CMA Awards 2018

Here Are the Lyrics to Twenty One Pilots' 'Nico and the Niners'

Brad Heaton
TWENTY ØNE PILØTS

In a rebellious anthem following fictional character Clancy who lives in the imaginary Dema town, Twenty One Pilots sing about clinging to their rebel clothes and taking flight with the rest of the “banditos” in their latest single “Nico and the Niners.”

Released ahead of schedule, the group’s impulse mirrors what drives Clancy, who cannot be contained by Dema -- which is walled and ruled by nine bishops (“Dema don’t control, Dema don’t control”). What really traps this character -- and those like Clancy -- is depression, and this song tackles mental illness’ reign over people. The sway of the reggae beat -- drums, guitar and maracas -- assures listeners they’ll overcome their demons, but not everyone will be granted the same success (“We’ll win but not everyone will get out”). 

See the "Nico and the Niners" lyrics below:

East is up, I'm fearless when I hear this on the low
East is up, I'm careless when I wear my rebel clothes
East is up, when Bishops come together they will know that
Dema don't control us, Dema don't control
East is up

They want to make you forget
They want to make you forget
Save your razorblades now, not yet
Save your razorblades now, not yet

I'm heavy, my jumpsuit is on steady
I'm lighter when I'm lower, I'm higher when I'm heavy, oh
I'm so high, my jumpsuit takes me so high
I'm flying from a fire, from Nico and the Niners, oh

East is up, I'm fearless when I hear this on the low
East is up, I'm careless when I wear my rebel clothes
East is up, when Bishops come together they will know that
Dema don't control us, Dema don't control

I'm heavy, my jumpsuit is on steady
I'm lighter when I'm lower, I'm higher when I'm heavy, oh
I'm so high, my jumpsuit takes me so high
I'm flying from a fire, from Nico and the Niners, oh

I'm heavy, jumpsuit is on steady
Lighter when I'm lower, higher when I'm heavy, oh
I'm so high, I'm so high
So high, I'm so high
Fire, Nico and the Niners

What I say when I want to be enough
What a beautiful day for making a break for it
We'll find a way to pay for it
Maybe from all the money we made razorblade stores
Rent a race horse and force a sponsor
And start a concert, a complete diversion
Start a mob and you can be quite certain
We'll win but not everyone will get out
No, no
We'll win but not everyone will get out
No, no
We'll win but not everyone will get out

East is up, I'm fearless when I hear this on the low
East is up I'm careless when I wear my rebel clothes
East is up, when Bishops come together they will know that
Dema don't control us, Dema don't control
East is up

I'm so high, so high
Fire, Nico and the Niners
I'm so high, so high
Fire, Nico and the Niners