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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's 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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    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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    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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  • U
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    Unregistered
    I think that the artist is criticizing his parents for the lack of attention he got and eventually them ignoring him completely. it hurt but the memories fade and he ends up making similar mistakes with his child(ren). this is basically bringing about the whole idea that we are our parents and everything we never liked about them.
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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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  • U
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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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    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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    Unregistered
    This song is related to what's going on in our world and will soon be exposed fully in 2019. Child trafficking, pedofilia, pizza gate, adrenochrome obtained by terrorizing the children then killing them and eating their flesh and drinking their blood for the high, Disney grooming children for MK ULTRA. Parents selling their children and selling their souls.
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    Apuckett3
    When you're a kid you don't think about what you're doing, you just do it. You throw a ball, no thinking about how fragile windows are. When you get older you start to see your actions affect you and others. Your voice is too loud is showing someon older wishing that he or she was still younger and could share in the fun without feeling responsibility weighing on their shoulders. The water is warm but it's sending me shivers, meaning maybe it looks cool but they have already grown up and knows that it won't have good consequences. There is a point in everyone's life where you grow up. Some are forced to take responsibility because others won't and that makes them tough. Others grow up but are still children on the inside because life gave them an easy deal of cards. Either way we all mature.
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    Unregistered
    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 disa.
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    disappointed
    I met a girl a while back that would always play this song on the jukebox, she really loves it, I kind of like it myself. Though I don't think she interprets it like I do or she wouldn't like it most likely. Anyway one night she was in a bad way and told me about her best friend that had died from using heroine a year earlier and how her sister had a baby the same day. For some reason I've thought about this song ever since and I can't get it and the heroine story out of my mind, it seems coincidental. I held her hand for two hours as she got through it, I never seen her again. Hope she's ok!
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    scmnorcal
    Liyn, How is taking only what you need different from saving the Earth? Too many people think benevolent actions will save the world. Maybe It's the absence of malevolent actions that is needed; but its easy to be a "hero" for doing something. It is much more difficult and more effective to abstain from actions that are toxic to this existance. And couldn't this be one of life's most important lessons? Greed can be placed near the top of the list of sins. Wait, it is. Greed, one of the 7 deadly sins. Our greed may destroy the world. Can you see the connection now?
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    Unregistered
    What I took into consideration of these lyrics is that when the world is falling apart, and mom and dad are wanting the best for you, they're focusing on your happiness rather than scaring you with what's happening all over the world. This child is content due to the presence of both of his parents making him laugh, so that when he grows up and looks back to this very moment; he'll see how happy he use to be, how the world was perfectly at ease referring to the fact that his parents gave him no sign or note that the world is being destroyed by the generation of kids and the decisions and choices that were previously being made. When we make wrong decisions thinking they're right decisions, we don't tend to notice how they're affecting those around us; like family or friends for example. The choices we make affect not only those around us, but also the population of people and the destruction of the next generation that will eventually set foot in this earth like we have. The more destruction we make, and the wrong decisions we make for ourselves are killing the earth and possessing people to do such inadequate things. Eventually, if everyone keeps doing harm, the world's going to end with more tragic and unfortunate events that have already took place.
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    tiiituuu
    I think, this song is trying to tell us that everything is everything. Little things matters "We like to watch you laughing,
    You pick the insects off plants, No time to think of consequences". So things you did when you were little and everyone (and u) were thinkin that it's ok. But you are maybe kind of doing those things still another way and it's not funny anymore. You know, exhaust, cigarette, water pollution etc. Sorry for my bad english:/
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