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Migraine is the third song on the album Vessel. It was recorded in Los Angeles and is produced by Greg Wells. Migraine was also released in the UK as an EP on June 14, 2013, and served as the first track.

Official Video

The music video for Migraine was released on Fueled by Ramen's Youtube channel on May 22, 2013. Due to Migraine's EP release being a UK exclusive, the video was also a UK exclusive.

Versions

A live performance of Migraine at the LC Pavilion was included in the UK exclusive EP. Migraine (Live at LC Pavilion) was recorded at a show on October 19, 2012.

Commentary

Following the release of Vessel, Spotify shared an exclusive commentary by Tyler Joseph for each track on the standard edition.

This next song is called Migraine and it’s probably some of my favourite verses. The content is something that I worked very hard on. When it came to the lyrical side of it everything kind of came together. I got the idea from—I actually did have a headache the day that I was writing it for sure, but then that wasn’t really the point, you know, I was trying to make that a metaphoric thing, where there’s a lot going on in his head…and what’s really cool is that this is one of those songs that as a songwriter, I like to kind of just emit some sort of message, almost like a ripple in the water and when I feel that ripple bounce off of someone else who resonates with what it is I’m going through and it starts coming back at me it’s just a really cool feeling of you know, I’m not alone in what I’m going through. So Migraine is one those, kind of, almost a distress call type of song lyrically—and then it’s [got a] pretty dirty beat too.

Lyrics

Am I the only one I know
Waging my wars behind my face and above my throat
Shadows will scream that I'm alone

I-I-I I've got a migraine
And my pain will range from up, down, and sideways
Thank God it's Friday cause Fridays will always be better than Sundays
'Cause Sundays are my suicide days

I don't know why they always seem so dismal
Thunderstorms, clouds, snow and a slight drizzle
Whether it's the weather or the letters by my bed
Sometimes death seems better than the migraine in my head
Let it be said what the headache represents
It's me defending in suspense
It's me suspended in a defenseless test
Being tested by a ruthless examinant
That's represented best by my depressing thoughts
I do not have writer's block my writer just hates the clock
It will not let me sleep I guess I'll sleep when I'm dead
And sometimes death seems better than the migraine in my head

Am I the only one I know
Waging my wars behind my face and above my throat
Shadows will scream that I'm alone
But I know, we've made it this far, kid

Yeah yeah yeah

I am not as fine as I seem
Pardon, me for yelling and telling you green gardens
Are not what's growing in my psyche, it's a different me
A difficult beast feasting on burnt down trees
Freeze frame, please let me paint a mental picture portrait
Something you won't forget, it's all about my forehead
And how it is a door that hold's back contents
That makes Pandora's box contents look non-violent
Behind my eyelids are islands of violence
My mind ship-wrecked this is the only land my mind could find
I did not know it was such a violent island
Full of tidal waves, suicidal crazed lions
They're trying to eat me, blood running down their chin
And I know that I can fight, or I can let the lion win
I begin to assemble what weapons I can find
'Cause sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind

Am I the only one I know
Waging my wars behind my face and above my throat
Shadows will scream that I'm alone
But I know, we've made it this far, kid

And I will say that we should take a day to break away
From all the pain our brain has made, the game is not played alone
And I will say that we should take a moment and hold it
And keep it frozen and know that life has a hopeful undertone

And I will say that we should take a day to break away
From all the pain our brain has made, the game is not played alone
And I will say that we should take a moment and hold it
And keep it frozen and know that life has a hopeful undertone

Am I the only one I know
Waging my wars behind my face and above my throat
Shadows will scream that I'm alone
But I know, we've made it this far, kid

Made it this far
Made it this f...

Credits

Writers and producers Tyler Joseph and Greg Wells
Recorded by Ian MacGregor at Rocket Carousel Studio Los Angeles, CA Us
Programming Tyler Joseph and Greg Wells
Piano, keys and ukulele Tyler Joseph
Drums and auxiliary percussion Josh Dun
Vocals Tyler Joseph
Additional synths and keyboards Greg Wells
Mixed by Greg Wells at Rocket Carousel Studio Los Angeles, CA Us
Mastered by Howie Weinberg & Dan Gerbarg at Howie Weinberg Mastering, Los Angeles, CAUs
Published by
  • Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI) / Fueled By Music (BMI) / Stryker Joseph Music (BMI)
  • All rights on behalf of itself and Stryker Joseph Music
  • Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp
Twenty One Pilots
About Twenty One PilotsTyler JosephJosh Dun
Albums Twenty One Pilots (album)Regional at BestVesselBlurryface
EPs Three Songs (EP)Migraine (EP)Holding On To You (EP)Quiet Is Violent (EP)The LC LPDouble Sided
Singles Holding On To YouGuns for HandsHouse of GoldCar RadioFairly LocalTear In My HeartStressed OutLane BoyRideHeathensHeavydirtysoul
Tours Mostly November TourBlurryface World TourEmotional Roadshow World Tour

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