The beautifully ethereal Twenty One Pilots track “Ruby” has been swirling through my head all day.
From the Regional At Best album, “Ruby” was described by Tyler Joseph as being about a girl that went to the same church that both he and Josh Dun attended at the time. At the Regional At Best CD launch, Tyler shared about Ruby: “She’s just a little girl. She’s got Down Syndrome. She inspired me.”
The beautiful song speaks as a tribute to Ruby, a member of royalty in Tyler’s eyes, seeking to learn from her as well as praising her for her angelic qualities. Tyler’s lyrics show a belief in her being closer to God, and having knowledge that he seeks.
“You’re true and pure
You hold the cure
We’re all diseased
You hold the key
You’re an angel fallen down
Won’t you tell us of the clouds?
You have fallen from the sky
How high, how high”
The track features marching style drums, a light piano melody, organ, dreamy soundscapes and vulnerably expressed vocals. It’s a heartfelt and beautiful question mark of a song toward so much that is unknown about a higher power, including a heart-wrenching apology, for Ruby to ‘tell our dad I’m sorry’.
While there’s no official online links to stream Regional At Best, you can listen to “Ruby” via the below lyric video.