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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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    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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    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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    It is about a boy called robert that was abused by his father so one night when his father got home from work robert set him on fire, stole his gun and went to the local shopping mall where he made the rich kids (which are reffered to as with pumped up kicks as they were very popular but also very expensive shoes that only the rich could afford) run around and if they did 't run fast enough he would shoot them. Not very nice but when you listen to the lyrics it really does make sense.
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    "Robert" is an outcast but not by choice. He lives in an abusive poor household and is neglected. His classmates and others his age dislike him and bully him. The taunts remind him of the faults in his life. He is very different. He thinks differently and has built up anger. He goes on an anger induced attack. The "pumped up kicks" speak of how his victims are those who bullied him and taunted him for having less the shoes are implying they have more money and belongings than him. His father is a drunkard the surprise is either a new woman from the bar or abuse. The "dinner" is alcohol. He waited so long to carry out his plan of attack and now he will be known for it. He reasons but not over the carry out of the attack. He finally had his chance to turn the tables taunt the bullies saying they lost their wits for fearing someone who in their eyes was lesser.
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    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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