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Song Released: 2016

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All my friends are heathens take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don't make any sudden moves
You don't know the half of the abuse

All my friends are heathens take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know


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    Aug 6th, 2017 8:06pm report

    I think the song is about how you can still be friends with someone even if they've done bad things in the past. He's saying that all his friends are heathens, meaning that they're dangerous and will not hesitate to hurt you, but if you take it slow, you can become friends with them and you'll realize that they're still good people. You shouldn't judge them for what they've done because you don't know the half of the abuse that they've been through that made them that way.


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    Sep 11th, 2016 9:02pm report

    Heathens is a term for a bad person, like a criminal, or bully or someone like that. So it is basically talking about the person being friends with a bad person, and saying you can never know the true personality of your true friends. They could look nice, when they in fact could be murderers. And I you hang with the bad people, not after long, you too, will be a heathen.


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    Jul 30th, 7:50am report

    I first heard this song when i was in prison and it felt like it was describing the exact situation i was in. When you first get to a prison you wait for the ones who have been there to approach you the first things they ask is who you know. Basically friends is referring to the other inmates your locked away with, whether they be murderers or psychopaths. Just because we check our guns at the door doesnt mean our minds will change from hand grenades. Means the street mentality is still very real.


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    May 5th, 2018 5:53pm report

    This song has a deeper meaning than just "criminals" and "bad influences" it's about him looking out for his friends who have been mistreated their whole lives. They have been abused, and he's trying to help them veer away from their "criminal actions", and is trying to help them have a better life.


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    Apr 14th, 2018 4:52pm report

    This song is just another meaningless pop song that some "artists" sold out to the music industry in order to sing and become famous and well paid for. It was written to be catchy to the average person with no understanding of music composition, lyrics, or anything that makes music worth listening to. Being unaware of this ignorance, they suck up any top 40's pop song with a basic beat, basic melody, and very basic lyrics. On par with Imagine Dragons and Hozier, nothing special, just catchy enough to be enjoyable to people with an IQ of 100 and lower.

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    Apr 11th, 2018 4:18am report

    I believe it is more to do h how we judge people by their cover therefore when we eventually attempt to speak to them, they are weary hence the 'take it slow'. Due to their odd appearence they are subjected to abuse too hence the 'you don't know half of the abuse' so you have to slowly gain their trust as they are viewed as outsiders by society. Yet, eventually, it turns out that you and them are similar so you become friends. To conclude, I believe Heathens warns against prejudice towards other people and promotes getting to know people. However, these odd people may be bad people still and can be heavily influencial to your mental stability.


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    Dec 9th, 2017 12:33am report

    I believe it describes the rooms and fellowship of 12 step programs.


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    Sep 27th, 2017 9:13am report

    It is basically about how his friends are heathens and he's warning someone to be careful of what they say and do around them.


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    Sep 26th, 2017 9:55pm report

    I just Brainstormed my best ideas an this is what I came up with:
    (I skip the chorus after the being cause you don't want me repeating myself.Sorry:C)

    "All my friends are Heathens,take it slow."-Meaning the Heathens are the long time fans of Twenty One Pilots."Wait For them to ask you who you know." -Meaning People online asking what songs other people know."Please don't make any sudden moves."-Meaning don't randomly say your a fan after listening to one song."You don't know the half of the abuse..." -Meaning the internet is a dangerous place,so try not to Piss anyone off (Please excuse my language)"Welcome to the room of people who have rooms of people that they loved one day,Docked away."-Meaning people criticizing they're friends and family."Just because we Check the guns at the doors doesn't mean our Brains will change,from hand grenades."-Meaning for the new fans telling the experts to back off."You'll never know the Psychopath sitting next to you,You'll never know the murderer,sitting next to you."-Like I said before,the long time fans are the Heathens(Do psychopaths and murderers count as Heathens?)"You think, 'how'd I get here?',sitting next to you."-Meaning a new fan was at a concert,Not knowing the song,But knowing it was Twenty one pilots." We Don't deal with outsiders very well."-Meaning you better make sure you're ready to commit,but if you aren't, you're in the wrong place."They say newcomers have a certain smell."-Long time fans won't like new fans unless they know a lot for a starter."Yeah,Trust issues,Not to mention."-There is no way in hell they'd immediately trust you."They say they can smell your intentions."-Repeat of my last definition."You'll never know the Freakshow sitting next to you,you'll have some weird people sitting next to you."-[Cough,cough] Heathens..."You think 'How did I get here?'Sitting next to you."-Okay,imma stop repeating stuff now."Why'd you come,you knew you should have stayed." Don't say I didn't warn you."I tried to warn you just to stay away."-Have it your way."And now they're outside ready to bust." Everyone outside is ready for the concert."It looks like You might be one of us..." -Maybe you are a true fan...

    Thank you reader,And if you disagree with me,that's alright.We're all different.

    Moral of the story:The internet is a rough place,so don't try to make yourself look cool,if there's evidence you aren't cool in the certain way you claim.

    Word of advice:Don't just listen to the three most popular.(Ride,Stressed out, and Heathens)That'll trigger everyone.


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    Sep 10th, 2017 9:17am report

    When you are a heathen, it's not necessarily about religion. It's more about a faith we believe in. If somebody offers us a faith, we are bound by it, if you are your own faith, you are a heathen. You have your own beliefs this no boundaries. Say a bit narcissistic or to some extent. The kind of damage you can do will have no moral boundaries, and a result are void any emotion. Actions can be a bit gruesome when tempted. If not void of emotions, mental problems such as depression or an OCD

    The song tells such people to keep low key, and tells others not be careful around such and not push their minds to the limit.


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    Jul 16th, 2017 7:57pm report

    This song is about going to jail and that everyone in there is a heathen, meaning, doesn't know God and how they could smell someone new, how you'll never know who is sitting next to, (murderers psycho paths etc) youll wonder hoe you got there etc.


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    Jul 15th, 2017 7:01pm report

    I think it means... Someone is trying to convince another person not to join their gang either on the streets or in prison.. "I tried to warn you just to stay away. It looks like you might be one of us." I don't know that's how interpreted it


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    May 6th, 2017 5:58pm report

    I think that this song is about how having bad friends can kind of mess you up . Trust me I know from personal experience that having friends who just care about being bad can mess up your mental state . Even though you still care about them because their your friends . It also is really bad when their doing stuff to hurt you .


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    Apr 8th, 2017 4:36am report

    This song was made as a soundtrack for the movie 'suicide squad'.

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    Feb 10th, 2017 2:11pm report

    I herd it was a type of worship to the devil and you don't know the 1/2 of the abuse means the singer was abused by his mom a lot and his father watched and laughed and his mom was a meth and drug alcoholic. but his friends also concededly abuse him and if his mom or dad saw bad grades they chain him up and abuse him

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    Dec 7th, 2016 12:14pm report

    He likes to die

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