See what I’ve done now, I don’t understand
She says I screamed and I that I raised my hand
But I never meant to, wasn’t even there
I never meant to, I would never dare

from Passion Pit – Cry Like a Ghost Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“Cry Like a Ghost” is an interestingly immature song, a look at the regrets of drinking to blackout from the drinker’s perspective. Playing out like an Alcoholics Anonymous made-for-TV movie, the song finds its main character nearly unresponsive at a party, so drunk that he sees finishing a bar’s worth of drinks as a “blurry little quest.” By the end, while walking with his partner, he supposedly acts in violence, perhaps even striking her, forgetting his actions instantly and not realizing anything until the next day.

Surprisingly, there are no repercussions, no conclusion; the song finishes with this image alone. Yet, the imagery and style do not critique alcoholism, instead reading like a man still drinking blindly, never finding when “enough is enough.” The trademark synthwork does not help the message, but the implications are drastic: the man feels no real remorse and is still trapped, waiting for the pendulum-like Sylvia to return to a relationship where she, the ghost, will never again be.

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