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Semi-Automatic is the sixth song on the album Vessel. It was recorded in Los Angeles and is produced by Greg Wells.

Official Audio

Twenty one pilots- Semi-Automatic (Audio)04:15

Twenty one pilots- Semi-Automatic (Audio)

Commentary

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

This next song, Semi-Automatic, is one of the newer ones on the album, and we haven’t played it live very much, which—it’s hard for me to get really attached to a song without playing it live a bunch. Most of the other songs on the album, we’ve kind of—we’ve formed and kind of developed what that looks like live, and that’s truly who we are. We’re a live band and we love playing live music. So Semi-Automatic is one of those kind of challenging songs where we’re looking forward to trying to make that a part of our repertoire. And, lyrically, it’s a lot of the same themes as the rest of the album. It’s very introspective, and I know I talk about the night time a lot. I feel like I listen to a lot of pop music today that talks about the night in a completely different way than I talk about the night. There’s a lot of writers that talk about the night as in like it’s [an] awesome time, that everyone’s partying or whatever, and usually night time for me is like the worst—that’s when everything comes out for me. That’s when I realize that I don’t really understand why I’m here or what I’m doing and it’s when the doubts happen. So a lot of these songs are kind of showing you the things that I’m thinking at night. So it’s—Semi-Automatic is definitely one of those songs.

Lyrics

Night falls, with gravity
The earth turns, from sanity
Taking my only friend I know
He lives a lie, his name is Hope

I'm never what I like
I'm double-sided
And I just can't hide
I kinda like it
When I make you cry
'Cause I'm twisted up, I'm twisted up, inside

The horrors of the night melt away
Under the warm glow of survival of the day
Then we move on, my shadow grows taller along with my fears
And my friends shrink smaller as night grows near

When the sun is coming, window soothes
And the silver lining rides the hills
I will be saved for one whole day
Until the sun make the hills its grave

I'm never what I like
I'm double-sided
And I just can't hide
I kinda like it
When I make you cry
'Cause I'm twisted up, I'm twisted up, inside

I'm never what I like
I'm double-sided
And I just can't hide
I kinda like it
When I make you cry
'Cause I'm twisted up, I'm twisted up, inside my mind

Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do

I'm semi-automatic
My prayers schizophrenic
But I'll live on, yeah I'll live on, yeah I'll live on

I'm semi-automatic
My prayers schizophrenic
But I'll live on, yeah I'll live on, yeah I'll live on yeah yeah

I'm semi-automatic
My prayers schizophrenic
But I'll live on, yeah I'll live on, yeah I'll live on

I'm semi-automatic
My prayers schizophrenic
But I'll live on, yeah I'll live on, yeah I'll live on

By the time the night wears off, the dust is down
And shadows burn
I will rise and stand my ground
Waiting for the night's return

I'm never what I like
I'm double-sided
And I just can't hide
I kinda like it
When I make you cry
'Cause I'm twisted up, I'm twisted up, inside

I'm never what I like
I'm double-sided
And I just can't hide
I kinda like it
When I make you cry
'Cause I'm twisted up, I'm twisted up, inside my mind

Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do

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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