Pumped up kids

Robert’s got a quick hand.
He’ll look around the room, he won’t tell you his plan.
He’s got a rolled cigarette, hanging out his mouth he’s a cowboy kid.
Yeah, he found a six shooter gun.
In his dad’s closet hidden in a box of fun things, and I don’t even know what.
But he’s coming for you, yeah he’s coming for you.

I heard Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People on and off over the summer. I loved the upbeat bounce, but I have to confess that I never paid attention to the lyrics.

Here’s an interview with Mark Foster where he talks guns, “overnight” fame and more.

I do love this version from SNL, and the video for Helena Beat is also very cool.


2 thoughts on “Pumped up kids

  1. Urban Daddy says:

    Great post here. I’ve heard that song a lot and I’ve even got my kids (6 and 5) listening to it because it was catchy, but now that I hear the words… I’m not so sure anymore. Sure a lot of songs are messed up but I guess in the radio version you can’t make out the words. “You better run, baby, run, faster than my bullet”.


  2. farlane says:

    Thanks Urban Daddy. In defense of the song it is a look at the f’ed up role of guns in our society, but that concept might be a little lofty for a 5 year old. My feeling has always been to look at the songs and talk about the story behind it with my kids.

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