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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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    UnregisteredApr 22, 2014 at 12:12 am
    People are over thinking it. It probably is about what troubled kid is thinking about. It's not like that's rare. Every song that has ever been written is about what's on the writers mind or something he or she has observed that touches them in some way. The writers are the lucky ones that they have a way to let it out without hurting anyone! Song writers are awesome! Stop over thinking and enjoy the work they do!
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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.
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    UnregisteredMay 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm
    I think that it is a kid who has had enough, the problems with other kids, but also the dad working late and this kid has cook dinner and got it ready. This isn't the first time, but when it says daddy is bring home a surprise, myself i think it is that the kid isn't just having problems with other kids, but "surprise" are usually giving to cover for lost time or for the abuse that parent put yu through too, even sexually. The kids hands is quick to pull got the cig lite up and out of its wits..

    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"
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    UnregisteredMay 27, 2012 at 3:32 am
    Its about a kid who thinks they dont fit in and hes tierd of trying to fit in with the populare kids so he/she is considering killing them self or other people with the gun she/he had found and on top of that it sound like he/she dont have a very good family and it said that in the song daddy had a long day and hes bringing me a suprise which i thinks means he/she dad is not around very offen so he brings them stuff to try to make up for not being around and not being a very good dad
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    UnregisteredMay 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm
    As teenager grows into their early adult life being isolated from his better off peers and by his parent’s lack of concern and love; creates within him a loneliness, a depression, and a constant feeling of fear that leads his mind to some level of insanity in which he feels that violence is his only way out.

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