Let the vibe slide over me

This beat is a chemical, beat is a chemical
When I leave, don't save my seat
I'll be back when it's all complete
The moment is medical, moment is medical
Sippin' on straight chlorine

[Verse 2]
Fall out of formation, woah
I plan my escape from walls they confined
Rebel red carnation, woa-a-oh
Grows while I decay


[Refrain]
I'm runnin' for my life
Runnin' for my life
Yeah, I'm runnin' for my life
Runnin' for my life

[Verse 3]
Hide you in my coat pocket, where I kept my rebel red
I felt I was invincible, you wrapped around my head

Now different lives I lead, my body lives on lead
The last two lines may read incorrect until said

The lead is terrible in flavor
But now you double as a paper maker
I despise you sometimes, I love to hate the fight
And you in my life is like


[Chorus]
Sippin' on straight chlorine
Let the vibe slide over me

This beat is a chemical, beat is a chemical
When I leave, don't save my seat
I'll be back when it's all complete
The moment is medical, moment is medical
Sippin' on straight chlorine

[Interlude]
Let the vibe, let the vibe
Let the vibe, let the vibe
Beat is a chemical, yeah
Let the vibe, let the vibe
Let the vibe, let the vibe
Moment is medical, yeah
Sippin' on straight chlorine
Let the vibe, let the vibe
Let the vibe, let the vibe
Beat is a chemical, yeah
Let the vibe, let the vibe
Let the vibe, let the vibe
Moment is medical, yeah

[Outro]
I'm so sorry I forgot you
Let me catch you up to speed
I've been tested like the end of
A weathered flag that's by the sea

Can you build my house with pieces?
I'm just a chemical
Can you build my house with pieces?
I'm just a chemical
Can you build my house with pieces?
I'm just a chemical
Can you build my house with pieces?
I'm just a chemical

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About “Chlorine”

“Chlorine” is a track about the cleansing power that music has on the narrator. Chlorine, while being a deadly chemical, is used to eliminate unwanted substances. As stated in the lyrics, the chemical is compared to a “vibe” or “beat.” While the chlorine has poisonous properties and could potentially cause harm, the narrator just can’t get enough.

A similar idea can be seen in an earlier song when Tyler says,

You gotta bleed to know
That you’re alive and have a soul

  • whose voice is is that we hear during the intro?

    It is most likely Tyler’s voice, put under distortion as he did in “Stressed Out.”

  • What is the chlorine supposed to represent?

    The chlorine can be interpreted as quite literal or metaphorical in this song.

    It could be literal, as in Tyler is drinking chlorine out of insanity or self-harm.

    Or, more-likely, it could be metaphorical. Tyler is drinkling chlorine to purify himself from his dark interior. He doesn’t like his thoughts, so he tries to rid himself of them.

  • but he says the lead is horrible in flavor so how could it purify him?

    Lead and chlorine are two different substances.

    Lead is a metal, and chlorine is a purifying chemical.

"Chlorine" Track Info