Little Secrets
Passion Pit Lyrics


When I came down the dawn poured into me
I shook em up, the walls came crumbling
My fists kept trembling with these salty wounds
My stolen gold inside the emperors tomb

Now painting rainbows on my ugly face
I built this cardboard neighborhoods disgrace
But I ascend and serve my feverish need
Within the confines of such chemistry
It's the way I see
Everything I need
It's no way to be

Let this be our little secret
No one needs to know were feeling
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher

But I feel alive and I feel it in me
Up and up I keep on climbing
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher

My face blew up at such a casual sight
The smattered colors of ecstatic fright
The rush above me to oblivion
Outlining wet sidewalks in halogen

Oh have you ever felt so goddamn strong
How come it takes some people so damn long
He tried to squeeze the lemon juice to rain
The citrus drawing out the scene in stains

Watch the basin drain
As your life lines wane
And you cant explain
As your friends complain

You've caused all this pain
And you proudly shame
Your whole families name

Let this be our little secret
No one needs to know were feeling
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher

But I feel alive and I feel it in me
Up and up I keep on climbing
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher

Mother I can tell what you've been thinking
Staring at the stars on your ceiling
Thinking once there was a power that you were wielding
And now I've hit the mark
Stabbing at the dark
And I cannot help but ignore the people staring at my scars

Let this be our little secret
No-one needs to know we're feeling
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher

But I feel alive and feel it in me
Up and up I keep on climbing
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher

Let this be our little secret
No one needs to know were feeling
Higher and higher and higher

But I feel alive and I feel it in me
Up and up and keep on climbing
Higher and higher and higher

Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: MICHAEL ANGELAKOS

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Julia Margarita

When I came down the dawn poured into me
I shook'em up, the walls came crumbling
My fists kept trembling with these salty wounds
My stolen gold inside the emperors tomb

Now painting rainbows on my ugly face
I built this cardboard neighborhoods disgrace
But I ascend and serve my feverish need
Within the confines of such chemistry

Its the way I see
Everything I need
Its no way to be

Let this be our little secret
No one needs to know we're feeling
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher

But I feel alive and I feel it in me
Up and up I keep on climbing
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher

My face blew up at such a casual sight
The spattered colors of ecstatic fright
The rush above me to oblivion
Outlining wet sidewalks with halogen

Oh have you ever felt so goddamned strong
How come it takes some people so damn long
He turned to squeeze the lemon juice to rain
The citrus drawing out the scene in stains

Watch the basin drain
As your life lines wane
And you cant explain
As your friends complain

You've caused all this pain
And you proudly shame
Your whole families name

Let this be our little secret
No one needs to know we're feeling
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher

But I feel alive and I feel it in me
Up and up I keep on climbing
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher

Mother I can tell what you've been thinking
Staring at the stars on your ceiling
Thinking once there was a power that you were wielding
And now I've hit the mark
Staring at the dark
And I cannot help but ignore the people staring at my scars

Let this be our little secret
No one needs to know we're feeling
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher

But I feel alive and I feel it in me
Up and up and keep on climbing
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher



Akinyi Omer

@ed tolentino The lead singer is basically taking us on a very sad and very personal walk-through of one of the aspects of a relationship to heroin addiction. He's admitting how much he loves & needs the breathless highs, but he knows its costing him his life, health and family. Feel free to Google the lyrics while you read this!

The first part of verse 1 is kind of him describing the surreal agony of a come-down ("walls were crumbling, fists shaking with these salty wounds"). And then after the comedown, comes the self-loathing ("I built this cardboard neighbourhood's disgrace". He's using a pretty powerful metaphor: some homeless addicts live in what some people call 'cardboard neighbourhoods', and he's saying he thinks he's the most disgraceful thing in that neighbourhood. That's intense.) What's amazing is that immediately after he admits feeling like shit, and how he's not proud of himself, he's immediately "ascending the feverish highs". And what's even sadder is that he's admitting he's helpless against serving his addictions needs, and the way he views life now which in turn further fuels the need, the next verse. He knows it's all messed up but its "its the way I see, everything I need, it's no way to be".

And then the chorus is a punch in the face because the music is so beautiful and joyous, with the harmonies and the childrens choir with their innocent voices. Even his voice literally soaring in its falsetto as if its climbing or soaring above the sky.
"Let this be our little secret" - so cheeky, so light as if he's not talking about an eviscreating subject. And then the "higher and higher" part ... basically he's being honest about that intense, otherworldly freeing happiness and high that you get from using - what a lot of addicts says is one of the most dangerous parts of some drugs to them - that you feel so blissful and beautiful. (Its not like this for all users of all substances, but I've heard meth & heroin users say this).

Verse 2 goes on to walk us through the remaining experience of the high, and the descriptions used are so loving and wonderful - even though again hes talking about being out of his mind to the point of oblivion, where oblivion could also mean the end of his life. I love the surreal part about the citrus (lemon juice is sometimes used by heroin addicts to increase intensity of the high).

Following the lyrics in the bridge, all the way from "Watch the basin drain ... Your whole family's name". Pretty self-explanatory description of him going through the using rituals at the sink, being aware of the danger to his health and feeling pain because he feels he's dishonoured his family.

Theres still some verses left, but I've talked enough! Once you have an understanding of the above you'll see where he's going with the last verse about knowing how helpless/powerless his mother feels, and how he's helpless too because even though he knows it's all awful and bad, he's way past caring: "I cannot help but ignore the people staring at my scars". That's pretty powerful because that's one of the "shame" barriers that some addicts initially try to hide from others cause of the stigma. But dude is way past that. I could talk about this song forever!



Tungumál15

When I came down the dawn poured into me
I shook'em up, the walls came crumbling
My fists kept trembling with these salty wounds
My stolen gold inside the emperors tomb
Now painting rainbows on my ugly face
I built this cardboard neighborhoods disgrace
But I ascend and serve my feverish need
Within the confines of such chemistry
Its the way I see
Everything I need
Its no way to be
Let this be our little secret
No one needs to know we're feeling
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher
But I feel alive and I feel it in me
Up and up I keep on climbing
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher
My face blew up at such a casual sight
The spattered colors of ecstatic fright
The rush above me to oblivion
Outlining wet sidewalks with halogen
Oh have you ever felt so goddamned strong
How come it takes some people so damn long
He turned to squeeze the lemon juice to rain
The citrus drawing out the scene in stains
Watch the basin drain
As your life lines wane
And you cant explain
As your friends complain
You've caused all this pain
And you proudly shame
Your whole families name
Let this be our little secret
No one needs to know we're feeling
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher
But I feel alive and I feel it in me
Up and up I keep on climbing
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher
Mother I can tell what you've been thinking
Staring at the stars on your ceiling
Thinking once there was a power that you were wielding
And now I've hit the mark
Staring at the dark
And I cannot help but ignore the people staring at my scars
Let this be our little secret
No one needs to know we're feeling
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher
But I feel alive and I feel it in me
Up and up and keep on climbing
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher



L

When I came down the dawn poured into me
I shook 'em up the walls came crumbling
my thin skin trembling with these salty wounds
my stolen gold inside the emperor's tomb

now painting rainbows on my ugly face
I built this cardboard neighbourhood's disgrace
but I ascend and serve my feverish need
within the confines of such chemistry

It's the way I see
Everything I need
It's the way to be

let this be our little secret
no one needs to know we're feeling
higher and higher and higher
higher and higher and higher

but I feel alive, oh, I feel it in me
up and up we keep on climbing
higher and higher and higher
higher and higher and higher

my face blew up at such a casual sight
the smattered colours of ecstatic fright
the rush above me to oblivion
outlining wet side walks in halogen

oh have you ever felt so god damn strong?
how come it takes some people so damn long
he turned to squeeze the lemon juice to rain
the citrus drawing out the scene in stains

Watch the basin drain
As your life lines wane
And you can't explain
As your friends complain
You've caused all this pain
And you proudly shame
Your whole family's name

let this be our little secret
no one needs to know we're feeling
higher and higher and higher
higher and higher and higher

but I feel alive, oh, I feel it in me
up and up we keep on climbing
higher and higher and higher
higher and higher and higher

mother, I can tell what you've been thinking
staring at the stars on your ceiling
thinking once there was a power that you were wielding
but now I've hit the mark,
stabbing at the dark
and I cannot help but ignore the people staring at my scars


let this be our little secret
no one needs to know we're feeling
higher and higher and higher
higher and higher and higher

but I feel alive, oh, I feel it in me
up and up we keep on climbing
higher and higher and higher
higher and higher and higher x2



Trackformers

When I came down the dawn poured into me
I shook em up, the walls came crumbling
My fists kept trembling with these salty wounds
My stolen gold inside the emperors tomb
Now painting rainbows on my ugly face
I built this cardboard neighborhoods disgrace
But I ascend and serve my feverish need
Within the confines of such chemistry
It's the way I see
Everything I need
It's no way to be
Let this be our little secret
No one needs to know were feeling
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher
But I feel alive and I feel it in me
Up and up I keep on climbing
Higher and higher and higher
Higher and higher and higher
My face blew up at such a casual sight
The smattered colors of ecstatic fright
The rush above me to oblivion
Outlining wet…



All comments from YouTube:

Donna Clark

This used to be my best friend's favorite song. He has passed now but it still brings to mind his smiling face. It's such a happy song :)

Boris Sheen

@ҜᖇEΜ it maybe about drugs as many of his songs are but this song is still happy.

CountDorkAlot Gaming

@Cory Bray The artist even stated it's not about drugs "It's not about drugs, let's all get that straight, for real." The entire album theme of Manners is basically talking about his struggle with hi mental health bipolar. Mania being his little secret that makes him feel alive, and when the dawn comes down it's him coming off that ride. Definitely not about drugs

Cory Bray

@CountDorkAlot Gaming stolen gold inside the emperor's tomb is slang for heroine in a syringe. Very much about drugs.

ҜᖇEΜ

@CountDorkAlot Gaming ok ig alcohol

CountDorkAlot Gaming

@ҜᖇEΜ not about drugs

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Daryl Beaumont

First concert I ever went to was a Passion Pit concert. I was really nervous about going and stood awkwardly at the front waiting for Michael to come on stage. He opened with this song and everyone started singing and jumping. That was when I realised that I was among friends and how much this music meant to people.

Traci M

Ahhh, that is the best feeling in the world. One of my first moments of this for me was during Built to Spill’s “Cars” song. I cried a little haha.

Streaky Drip

My first concert was Dave Mathews, and it was the best vibes I’ve ever experienced

Billy Lopatto

According to some annotations from Genius.com, Michael has had a history of mental disorders. This song talks about him abusing drugs When we was younger.

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