Control
Halsey Lyrics


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They sent me away to find them a fortune
A chest filled with diamonds and gold
The house was awake, with shadows and monsters
The hallways, they echoed and groaned

I sat alone, in bed 'til the morning
I'm crying, "They're coming for me"
And I tried to hold these secrets inside me
My mind's like a deadly disease

I'm bigger than my body
I'm colder than this home
I'm meaner than my demons
I'm bigger than these bones

And all the kids cried out, "Please stop, you're scaring me"
I can't help this awful energy
Goddamn right, you should be scared of me
Who is in control?

I paced around for hours on empty
I jumped at the slightest of sounds
And I couldn't stand the person inside me
I turned all the mirrors around

I'm bigger than my body
I'm colder than this home
I'm meaner than my demons
I'm bigger than these bones

And all the kids cried out, "Please stop, you're scaring me"
I can't help this awful energy
Goddamn right, you should be scared of me
Who is in control?

I'm well acquainted with villains that live in my head
They beg me to write them so they'll never die when I'm dead
And I've grown familiar with villains that live in my head
They beg me to write them so I'll never die when I'm dead

I'm bigger than my body
I'm colder than this home
I'm meaner than my demons
I'm bigger than these bones

And all the kids cried out, "Please stop, you're scaring me"
I can't help this awful energy
Goddamn right, you should be scared of me
Who is in control?

And all the kids cried out, "Please stop, you're scaring me"
I can't help this awful energy




Goddamn right, you should be scared of me
Who is in control?

Overall Meaning

Halsey’s song “Control” reveals a dark and twisted side that exists within every person. The opening lyrics describe a search for fortune that leads to the discovery of shadows and monsters. The singer seems to be trapped in a house with these frightening entities and is in a state of panic, crying out for help. The singer then admits that their mind is like a deadly disease and that they are bigger than their body, meaner than their demons, and colder than the home in which they reside. The refrain that follows, “And all the kids cried out, ‘Please stop, you’re scaring me,’” hints at their loneliness and lack of understanding from others.


The singer is tormented by the villains that live in their head, who beg to be written so that they will never die. “Control” suggests that creativity is something that cannot be fully controlled and that artists are at the mercy of their own minds. The haunting and emotional tone of the song is amplified by Halsey’s vocals, which are anguished yet controlled. The ending to the song is left open to interpretation, the repetition of “Who is in control?” suggests that the singer’s struggle with their own mind is ongoing.


Line by Line Meaning

They send me away to find them a fortune
They have sent me on a mission to help them find wealth.


A chest filled with diamonds and gold
They are seeking a fortune in the form of diamonds and gold.


The house was awake, the shadows and monsters
I was up in a house full of shadows and monsters.


The hallways, they echoed and groaned
The hallways were making strange sounds.


I sat alone, in bed till the morning
I was alone, sitting in bed until the morning.


I'm crying, 'They're coming for me'
I am crying and contending with the feeling that something ominous is coming for me.


And I tried to hold these secrets inside me
I attempted to keep my secrets hidden within me.


My mind's like a deadly disease
My thoughts are dangerous and harmful.


I'm bigger than my body
I am larger than my physical form.


I'm colder than this home
I feel colder than my physical surroundings.


I'm meaner than my demons
The demons within me are less intense than I myself am.


I'm bigger than these bones
My presence and essence exceed the boundaries of my physical body.


And all the kids cried out, 'Please stop, you're scaring me'
Children were afraid and begged me to cease my behavior.


I can't help this awful energy
I am unable to prevent this unpleasant and disconcerting aura I create.


God damn right, you should be scared of me
It is entirely justified for everyone to feel frightened of me.


Who is in control?
Unknown entity is managing this situation.


I paced around for hours on empty
I wandered aimlessly for hours on end.


I jumped at the slightest of sounds
I became startled by the most trivial of noises.


And I couldn't stand the person inside me
I couldn't tolerate my own identity.


I turned all the mirrors around
I turned all the mirrors in the room around, so they could no longer reflect me.


I'm well acquainted with villains that live in my head
I am very familiar with the evil characters that exist within my mind.


They beg me to write them so they'll never die when I'm dead
The villains inside my mind are urging me to document them so they may persist even after my death.


I've grown familiar with villains that live in my head
Subsequently, I have become accustomed to the wicked spirits within me.


And all the kids cried out, 'Please stop, you're scaring me'
Children were scared and urged me to cease my activities.


I can't help this awful energy
I am powerless to control this adverse energy.


God damn right, you should be scared of me
People should feel intimidated by me.


Who is in control?
It is unclear who is managing the situation.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: ASHLEY FRANGIPANE, TIMOTHY JOLIFFE BRAN, ROY EDWARD KERR

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@kury12

LYRICS
They send me away to find them a fortune
A chest filled with diamonds and gold
The house was awake, the shadows and monsters
The hallways, they echoed and groaned

I sat alone, in bed till the morning
I'm crying, "They're coming for me"
And I tried to hold these secrets inside me
My mind's like a deadly disease

I'm bigger than my body
I'm colder than this home
I'm meaner than my demons
I'm bigger than these bones

And all the kids cried out, "Please stop, you're scaring me"
I can't help this awful energy
God damn right, you should be scared of me
Who is in control?

I paced around for hours on empty
I jumped at the slightest of sounds
And I couldn't stand the person inside me
I turned all the mirrors around

I'm bigger than my body
I'm colder than this home
I'm meaner than my demons
I'm bigger than these bones

And all the kids cried out, "Please stop, you're scaring me"
I can't help this awful energy
God damn right, you should be scared of me
Who is in control?

I'm well acquainted with villains that live in my bed
They beg me to write them so they'll never die when I'm dead
And I've grown familiar with villains that live in my head
They beg me to write them so I'll never die when I'm dead

I'm bigger than my body
I'm colder than this home
I'm meaner than my demons
I'm bigger than these bones

And all the kids cried out, "Please stop, you're scaring me"
I can't help this awful energy
God damn right, you should be scared of me
Who is in control?

And all the kids cried out, "Please stop, you're scaring me"
I can't help this awful energy
God damn right, you should be scared of me
Who is in control? ....






Thanks for the likes, hope you are all safe! Glad i helped someone with this
Wish y'all the best from italy🇮🇹



@joel62361

@stella prinzivalli idk but sometimes I get so lost in my daydreams that I forget that I exist. Like, legit- and when I snap myself out of it its so disturbing because here I am, in a real world, hugging my pillow. Its just so bizarre to me, yknow? And sometimes I forget that fiction is fictional and not actually real-

And the line "I've grown familiar with the villains that live in my head" makes me think of my constant nightmares and sleep paralysis encounters. I'm not scared of them anymore and I'm honestly bored of them. I drew them too and I gave them names, meaning that they're almost family to me somehow??

And the "who is in control" line makes me think of when I'm not in control, like I'm asking who's doing this to me. Like, sometimes I hurt myself or say mean things that I don't really mean and i feel like I'm not in control of my body and its like me and my body are different entities.

And sometimes, my daydreams get too sad for me, and I sometimes even cry over them for no reason at all. I dunno-

By the way, do you have a discord? You seem pretty chill :D maybe we could talk there because talking in a YT comment section is pretty weird lmfao



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@gachapmxs2696

( Full song of control)
They send me away to find them a fortune
A chest filled with diamonds and gold
The house was awake
With shadows and monsters
The hallways they echoed and groaned

I sat alone, in bed 'til the morning
I'm crying, "They're coming for me"
And I tried to hold these secrets inside me
My mind's like a deadly disease

I'm bigger than my body
I'm colder than this home
I'm meaner than my demons
I'm bigger than these bones

And all the kids cried out
"Please stop, you're scaring me"
I can't help this awful energy
Goddamn right, you should be scared of me
Who is in control?

I paced around for hours on empty
I jumped at the slightest of sounds
And I couldn't stand the person inside me
I turned all the mirrors around

I'm bigger than my body
I'm colder than this home
I'm meaner than my demons
I'm bigger than these bones

And all the kids cried out
"Please stop, you're scaring me"
I can't help this awful energy
Goddamn right, you should be scared of me
Who is in control?

I'm well acquainted
With villains that live in my bed
They beg me to write them
So they'll never die when I'm dead

And I've grown familiar
With villains that live in my head
They beg me to write them
So I'll never die when I'm dead

I'm bigger than my body
I'm colder than this home
I'm meaner than my demons
I'm bigger than these bones

And all the kids cried out
"Please stop, you're scaring me"
I can't help this awful energy
Goddamn right, you should be scared of me
Who is in control?

And all the kids cried out
"Please stop, you're scaring me"
I can't help this awful energy
Goddamn right, you should be scared of me
Who is in control?



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@p34rlss59

Kids: "Please stop your scaring me!"
Me: "Am I that ugly?"

@user-rj3ou5xj9k

PFFTTT THATS MEEE

@blueviolet3899

Oof nuuuu 😭😭Meeee

@shashwatkumar5303

Now lets not start a fight we're all the same.

@SplashTheBird

XD

@dumm307

Yeet

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@FainthedCherry

This song is a fandom classic. Any fandom w/ edgy characters for sure.

@blurryhds

@Glitter N Slime I think it also fits a dark side of heroes of Olympus. (If you've read it)

@alexadoessomestuff

I remember a genocide Undertale animatic with this song actually-

@danielledoeswhat

Especially when the MC has some sort of dark form, possessive demon, or second personality (or multiple, depending on the franchise). There would be AMVs everywhere, and I would always have the best time watching them.

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