This song about the nostalgia for childhood and pressure of adulthood finds Tyler Joseph singing from the point of view of "Blurryface," the album's titular character: My name's Blurryface, and I care what you think Joseph explained to MTV News that "Blurryface" is "a guy that kind of represents all the things that I as an individual - but also everyone around me - am insecure about."
The video sees the Twenty One Pilots pair perform an elaborate secret handshake. Tyler Joseph told Radio.com the story behind it: "When Josh and I first started traveling around in a van and we had to sleep in that van, in parking lots and stuff like that, I remember one of the first times we ever got our own hotel to sleep in instead of sleeping in the van, we shared a room together and we were like, wow, we need to take advantage of this opportunity of us being in the same hotel room for the first time, let's make a secret handshake," he recalled. "So we stayed up to come up with this thing, got really excited and like knocked on the door of the other guys that were on the road with us and we were like, 'Dude, check this out!' So, it's something that we've taught our crew how to do and we think it's funny." "You'd be surprised when you're a traveling two-man show how many times you get to show off your handshake," Joseph added. "So, this video really just had the vibe that it made sense that we put it in there so we did."
Tyler Joseph is the only credited songwriter on this track. According to Billboard magazine, on the October 24, 2015 Hot 100, just two songs were authored by one writer: "Hit the Quan" by iLoveMemphis and this tune. The scarcity of solo-authored songs on the chart is an indication of the trend towards song writing partnerships (samples also being part of the story). In mid-October 2005 solo writers wrote 14 titles on the Hot 100, which itself was part of the downward slide from mid-October 1995 (32 songs), 1985 (41) and 1975 (51).
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