"Black Out Days" as written by Sarah Barthel and Joshua Carter....
Hide the sun
I will leave your face out of my mind
You should save your eyes
A thousand voices howling in my head

Speak in tongues
I don't even recognize your face
Mirror on the wall
Tell me all the ways to stay away-ay ay ay ya

Away-ay ya
Away-ay ya
And stay away-ay ya
Away-ay ya
Away-ay ya

Dig a hole
Fireworks exploding in my hands
If I could paint the sky
Would all the stars be shining a bloody red

Stay-ay ay ay ya away-ay ya away-ay ya
And stay-ay ay ay ya away-ay ya away-ay ya
And stay away-ay ya away-ay ya away-ay ya
And stay away-ay ya away-ay ya away-ay ya

Black out days
I don't recognize you anymore


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"Black Out Days" as written by Joshua Carter Sarah Barthel

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  • +2
    My InterpretationConsidering many other Phantogram songs, this is looking back at the, the days of distorted, forgotten, lost, unsettled memory, from When I'm Small being "underground", with "lucy", wanting to be thrown "in the flames" ... "the black out days."

    "Dig a hole," but unlike When I'm Small, keep the depths away, look to the sky.

    Discrepancy on the parenthesized lyrics at the end, They're definitely not all the same. I hear "they're not mine" in one of them, as in the voices aren't theirs anymore,
    "Black out days, I don't even recognize you anymore"
    MIghtyChorizoon October 24, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis seems an obvious interpretation but I will say it.
    This song (like many others) always reminds me of when I was too deep into the drugs. I knew that they were making me insane but giving them up would be to "hide the sun". I longed to know how to stay away from their influence. The resulting cognitive dissonance made for experiences that were intensely frightening (the head voices), a strong contrast from the initial feelings of euphoria.
    "I don't even recognize you anymore"
    TheSquirrelon December 11, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI interpret themes of drug and/or alcohol dependancy, maybe even mental illness of some kind. possibly bipolar or schizophrenia.
    I personally find this song really sad.
    glitterhobbiton July 15, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis feels like a bad breakup song. The lyrics feel like someone struggling with controlling their obsessive thoughts about someone destroying their world. The narrator knows they are doing it to themselves at this point, but never the less is letting their pain control their actions, outlook, and reasoning. The line about the stars...beautiful things are painful and are seen through the veil of pain. It's a good song that elicits the powerful and destructive emotional pain, in both lyrics and outright shrieking.
    twinkiedefenseon November 17, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpretty solid
    krzyspnson December 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis could just be my take on it, but this definitely feels like a bad break up song. The sort the breaks down your whole world and the only thing you can do it build your confidence and life back up after the rug has been pulled out from under you,
    akimikaon January 08, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI can't help but feel like this is somehow, even inadvertently, connected to Dissociative Identity Disorder or even just regular dissociation. I have a friend with DID and it just seems like a mirror to them. Black out days are days they don't remember. When the alter takes over, they often have no memory of what has happened, and when they come back, it's like having had a black out. A thousand voices, while being a huge number, reminds me of how sometimes even when that person is themselves, the alter can still echo in their head. Even the mirror on the wall, there's a disconnect between who you are and what you're seeing. I don't know, this is the vibe I'm getting.
    Aniformon November 28, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe this is about a girl obsessing about a guy. I think Black out Days means she wish she could black out the days she is away from him, but she is realizing all of this and wishes she could stay away, or wants him to. She knows that as long as he is around, she will never break free from that obsession.
    Or I guess apply any addiction to this theory.
    She does mention looking in the mirror, maybe coming to a realization of the problem?
    ryan117864on September 15, 2015   Link

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