It’s not my fault, I’m happy
Don’t call me crazy, I’m happy

from Passion Pit – It's Not My Fault, I'm Happy Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Too often, absolute bliss and temporary insanity are used interchangeably to insult, citing an act of pleasure as a move away from rationality and the real world. Passion Pit, a band and thus a perfect example, work for happiness through music, a move that many see as detrimental and without a stable future. The result is a common stigma against “happy,” with people hating those who act freely for, well, acting freely. Michael is tired of the insult and finally removes any personal attachment to blame.

Rather than suffer, he trades happy for acceptable like forming a vocal synth band, staying alternative in a very post-Harvard Cambridge-Boston collegiate way. The message runs deep, asking why anyone should be able to label unrequited happiness except for the happy person. Still, in classic Passion Pit contrast fashion, the line is dark, painting a debate between the heart and mind, a loss of sanity when the soul disagrees with itself that makes the later line, “ it’s funny being funny, makes you feel like up and running,” particularly troubling.

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