…on Tuesday. Just because I didn’t get around to it yesterday.
I posted this on facebook this morning:
Question: This is a very catchy upbeat sounding song…until you listen to the lyrics. Is there something I’m missing here? Is there a meaning to the lyrics that isn’t as dark sounding as I take them to be? If you have young-ish kids, would you want them listening to this?
As a side note, these lyrics were pointed out to me by my daughter – the same one I used to argue with over the lyrics in the rap songs that she listened to as a teen (which I always thought were very degrading to women).
I got the following comment to this post from my nephew’s girlfriend, Melissa, who apparently did a little digging:
one of the band members described this song in a magazine article “Pumped Up Kicks’ is about a kid that basically is losing his mind and is plotting revenge. He’s an outcast. I feel like the youth in our culture are becoming more and more isolated. It’s kind of an epidemic. Instead of writing about victims and some tragedy, I wanted to get into the killer’s mind, like Truman Capote did in In Cold Blood. I love to write about characters. That’s my style. I really like to get inside the heads of other people and try to walk in their shoes.”
Foster says he considered writing the song from the perspective of the victim, but felt that would be a cop out. He also points out that there is no actual violence in the song, as the threats are all the kid’s internal monologue.
Thanks, Melissa, that’s interesting. One of the things that is bothersome to me is that the song has real catchy upbeat music so that draws you in before you listen to the lyrics. We noticed that on some stations they are blanking out the words “bullets” and “gun”. I guess what disturbs me the most is that there are kids who listen to these songs that are on the edge. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to send that over that edge…and they’re singing about that very kid. My opinion anyhow.
I’ve always been disturbed by certain lyrics in songs that are aimed at young people. Kids don’t always have the ability to separate the entertainment factor from real life. I could go on and on and I know that there are many who don’t agree and I realize that I may sound like a stick in the mud.
I would really love to hear what you all think…