Pumped Up Kicks

FosterThePeople“Pumped Up Kicks” became a viral success in 2010 for the American indie pop band, Foster the People, garnering the group a record deal from Startime International. In 2011, they released their first album, Torches, which included “Pumped Up Kicks”. It finished the year as the sixth-best-selling digital song of the year with 3.84 million copies sold. Foster the People received five nominations on the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, winning rock song of the year for “Pumped Up Kicks”. Though the lyrics are dark, and may be disturbing to some, the song has an upbeat sound made for dancing–which I’m prone to do while listening.

Lyrics follow video.

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 his mouth.
He’s a cowboy kid.

Yeah! He found a six-shooter gun
in his dad’s closet, with the 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 better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

Daddy works a long day.
He 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 sleight of my hand is now a quick-pull trigger.
I reason with my cigarette,
Then say, “Your hair’s on fire, you must have lost your wits, yeah?”

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

(Run, Run, Run, Run. Run, Run.
R-Run, Run, Run.
R-Run.
R-Run, Run, Run.
R-Run.
Run, Run.
Run, Run.
Run, Run, Run.)

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

Read more: Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks Lyrics | MetroLyrics

26 thoughts on “Pumped Up Kicks

  1. Musically speaking it does have a pleasant melodic beat throughout. But I feel that the melodic beat also serves to focus the listener on the repetitive lyrics that are thought provoking and meant to get people thinking about the cultural past-times, boredom, the access to guns, and individual choices for what they do to get their “Pumped up Kicks.” That’s just my take on it, Cathy.

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  2. This song is amazing! The first time I really ‘heard’ the lyrics was when I heard a stripped/ acoustic version of it on The Voice USA.

    ‘Are You What You Want To Be’ is also a rally GREAT song by them.

    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  3. It’s funny that the song always felt dark to me but I never knew why, never looked up the lyrics / thought about them too much as it was only on the radio early in the morning driving to work. I feel like I missed a deeper meaning to the song that I grew tired of because radio in Toronto play everything until it is beyond over played. Now I can listen with fresh ears, thank you.

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