I was playing a show in Cincinnati Ohio and uh … just this kind of a barn full of kids and after this show, more than usual, it was kind of an unusual number of kids came up to me and felt inclined to share with me what it is they were going through, you know a lot of their struggles, a lot of their, you know, whether that be depression or suicidal thoughts, a lot of stuff along that … along that vein and I just thought, I was like, ‘Wow, I mean, am I just in a hotbed of kids going through stuff, I mean, is this just kind of just a crazy ratio of everyone struggling with this thing … not too long after that I was in New York and … I saw a magazine that was … this big article about this specific town in New York that also had a lot of kids, you know, high school age, going through a lot of this same stuff and I realized, you know, this isn’t just an isolated event, this is something that there’s a lot of kids through the entire country, even the world, that are struggling with the questions they have, you know, 'What’s the point?’, ‘What’s my purpose?’, ‘Why am I here?’ and when you don’t have the answers to those questions, sometimes it can lead you to do something that you ultimately shouldn’t do… ‘Guns for Hands’ is talking about, I wanna tell you that I know you have the ability to hurt yourself … I feel like a lot of the older generation, when they hear about someone struggling with it, their first reaction is like ‘No you’re not, you’re not struggling with that, don’t think about that, you know, think about something else, you know, you’re just trying to get attention’ … but this song really was trying to say I know you have the ability to hurt yourself, I recognize that, but let’s take that energy and let’s point it at something else, let’s divert that, let’s kind of shift momentum and look at something like art, or something like this music specifically or even point it at me, you know, just point it anywhere but just don’t point it at yourself … that song will always be important to me.
Tyler Joseph