Potholes are problems in many places but it isn’t often that the issue makes it into a popular song. Here is part of the bridge for Twenty One Pilots’ “Tear In My Heart”:
You fell asleep in my car I drove the whole time
But that’s okay I’ll just avoid the holes so you sleep fine
I’m driving here I sit
Cursing my government
For not using my taxes to fill holes with more cement
Potholes are costly to the average driver but who knew that they can be detrimental to romantic relationships? Yet another reason for spending more upfront on infrastructure to keep the later potholes at bay. Plus, the artist is convinced that the government is misallocating his tax monies. Seems to be a popular American sentiment these days.
These failed romance/anti-government themes may just be popular together: at the time of writing, the song was #67 on iTunes and is #2 on the alternative radio charts. Or, maybe the reference to filling potholes with cement is the real secret…
4 thoughts on “Song invoking filling potholes with cement (which the gov’t is not doing)”
Cement, asphalt, concrete – same thing right??
Not exactly. https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-differences-between-concrete-cement-and-asphalt
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The potholes in the lyrics is more of a metaphor than anything else. They represent the holes in his relationship. He’s avoiding them and cursing an external cause instead of dealing and confronting his problems with his relationship.