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Meaning of The Craving (single version) by Twenty One Pilots

[Meaning of The Craving (single version)]

The Craving (single version) song by Twenty One Pilots present the themes of self-awareness, communication difficulties, and the longing for connection. Here’s the meaning of the song “The Craving (single version)”.

“Mm-hm, mm-hm, mm-hm, mm-hm
Mm-hm, mm-hm, mm-hm”

This repetitive humming sets a contemplative, introspective tone, suggesting the singer is deep in thought or grappling with something internal.


“Seems I get in my own way
The more I think, the less I say
I hope I communicate the craving
Now I see intentions don’t mean much”

The singer acknowledges that overthinking hinders their ability to express themselves. Despite having good intentions, they realize that these alone are insufficient without effective communication.



“Say enough, say enough
Did I let her know, let her know?
If I found my body in chains
I’d lay down and wait
And hope she looks for me (Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh)
And hope she looks for me”

The singer questions whether they’ve adequately conveyed their feelings. The imagery of being in chains represents feeling trapped or immobilized, relying on the other person to take action and show care.


“She just wants to catch a wave
Ride it out to the end of her days
I hope that I can satiate the craving
Now I see a gesture don’t mean much”

The person they care about seeks a carefree, fulfilling life. The singer wishes to fulfill this desire, recognizing again that mere gestures may not suffice to meet deeper needs.


“Say enough, say enough
Did I let her know, let her know?
If I found my body in chains
I’d lay down and wait
And hope she looks for mе
And hope she looks for me
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (Yеah)”.

This repetition emphasizes the singer’s persistent doubt about their ability to communicate and their hope for reciprocation and understanding.



“‘Cause it’s the fear of the unknown
That cripples every step we take
And I just hate to put this on her
But I swear that I will give more than I take away”

The singer admits that fear of the unknown paralyzes them, affecting their actions and decisions. They feel guilty for burdening the other person with their insecurities but promise to contribute positively to the relationship.


“Mm-hm, mm-hm, mm-hm, mm-hm
Mm-hm, mm-hm, mm-hm, the craving
Now I see intentions don’t mean much”

The song concludes with a return to the introspective humming, reinforcing the central theme that good intentions need to be backed by meaningful actions and clear communication.

The Craving (single version) Music Video

The Craving (single version) Song Credits

Singer : Twenty One Pilots
Lyrics : Tyler Joseph
Music : Paul Meany, Tyler Joseph
Label : Fueled By Ramen