"Little Secrets" as written by and Michael Angelakos....
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


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"Little Secrets" as written by Michael Angelakos

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  • +8
    Song MeaningThis song is definitely about empowerment. Lines abound about "higher", "strong", "power".

    I am not sure if a girl is involved or not, but I absolutely think a major theme of the song is overcoming your flaws. When you can finally be comfortable with yourself, it can be a very powerful experience. He mentions his old "salty wounds", disgracing the family name and also how he can now ignore the people staring at his "scars".

    Most people, unfortunately, spend most of their time worrying about what others think of them. It is only natural, in a way, because we all have such a desire to be accepted and loved by others. A great revelation comes, however, when some realize that by not worrying and just being themselves completely, they will naturally attract that attention and love.

    May not be exactly what the song is about, but that's what I got out of it so it's my songmeaning at least.
    wanderingaloudon May 21, 2009   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI feel that it's pretty much about coming out of the closet. "Painting Rainbows across my ugly face against this cardboard neighborhood's disgrace" can be seen as going against the mold of the non-progressive neighborhood and embracing the rainbow. "Within the confines of such chemistry" can be seen as a blow to the old argument that being gay goes against human nature and chemistry. "But I feel alive and I feel it in me" talks about how even though he will hide it and people don't want to see him this way, he still knows who he is on the inside.

    "Oh have you ever felt so goddamn strong, how come it takes some people so damn long" talks about how he feels good about the way he is, but he doesn't understand why others take so long to accept him even though he himself is happy about it. "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 families name" remarks how he is losing a lot being this way. His family and friends don't like the fact that he is gay, but he doesn't care what they think.

    "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" has a line about the stars on her ceiling, which can be seen as a symbol for the plastic stars on kids ceilings, and how she feels she has lost her son. She doesn't know where she went wrong.

    So yeah, that's my take on it.
    ithinkabouttreeson August 29, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is about going manic ("higher and higher and higher")and dealing with all of the garbage in your life. Mundane life seems even more senseless when you're manic and everyone else just seems to miss the point. Also, I really get the part about "can't help ignore the people staring at my scars" since my face is covered in acne marks. In short: everyone else's opinions don't matter so much when you feel ecstatically, deludedly, wonderfully manic.
    theGirlNextDormon January 14, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthe song title is little secrets, not little secret!

    but either way, avt12 is definitely right, its about a teenager and friends experimenting with drugs...he likes the way he feels when he's on drugs, "higher and higher", but his parents don't know, hence the secrecy. the "mother i can tell what you've been thinking...thinking once there was a power you we're wielding" line shows that the mother may be starting to catch on to the fact that she doesn't have control over her child anymore.

    i really like the rebellious and somewhat darker lyrics, because the song sounds so euphoric, yet the euphoria in the song is all drug induced and there is in fact a bit of sadness behind it, seeing as the lyrics involve a kid leaving the family and getting in trouble, "shaming the family's name" and having people stare at his scars...etc.
    its so perfectly adolescent. and the song feels like a drug as well, i feel like i'll never get sick of hearing it.
    lovescouton June 26, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretationwhen I came down the dawn poured into me - waking up, needing your first hit to start off your day / or last night's binge catching up with you
    I shook 'em up the walls came crumbling - describing how he feels
    my thin skin trembling with these salty wounds - arms are raw from all of the trackmarks
    my stolen gold inside the emperor's tomb - heroin inside the needle

    now painting rainbows on my ugly face - taking that pill/shot turns the shitty outlook into colourful and warm feelings :)
    I built this cardboard neighborhood's disgrace
    but I ascend and serve my feverish need - he understands he is addicted
    within the confines of such chemistry - explains the addcition is "confined" in the chemistry, so he's stuck inside the addiction.


    It's the way I see - he only sees what goes through the drug first, drugs > everything
    Everything I need - it's everything he needs, right?
    It's no way to be - but he can't live like this, he's not sure how to get out though.


    let this be our little secret - don't tell anyone
    no one needs to know we're feeling - that we're shooting up, feeling amazing
    higher and higher and higher - getting fucked up and feeling awesome
    higher and higher and higher - fucking awesome.

    but I feel alive, oh, I feel it in me - now that I have my shot/pill, I'm fucking great
    up and up we keep on climbing - lets get higher, we don't want to go back to that morning state
    higher and higher and higher
    higher and higher and higher

    my face blew up at such a casual sight - the shot/pills are making boring things seem amazing and alive again.
    the smattered colors of ecstatic fright - drug effect reference, he's describing the outside world to be frightening with euphoria
    the rush above me to oblivion - The rush of the drugs makes him feel amazing
    outlining wet sidewalks in halogen - I guess this sort of means he's in a daze walking along.

    have you ever felt so goddamn strong? - these drugs give you so much confidence, it's amazing
    how come it takes some people so damn long - hurry up and load the needle
    he turned to squeeze the lemon juice to rain - Squeezing the lemon juice preparing the shot
    the citrus drawing out the scene in stains - The needle is loaded

    Watch the basin drain - referencing his life going down the drain, or something important
    As your life lines wane - his life is ending if he continues
    And you can't explain - he feels great, he doesn't give a fuck, unless he hasn't had a shot ofc.
    As your friends complain - his friends see him with a sober mind, he's going downhill.

    You've caused all this pain - the drug use is hurting people around you
    And you proudly shame - you understand you're hurting the people around you, you can't stop though
    Your whole family's name - your family is traumatized by your use, people think low of your family now.


    mother, I can tell what you've been thinking - he knows his mother disapproves
    staring at the stars on your ceiling - she thinks about it at night, helplessly
    thinking once there was a power that you were wielding - he thinks she feels that she needs to control him, but she can't
    but now I've hit the mark, - common for hitting the vein properly.
    stabbing at the dark
    and I cannot help but ignore the people staring at my scars - people look at his trackmarks, he hates it.
    jaurkon April 01, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhoops, okay, wait-- "Now painting rainbows on my ugly face."

    According to the album leaflet thing, the lyrics are:

    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 neighborhood's disgrace
    but I ascend and serve my feverish need
    within the confines of such chemistry

    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 colors of ecstatic fright
    the rush above me to oblivion
    outlining wet sidewalks in halogen

    have you ever felt so goddamn 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

    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 weilding
    but now I've hit the mark,
    stabbing at the dark
    and I cannot help but ignore the people staring at my scars
    Jaexon July 12, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI believe it's about amphetamines and keeping it a secret, even from your friends. Here's why:

    when i came down the dawn poured into me = up all night and coming down when the sun came up
    my fists kept trembling with these salty wounds = amphetamines are a mix of salts and make you jittery
    my stolen gold inside the emperors tomb = the drug is like gold to him

    now painting rainbows on my ugly face = get creative but might not do rational things
    i built this cardboard neighborhood's disgrace ----> (see rest of my interpretation)
    but i ascend and serve my feverish need = he gets high and scratches the itch
    within the confines of such chemistry = drugs are chemicals

    its the way i see
    everything i need
    its no way to be = it's a way of life, but it's not pretty

    let this be our little secret
    no one needs to know were feeling
    higher and higher and higher = no one really knows he's high but himself or the person he's high with

    but i feel alive and i feel it in me
    up and up i keep on climbing
    higher and higher and higher = he's getting higher and feels the drug's euphoria

    my face blew up at such a casual sight = he spotted a cop, but since he's high it's startling
    the smattered colors of ecstatic fright = cop lights behind him are scary, but the high intensifies
    the rush above me to oblivion = the rush he gets is so intense
    outlining wet sidewalks in halogen = car headlights bulbs are halogen, and it's lighting up the sidewalks

    oh have you ever felt so strong = the drug makes you feel invincible
    how come it takes some people so damn long = his high has a quick onset
    he tried to squeeze the lemon juice to rain
    the citrus drawing out the seasons stains = cop tried to get him to admit he's high

    watch the basin drain = he's caught
    as your life lines wane = there's only a few people to reach out to
    and you cant explain = he can't explain why he wanted to do the drug to begin with
    as your friends complain = they are pissed he was driving high and didnt tell them

    youve caused all this pain
    and you proudly shame
    your whole families name = his arrest or penalty is public

    mother i can tell what youve been thinking
    staring at the stars on your ceiling
    thinking once there was a power that you were wielding = thought she had control over her son's actions
    and now ive hit the mark = he finally got found out
    staring at the dark = nowhere left to go
    and i cannot help but ignore the people staring at my scars = forgetting the past and ignoring people that hold it against him (scars might be literal if he's talking about injecting the drug)


    This is just my perception. I don't know if these guys are into drugs or not.
    wilburthemagion September 10, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My Opinionall of you who don't see how this song in blatantly and obviously about IV drug use must just be extremely naive to the culture and activities that go along with that kind of life. the references in this song aren't even hidden, he speaks openly in the song about his track marks, the disgrace from his family and friends, and this is the line that really gives it away; "He tried to squeeze the lemon juice to rain", the idea being that some people will try to prepare their shot using lemon juice or other citrus to try and draw out more opiates than water preparation.
    Hashman710on October 21, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazing song. Good job on the lyrics, but "its the way to be" should be "its no way to be"
    psychomonkey62on May 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is about the pleasure of either drugs or love, most likely the latter. Another guess is the story or Samson of Delilah. It would explain "have you ever felt so strong", "the walls came crumbling", "this miracle is of ecstatic fright", etc. Unsure though.
    ulykimon May 21, 2009   Link

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