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Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks lyrics

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 of his mouth, he's a cowboy kid

He found a six-shooter gun
In his dad's closet with in 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
All the other kids with the 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

Daddy works a long day
He'll be coming home late and he's coming home late
And he's bringing me a surprise
'Cause dinner's in the kitchen and it's packed in ice

I've waited for a long time
Yeah the slight of my hand is now a quick pull-trigger
I reason with my cigarette
And say, "your hair's on fire, you must've 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
All the other kids with the 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

Run run run run
Ru-ru-ru-run run run
Ru-ru-ru-run run run run
Ru-ru-ru-run run run ru-run run

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
All the other kids with the 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

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
All the other kids with the 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



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    UnregisteredJun 4, 2012 at 12:03 am
    It's a homicidal youth who's isolated from his peers (the cowboy/lone ranger reference). He thinks of himself as cool like the cigarette. He wants to take revenge against the affluent kids, who are the only ones who can afford the reebok pumps shoes (pumped-up kicks), and has found a gun in his father's closet to do it. He's biding his time. In the chorus, he wants to shoot all of the kids (hence taking out his anger) and tells them to 'outrun my gun'. The second verse implies that he is neglected at home as well (iced dinner) by his father, who abuses him (the surprise). He also wants to shoot his father, and is smoking his cigarette to pass the time. He's out of his wits the whole time, which might explain the upbeat tone.
  • u
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    UnregisteredMay 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    I love meth too. The song is not about a kid with a gun. The song is about shoes. Patent leather shoes. The gun part is about the cow they kill to make the leather shoes. Not sure why some think this is about revenge and bullying - are you fools reading the same lyrics? Either way, the song rocks and I sing it on the basketball court when dunking over the weaker kids!
  • u
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    UnregisteredFeb 28, 2012 at 4:04 am
    His father is a some violent trailer trash kind of guy who "works" late, (really going to get drunk in some bar after work). He'll bring the boy a "surprise" which is what his father announces to his son when he comes home from the dumpy bar with a drunk woman. "hey surprise son! Hah hah hah! Look at this drunk b?that followed me home from work! Now get the f... Out of here i got to take care of this babe while she's still too drunk to see me! Hah hah hah! Now get your f?en a$$ out or i'll kill you you little bastard! " kind of thing.
    Then daddy will go get "dinner" for himself and his drunken woman, which is more beer, (beer cans packed in ice). The beer has to be in ice since the father smashed the refridgerator apart in one of his previous drunken rages. Now all they have is a cooler with ice they steal from some near by place that sells bags of ice.
    The boy runs out of the shack for the night and wants to but can't shoot his own father, so he will kill off those in crowd popular kids getting to live a normal life he sees every day in school. Those kids not living his miserable life of haing a mother who ran off, leaving him behind with a drunk and mean father to raise him since he was a small child. A father who won't even get him those fancy puped up kicks all the normal kids get to have.
  • u
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    UnregisteredJan 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm
    I love this song! I like the "suspense" that this song brings. "all the other kids with the pumped up kicks you better run,better run,outrun my gun! "this song definitely reminds me of halloween, because it reminds me of my friends and their outrageous pranks at a party we went to. We were chasing each other around the yard in the dark and I was singing the chorus part to this song. Thanks, foster the people! ;)
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    3 days ago at 8:45 pm
    Alright well the song maybe ain't about Tate but Tate maybe is created based on the song? The lyrics could be made to fit him and his life in Murder House. or maybe he's made to fit the lyrics. Do you get it?
    I read about the song and it's not about Tate, but I still think that Tate may be created based on this lyrics.

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