Twenty One Pilots – House Of Gold (Track Of The Day, 14th May)

It’s Mother’s Day here in Australia today; a day for celebrating the amazing women that gave us life and raised us. We’re continuing the theme by having the Twenty One Pilots song “House Of Gold” as our Track Of The Day.

“House Of Gold” comes from the 2013 album Vessel. Sitting at track four, “House Of Gold” is a sweet ukulele-focused track. And like many other happy/sweet-sounding Twenty One Pilots songs, its not all sunshiney.

“House Of Gold” was written by Tyler Joseph about his mother, seeming like a sharing of a moment between the two of them. It’s tender and heartfelt, expressing promise to support his mother when his father ‘turns to stone‘. But the song also acknowledges the fact that life doesn’t go to plan, despite the greatest intentions, seeming to mean that he will do his best to make himself ‘someone‘ that can provide for his mother.

“I will make you queen of everything you see
I’ll put you on the map
I’ll cure you of disease”

The music video shows Tyler as well as Josh Dun on a farm property, with a beautiful yellow (gold?) house, and a woman inside. The guys are shown as severed in two, after some kind of tractor mishap, and yet their halves sing and play drums and ukulele, toward the house and the woman. To me this feels like the same dedication expressed within the song, of “I will do what I can”, as well as the acknowledgement that things didn’t go to plan, despite the adoration and desire behind the sentiment of being there for her. It’s a beautiful song that marries self-doubt with love, where grand promises are made, even if it happens to fall apart and Tyler becomes ‘a bum’.

“House Of Gold” is such a simple but catchy song, with its chorus easily getting stuck in your ear, and its thumping drum beat easily getting under your skin. Check out “House Of Gold” with its music video or stream via Spotify.

Kel Burch

Creator and caretaker of Depth Mag, Kel uses her superpowers of empathy, word-weaving, and feeling everything deeply, to immerse herself in music before returning to reality to write about her experience with it. [Loved the read? Shout Kel a latte.]

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