Hold the night for ransom as we kidnap the memories
Macklemore equates the act of having a memorable time to criminal activity. This clever lyric not only subtly reiterates the illicit acts he and his friends partook in, but may suggest a forced quality to their good times or to the act of recalling them. They purposely “kidnap” experiences worth reminiscing over; they “hold the night from ransom.” Kidnapping and ransom are crimes against their victims' wills, often with the intent to injure others. From whom is the night ransomed? Why are the memories kidnapped rather than created? It may also be a commentary on how the things worth remembering must be taken in a sense—whether extracted from otherwise meaningless, substance-fueled circumstances or from a culture that looks down on Macklemore’s and his friends' behavior for whatever reason.
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