posts that make fun of harry for not taking the easy route of telling adults what’s going on in order to avoid the incoming chaos: 👎🏽🚫🤧🙅🏽♀️❌👀😤
posts that recognize that as a victim of abuse, harry tends not to trust adult figures, is an independent thinker, will always assume that he is unimportant, and will instinctually take action when the few people he loves and feels loved by are in danger: 🙌🏽💖✨👌🏽💕🌈❤️💫💐☀️
Rule one of fandom: there are some things that only exist for us.
Don’t send actors fics
Don’t give them explicit art ever
Don’t tag them in rpf questions or theories
Don’t try to bring them into fandom drama of any kind
Don’t hold them responsible for what the producers and writers decide
They’re still people. They have private lives, which do not include fandom.
I think this is a definitely a publicity thing and it is definitely working (personally I’m not complaining if it is). But if not #thecliqueisgoingtojail am I right?
But let me tell you my interpretation of the song.
- “Oh I know how to levitate up off my feet / And ever since the seventh grade I’ve learned to fire-breathe / And though our feet are things that fail / You can learn to levitate with just a little help / Learn to levitate with just a little help”
So the line talking about fire-breathing is probably about Tyler rapping. There’s a good chance he’s been rapping since 7th grade, since that’s the age he put here, and rapping/singing is the thing that makes him feel good and happy. Falling is a pretty obvious metaphor for being depressed, so levitating would be feeling happy and good, meaning he knows how to make himself feel better when he’s down, and that is usually by rapping or singing for him. But he also adds the little bit saying he isn’t the only one who can learn to levitate, we all can, and that little bit is such a good message, saying that we can all find things that make us happy and feel like we don’t have to be alone.
- “(Come down, come down) / Cowards only come through when the hour’s late and everyone’s asleep, mind you, now / (Show up, show up) / I know I shouldn’t say this but a curse from you is all that I would need right now, man”
I think that “come down, come down” is telling someone to come down from the ledge and stop someone from suicide, and I believe that the “cowards” are the demons and thoughts in our minds which often come through in the night for many people.And it makes sense to call those thoughts cowards when they come through at a time that is hard for people to run from. I’m not sure if maybe a curse is an inside joke or supposed to mean something positive, like a spell which could help, but it’s meant to get him away from those thoughts and that’s why he is asking for it and for the person to “show up” I think.
- “Danger in the fabric of this thing I made / I probably shouldn’t show you, but it’s way too late / My heart is with you, hiding, but my mind’s not made / Now they know what you and me both have for some time, I’d say”
I think this is him realizing the power that his words hold on the people who listen to him and that’s why his music dangerous. If he says something wrong it ruins the image of him and the band that he has given us. There are some things that are personal to him that he feels like maybe he shouldn’t let people know, but he wants to show people that they aren’t alone and he feels the same way they do. This is hard because he has to make himself so vulnerable and he doesn’t know how it’ll be received. What makes it harder is that it isn’t just him fans who are hearing this music, it’s people who don’t understand what we are going through and he’s exposing all of us to them to make them understand how we feel.
- “They’re smirking at first blood / They’re circling above / But this is not enough / Yeah, this is not / What you follow / No, we are not just graffiti on a passing train / I got back what I once bought back in that slot / I won’t need to replace”
First of all, This is obviously being symbolized with the vulture, who seems to be the people trying to tear at his music. They see weakness or anything short of perfection from him and they strike to kill. But it’s not enough just to watch and wait for them to fail, they shoot at them and try to take them down with words. They make them seem like a fad or something that won’t last, but Tyler challenges that when he says they are not “graffiti on a passing train.” They will not be seen as beautiful for a moment only to pass, and these words being thrown at them can’t hurt him anymore, because he bought back the car radio. And this part is honestly beautiful to me, because he references how much these words hurt him when he was sitting in silence, but not he isn’t in silence anymore and he has the encouragement of his friends, family, and fans. He doesn’t need to replace the radio anymore, and he won’t have to again.
- “This culture is a culture of overexposure / Not today, don’t feed me to the vultures / I am a vulture who feeds on pain”
The culture of overexposure is the media and how they follow everything that celebrities do. They follow them to grocery stores, family outings, weddings, even just walking to their car. And Tyler doesn’t want that for himself. He wants to be able to live his life respectfully without the constant watch of the vultures, or media, over his head. The line “I am a vulture who feeds on pain” reminded me a lot of the message in Semi-Automatic. He talks about how messed up he is because he likes to cause pain to others. I think this is supposed to be talking about when he upsets people who care about him because he is unhappy, and he likes the way it feels because it feels like someone cares about him. Maybe I’m just projecting here, but maybe when he’s upset or hurting and he tells someone how he feels, and he sees how much it hurts them to know how he’s feeling, it makes him feel good, and he thinks this is messed up and wrong of him to want people to feel that way, but really it just makes him feel like people care. So he searches out people who care about him and he feeds on the pain they feel for him, making him a vulture as well.
- “Sleep in a bright-lit room / Don’t let the shadow through / And sever all I knew / Yeah sever all I thought”
This is telling us not to let the darkness into our minds and to do whatever you can to get rid of the dark thoughts which plague us, even if that means changing your mindset completely, as he says that he has to do here.
- “I could defend all my weekends on the freezing / Ground that I’m sleeping on, please keep me from / Please keep me / Down from the ledges / Better test it / Wooden wedges under doorways / Keep your wooden wedges under doors”
The freezing ground that he’s sleeping on is supposed to be his depression taking over his brain so that he is frozen, and he uses that as an excuse (a valid one) to not do work or go places when he is supposed to/needs to. He defends himself saying he wasn’t feeling well or isn’t getting enough sleep, for example, when he begins feeling like he’s falling. Keeping him down from ledges is asking people to keep him from suicide. The wooden wedges under doors is maybe so that he doesn’t let the past go and he remembers it, like closing a door is leaving the past behind so keep the door open, and to put “your wooden wedges under doors” is like other people reminding him of his past so that he remembers, but also know there are people doing it to help and look out for him and keep him humble.
- “Chorus, verse, chorus, verse / Now here comes the end / Wait / Habits come to yield the wishes structure compensates / But compensation feels a lot like rising up to dominate by track two / At least they all know all they hear comes from a place”
This is like in Lane Boy when they are telling him how to write music, also referencing when he first started making music and was able to do whatever he wanted and now has to go with what’s mainstream and what people expect music to be. The line “habits come to yield the wishes structure compensates / but compensations feels a lot like rising up to dominate” means that he wants to break the structure of songs and do his own thing, but the only way for people to listen to and like their music is if they compensate and write their music the ‘correct’ way. This is a concept he seems to struggles with a lot, but in the end says he’s glad that the fans at least have something to listen and relate to. (Track two is probably just pointing out that this is the second track.)
Finally, we have them welcoming us to Trench, and into their minds.
Levitate music video
Seems to me like the banditøs were celebrating freeing Tyler from Dema;
Now I’m wondering why Tyler is such a crucial part of the banditøs that they throw a party to celebrate getting Tyler out. Clearly his role within the Banditøs is huge. Possibly him and Josh are the leaders of the Banditøs and they make the music to defeat Dema’s silence?
AND THE Bearded guy in the video that says “welcome to Trench” looked possessed?
He could possibly be a traitor? Leading the bishops to Tyler to ensure he will always return to Dema?
When Tyler is pulled back its clear that the bishop Nico/Blurryface represents mental health (@joshlergalore also made the comparison to mental health in their fab summary of the video) is pulled back but doesn’t fight or struggle he just looks exhausted and lost.
It’s like saying no matter where you are or how many times you break free your mental illness can always come back and reclaim you leaving you isolated and lost.
But why is this the conclusion? It seems like a bleak and hopeless ending?! Though maybe Tyler wanted to keep the ending realistic cause not everyone recovers from their mental illness and never relapses, and based on the lyrics Tyler writes mental illness has always been an on going struggle of him.
But that’s just my take on things after watching it first time and that’s how I’m interpreting it.
That moment where the bishop/blurryface drags tyler away from the campfire and into the cold night is a beautiful depiction of how isolating mental illness can be. To me, it shows how sometimes even though you have a great support system(aka the banditos), depression/mental illness(aka blurryface) can sneak up on you and make you feel alone.