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Foster the People: Pumped Up Kicks Meaning

Song Released: 2010

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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
Yeah found a six-shooter gun
In his dad's closet hidden in a box of fun things, I don't...

  1. anonymous
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    Oct 24th 2011 report

    As for the interpretation.....who cares!!!
    We all like the catchy tune....just sing along with the voilent theme .....because a rapper's got nothing to do with it... so its okay to promote the power of a gun!! You better run....I bet Iced T is sing this song right now.....God bless Stupid America!!!!

  2. anonymous
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    Oct 21st 2011 report


  3. anonymous
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    Oct 19th 2011 report

    It's about a kid being bullied at school and from a broken home he decides to right all the wrongs in his life with his fathers gun.

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 19th 2011 report

    Robert is a kid who is picked on for being poor and his father works hard for all they have. He has had it up to here with his life and finds his dads gun in the closet. He plans on killing his father but realizes he works hard and late for him and his fathers always bring him little surprises maybe that he lost his job again in the current economy. In the end he realizes he must be crazy to think of killing his dad for what he will put him through, so he goes and shoots his bullies and the kids with everything he does not have who make fun of what he has which is not much. Sad

  5. anonymous
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    Oct 16th 2011 report

    I don't think "Robert" is going to be killing anyone but himself. The allusion to school violence is just a fantasy relating to the "power" a firearm could wield as he is waiting for daddy to come home. Dinner packed in ice is referring to his dead body. The surprise is the shock on his dad's face when be sees his son commit suicide in front of him.

    If I am mistaken and the song is about a school shooting it is clearly not about Columbine as those two boys had their own secret arsenal, and were not reliant on a neglectful parent's revolver. Also those kids weren't exactly secretive about their intentions.

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 12th 2011 report

    I think the song is about the Columbine shooting

  7. Monica
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    Oct 12th 2011 report

    Its about the Von Maur Shooting in Iowa On Dec. 5, 2007

  8. anonymous
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    Oct 11th 2011 report

    I think this song is about a lunatic kid
    who kills his dad and thinks it's right

  9. anonymous
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    Oct 11th 2011 report

    LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The shooting rampage of Robert Butler Jr (photo below) has killed Vicki Kaspar, confirms Millard South High School today. Robert Butler Jr killed himself after shooting Millard South High School Principal Curtis Chase and Vice Principal Vicki Kaspar.

    Kaspar, listed as critical initially, died Wednesday night. Case remained in serious but stable condition as of Wednesday evening.

    Millard South High School is still trying to figure out what went wrong when it accepted transfer student Robert Butler Jr last October. Robert Butler Jr is the latest in a growing trend of high school and college students turning to violence before taking their own lives. But unlike other recent news stories, this student wanted to make one message clear; he blamed his school for allegedly changing him for the worse.

    During news briefings yesterday, Robert Butler Jr’s former principal called Butler a normal, popular and happy student. But that was not the case hours before. Robert Butler Jr had taken to Facebook and posted amessage ( details here) that blamed Millard South High School and warned of the looming violence.

    On Wednesday, Principal Curtis Case had shown up to work to help to educate his students. But by midday, he was trying to save their lives.

    Few details about the chaos has yet to be released. But by some accounts, Case may have saved countless lives. He rushed into the school’s cafeteria and told students to get into the kitchen. A shooting had erupted.

    It remains unclear when Kaspar and Case were shot. But Butler’s hits were targeted, his escape planned. He quickly left the scene in a red Honda before police could arrive and respond. Only thirty minutes later, his vehicle was found parked. Robert Butler Jr had shot himself.

    Where did Butler, the son of on Omaha Police Department detective, get the gun? Was it a police issued firearm? Were there warning signs? No, said Lincoln Southwest High School officials Wednesday.

    “I know I greatly affected the lives of the families I ruined, but I’m sorry” wrote Butler on Facebook.


  10. cierahaynes
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    Oct 10th 2011 report

    It is about a boy who is bullied.
    In the first verse, "He found a six shooter gun. In his dad's closet hidden in box of fun things and I dont even know what." Meaning drugs.
    Stating that "he is a cowboy kid" meaning he likes the story tale.
    Pumped up kicks = Nike airs.
    Second verse: "Daddy works a long day" -meaning he is never home. He comes home drunk. "..he's bringing me a surprise." -meaning he will beat him. "'Cause dinners in the kitchen and its packed in ice." (proves the meaning)"..the slight of my hand is now a quick pull trigger.." -meaning he shot his father.
    "All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, you'd better run, better run, outrun my gun." (all the kids at his school who have bullied him)

  11. anonymous
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    Oct 9th 2011 report

    Someone told me it was about Columbine shooting, but now that i listen to the song and hear "robert has a quick hand" i think it is about Robert Hawkins and the mall shooting...but i have no idea..

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 9th 2011 report

    i think that it means that Robert is a kid that has been bullied and he finds a gun in his dads closet and goes to his school acting all cool and has a gun and wants to start shooting the people that bullied him. The bullies are the ones with pumped up kicks so more popular.

  13. anonymous
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    Oct 7th 2011 report

    This is what my friend told me. The band Foster the People was started when the band members were 10. when the lyrics in the song took place they were 14. There were also four of them. One of the kids was poor and had many mental disorders. Because of his mental disorders he was bullied in school. One of the bullies was a 12 year-old kid with "pumped up kicks". One day they all meet up he tells the kid " you better run faster then my bullet " and he gave him a head start. Then he took out a gun, probably from his drunk and abusive father, and shot the kid in he head. He was put in a mental hospital for life for all his diseases.
    That was 10 years ago. According to the lyrics I suppose that he is a loner and spends most of his time smoking cigarettes. Then you have the abusive father who drinks too much.

  14. anonymous
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    Oct 7th 2011 report

    i think it means hes gonna eat mushroomsa and trip nuts

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  15. anonymous
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    Oct 6th 2011 report

    A boy named robert bringins a gun to school is all I know.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway

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