November 4, 2011

The Happiest Homicide Song [Foster the People]

If you know me, then you know I love music.
I listen to it all the time.

Frequently, words and phrases in everyday conversations trigger song lyrics in my brain, which then gets the tune stick in my head and foot a-tapping to the beat.

Do you ever notice when a song's music doesn't quite seem to fit with its lyrics?
Not in terms of rhythm; I mean in its message.

One of the current hits is "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People.
I'm hooked on the song, just like a lot of people are. Such a happy tune. Kind of beachy-nostalgic style, and the lead and back-up voices match well.

But have you noticed the lyrics? Really listened to them?

In case you didn't quite catch them, here's the first verse plus the chorus:
"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 hidden with a box of fun things, and 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'd better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet."
Yes, this song is about a kid planning to take his dad's gun and shoot his classmates.
Pretty dark stuff for such a chipper, upbeat tune. That's why I was so surprised when I realized what the lyrics were saying.

Do you know of any other songs that have lyrics that don't match the music style?


  1. Oh my gosh! I had no idea, those were the words!! Love it!

  2. Mostly just "City sidewalks, busy sidewalks..." who knew that Silver Bells was so simple?!