By: Rob Brayl
Last year, before Passion Pit exploded, I was lucky enough to be a part of their music video for The Reeling. It was a fun shoot and the guys could not have been more down to earth. Now the boys (after being nominated for a MTV VMA last year) are back with a new video for the feel-good Little Secrets, which features the amazing voices from the kids at PS22 Chorus.
Many have wondered the meaning behind Little Secrets. Some say drugs — but I highly doubt this theory, because the kids who sang on this track are 5th graders and no school would want a possible backlash with regards to their students lending their voices for a song covering the topic of hard candy. As far as I know, Passion Pit has not explained the story behind this song, but here’s an opinion I agree with the most, posted by flakeytoday at songmeanings.net:
The first verse refers to what happens when you recognize the pain (“salty wounds”) and what was stolen from you (gold in Emperor’s tomb), and while to cope with the abuse you had a mind out of body experience, but in healing you “come down”.
The next few verses are about this knowledge and that you’re not “ugly”, and understanding the “neighborhood’s disgrace” of expressing this knowledge then recognizing the “confines of this chemistry” or that you just can’t tell everybody.
So when you do tell somebody, it’s your “little secret” (next verse and song title). Yet, when you tell someone, there is elation, freedom felt; higher and higher and higher. Notice this chorus is sung by children.
The next two verses are about the sense of being alive and happy, symbolized by the light references “halogen”.
The next verse relates to empowerment: “so goddam strong”, and frustration of “taking so damn long” to understand what the abuser did: “he tried to squeeze the lemon juice to rain”.
The next verses are about judgement: “friends complain you’ve caused all this pain and you proudly shame your whole family’s name”. Mother’s reaction is staring at the ceiling.
But in the end you rise above climbing higher and higher…
What is your interpretation of Little Secrets?
Check out the video, directed by Timothy Saccenti, below.