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[1: 420 of 10,000] Pumped Up Kicks By Foster The People

In Review on October 31, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Ever since I saw the movie Friends With Benefits I’ve been loving this song. I know that the beauty of the melody and the beat don’t match the disturbing sad lyrics but it was really artistic for the musicians to have created it.

If you would be wondering if the singer sings really well without the sonic effect from the original music video, just check out the acoustic version, which was amusingly still rendered beautifully.

Here’s the lyrics:

Robert’s got a quick hand.
He looked 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 with a box of fun things,

I don’t even know what.
But he’s coming for you,
yeah, he’s coming for you.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
you’d better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
you’d better run, better run, faster than my bullet, yeah.

Daddy works a long day.
He’s coming home late, yeah, he’s coming home late.
And he’s bringing me a surprise.
His dinner’s in the kitchen and it’s packed in ice.

I’ve waited for a long time.
Yet the slide of my hand is now a quick pulled trigger,
I reason with my cigarette,
And say your hair’s on fire,
you must have lost your wits, yeah.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
you’d better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
you’d better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

Lyrics explained by the artist:

Mark Foster explained the song’s meaning to Spinner UK: “Pumped Up Kicks’ about a kid that basically is losing his mind and is plotting revenge. He’s an outcast. I feel like the youth in our culture are becoming more and more isolated. It’s kind of an epidemic. Instead of writing about victims and some tragedy, I wanted to get into the killer’s mind, like Truman Capote did in ‘In Cold Blood.’ I love to write about characters. That’s my style. I really like to get inside the heads of other people and try to walk in their shoes.”

  1. Love this song! try another version of this by Cris Cab, you might like it. http://mheretowrite.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/new-artists-new-music/

  2. Wow, thanks for sharing the link!

    I’ve checked it – I like reggae beat and I really like the song so Cris Cab did give justice. 😉

  3. cool studio performance (second video)!

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