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MGMT – Kids lyrics

You were a child
Crawling on your knees toward it
Making momma so proud,
But your voice was too loud

We like to watch you laughing,
You pick the insects of plants
No time to think of consequences

[Chorus:]
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanted
To be haunted

[Chorus:]
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanted
To be haunted

The water is warm
But it’ sending me shivers
A baby is born
Crying out for attention

The memories fade
Like watching through a fogged mirror
Decision to decisions are made
And not bought,
But I thought this wouldn't hurt a lot.
I guess not

[Chorus:]
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanted
To be haunted

[Chorus:]
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanted
To be haunted



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    princessnubie
    I think ths song its about life and death, "u were a child , making ur momma so proud ! then u start to growing up "We like to watch you laughing,
    You pick the insects off plants
    No time to think of consequences = you don't think about what's going to happen you just enjoying ur days as a child.
    Take only what you need from it = I think he means take only what life gaves you.
    A family of trees wanted To be haunted = we going to die anyway and at the end of the day we only going to haunted our own family tree (like our great-grandparents. The memories fade
    Like looking through a fogged mirror = life's is nothing, we all going to be forgotten and our memories will disapear and become fade.
    Sorry I may have made some mistake in english, I speak french!
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    scmnorcal
    We are crawling on our knees to get what we want which makes mother proud to see us succeed, but our wants and goals are decisions based on decisions, not decisions based on the archetypal constant thoughout human experience that guides us collectively. We are moving away from our connection with eachother. Our intereaction used to be tribal and based on us. Now they have become based on media/materials that are not neccesary but self indulgent leisure or power. I like to think that the trees wanting to be haunted is the opportunity to become so old that they will become haunted, instead of loud babies(us) harvesting more than we need before some of the oldest living things on earth have a chance to become haunted. Maybe the water is warm but it is toxic and causing him to shiver. The memories fade because with every passing generation our detachment from our Mother Earth becomes more normal and our increasingly toxic environment is becoming normal. When compared with something bad, something a little worse is not horrible, but to compare where we are now to where we were before the industrial revolution would shock the frog out of the slowly heated water before it boils.
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    Unregistered
    Seems to me it's less about children and more about life in general in the context of the modern world. The journey from child to adulthood and accepting the diffuculties of living with the descisions you've made in a way you never do as a child; including the descisions the older generation made about the environment and it's ramifications for the next. Meanwhile, the straightfoward good advice of the chorus echoes as the song (and life) goes on.
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    vpham
    I think these lyrics are deeper than most of what you folks are saying. These are about how we start out innocent and fearless when we're young. As we get older, we learn about and reap consequences. We make decisions easily, not knowing of the consequences, not realizing how much the long-term consequences and effects will eventually hurt us in life. As we suffer the effects of our choices, we should learn to control ourselves -- our anger, our hurt -- to learn from our poor choices and mistakes, and to "take only what we need from it." Everything seems "warm" and innocent (baby) in the beginning, but that warm water gets colder as we get older. All we can do is learn as we get older because everything is "haunted" and grows more haunted. A baby born is destined to be haunted in this life.
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    romulofaco
    I guess this song is about growing up, and the pain the comes with it.
    The pain that comes with taking chances, making choices ("Decision to decisions are made / And not bought"), dealing with the other ppl's expectations of who you're supposed to be ("Making Momma so proud" "We like to watch you laughing"), feeling lonely ("a baby is born crying out for attention") even when you think you're in the warmest and most-friendly places, but you're not ("the water is warm, but it's sending me shivers"), speaking up your mind, even when nobody wants to hear it ("your voice is too loud"). Those conflicts are necessary for one's growth.
    Growing up is not easy indeed ("I thought this wouldn’t hurt a lot. I guess not"), and it does make you miss the times when you were a kid, picking "insects out of plants", with "no time to think of consequences", which now seems like such a long time ago ("the memories fade"). But just when you think all of this is just too much to bare, remember to keep your act together, control yourself, take only of you need of so much responsability and woe and learn from it. And, last but not least, don't forget to unwind a bit, go back to picking "insects out of plants" once in a while, revisit your primal state of mind, pay a tribute to your own nature, because, maybe just maybe, there are still "a family of trees" waiting for you to hunt them.
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