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Ode To Sleep is the first song on the album Vessel. It was recorded in Los Angeles and is produced by Greg Wells. The song was originally recorded for Regional at Best, and was released in 2011, before the album was discontinued following the band's first major label signing. Ode to Sleep also appears on the Migraine (EP) as the third track.

Official Video

On December 31, 2014, Fueled by Ramen uploaded an official video to their YouTube channel. The video was made over three years, following from Joseph and Dun's first show out of Ohio to a small group of 12, through their success and release of Vessel, eventually ending with a performance to 12,000 people over two nights.

Twenty one pilots- Ode To Sleep -OFFICIAL VIDEO-06:26

Twenty one pilots- Ode To Sleep -OFFICIAL VIDEO-

Versions

Ode To Sleep was originally recorded for Regional at Best, but following the band's signing with Fueled by Ramen and subsequent discontinuation of the album, the song was re-recorded and included on the album Vessel.

A live performance of Ode To Sleep at the Newport Music Hall was uploaded to the twenty one pilots' Youtube channel on January 6, 2012. A blog post on the twenty one pilots' website dated July 1, 2012 also shared this performance. This live version also served as a bonus track on the Japan/Korea release of Vessel. Ode To Sleep (Live at Newport Music Hall) was recorded at a show around November 19, 2011.

Twenty one pilots- Ode to Sleep (Live at Newport Music Hall)05:46

Twenty one pilots- Ode to Sleep (Live at Newport Music Hall)

Commentary

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

The first track is called Ode To Sleep and I remember back when I was first trying to name the song, we actually played it live first before it was named, and this is back when we had kind of a small following in our hometown and it was small enough that everyone got to write on a piece of paper and put into a bucket it which name they wanted the song to be named. One was Ode To Sleep, I forget—I honestly forget the other names of the songs, but it was cool because a hometown audience got to name the song. I like putting this song first on the album, because it kinda puts the listener through kind of a song structure boot camp, if you will, when it comes to them being able to anticipate what the rest of the album is. So Ode To Sleep is definitely one that we like to intro with, we open up a lot of our sets with this song and I’m really proud of how weird it is.

Lyrics

I wake up fine and dandy but then by the time I find it handy
To rip my heart apart and start planning my crash landing
I go up, up, up, up, up to the ceiling
Then I feel my soul start leaving, like an old man's hair receding
I'm pleading please, oh please on my knees repeatedly asking
Why it's got to be like this. Is this living free?
I don't want to be the one, be the one who has the sun's blood on my hands
I'll tell the moon, take this weapon forged in darkness
Some see a pen, I see a harpoon.

I'll stay awake
'Cause the dark's not taking prisoners tonight.

Why am I not scared in the morning?
I don't hear those voices calling
I must have kicked them out, I must have kicked them out
I swear I heard demons yelling
Those crazy words they were spelling
They told me I was gone, they told me I was gone.

But I'll tell them
Why won't you let me go?
Do I threaten all your plans?
I'm insignificant.
Please tell them you have no plans for me.
I will set my soul on fire, what have I become?
I'll tell them.

On the eve of a day that's forgotten and fake
And the trees they await and clouds anticipate
The start of a day when we put on our face
A mask that portrays that we don't need grace
On the eve of a day that is bigger than us
But we open our eyes 'cause we're told that we must
And the trees wave their arms and the clouds try to plead
Desperately yelling there's something we need
I'm not free, I asked forgiveness three times
Same amount that I denied, I three-time mvp'ed this crime
I'm afraid to tell you who I adore, won't tell you who I'm singing towards
Metaphorically I'm a whore, and that's denial number four.

I'll stay awake
'Cause the dark's not taking prisoners tonight.

Why am I not scared in the morning?
I don't hear those voices calling
I must have kicked them out, I must have kicked them out
I swear I heard demons yelling
Those crazy words they were spelling
They told me I was gone, they told me I was gone.

But I'll tell them
Why won't you let me go?
Do I threaten all your plans?
I'm insignificant
Please tell them, you have no plans for me
I will set my soul on fire, what have I become?
I'll tell them, you have no plans for me
I will set my soul on fire
What have I become?
I'll tell them
I'll tell them
I'll tell them
I'll tell them

Please tell them, you have no plans for me
I will set my soul on fire, what have I become?
I'm sorry.

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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