Meaning of “Chlorine” by Twenty One Pilots
“Chlorine” is the title of a 2018 track by the American musical duo Twenty One Pilots. It is a fact that drinking chlorine can be a very dangerous thing to do. However, from the lyrics, the narrator thinks doing so is a good idea. Why? He’s trapped in the fictional walled city of Dema and probably sees it as the only way to escape.
Is “Chlorine” about suicide?
After analyzing the lyrics of the song, some analysts conclude that the track is about taking one’s own life. According to them, two things support this dark conclusion. Firstly, the narrator finds himself trapped in an evil city from which escape is impossible. Secondly, he drinks the toxic substance in question and actually enjoys its taste. Based on these, many believe the lyrics are loaded with evidence enough to support their claims they deal with the issue of attempted suicide.
That said, it is important to take note of the fact that not everyone agree that the song has suicide as its theme. For example, some also argue that it could be about drugs. The chlorine could actually refer to a drug which makes the narrator feel good despite finding himself trapped in the depressing and evil city. In their argument, they cite lyrics such as the following:
In this verse, the narrator is basically saying two things. He loves the taste of the chlorine. He is also talking about how its poisonous vibrations help his body run. Simply put, the substance helps him in his escape from Dema.
Facts about “Chlorine”
- Tyler Joseph (lead singer of Twenty One Pilots) co-wrote this track with American singer Paul Meany. Meany is best known for being the lead singer of the indie band Mutemath.
- Both writers (Meany and Tyler) produced the song together.
- The song was released on October 5, 2018. It is the 5th song from the duo’s fifth studio album Trench.
Did Twenty One Pilots make a music video for “Chlorine”?
Yes, they did. The video was made available online on January 22, 2019. The clip can be viewed below: