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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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    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 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!
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    UnregisteredMay 27, 2012 at 3:32 am
    Its about a kid who thinks they don't 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 don't 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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    UnregisteredApr 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm
    I was going to buy the very upbeat song until I realized the lyrics were not "faster than my cousin" and "faster than my brother". Silly huh? When I was growing up that is who we had to "have our back" with fists, but no I will not buy the song that glorifies sniper killing of kids, even if I am wrong. I believe in the personal right to bear arms (second amendment) but not in songs that depict killing humans as sport. Too bad, it was a catchy tune but my perception is that it glorifies something I don't believe in.
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    UnregisteredMar 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm
    Its about a boy called robert, he got bullied when he was younger so he decided to try and find a gun "he found a six-shooter gun
    in his dad's closet with in a box of fun things
    I don't even know what" when he found the gun he decided to use it towards violence "all the other kids with the pumped up kicks
    you'd better run, better run, outrun my gun" the word "all the other kids" means the bullies and all the cool people they better run away from him or he'll shoot them.
    Emily :)

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