Pumped Up Kicks
Foster the People Lyrics


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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 found a six shooter gun
In his dad's closet, oh in a 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'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
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

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
And say your hair's on fire, you must have lost your wits, yeah

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
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

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
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

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

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to this song, Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People, present a disturbing narrative of a young boy, Robert, who has access to a gun and plans to use it on his classmates. The first verse describes Robert's preparation as he smokes a rolled cigarette and finds a six-shooter gun in his dad's closet. The chorus then warns the listener that all the other kids with "pumped up kicks" better run faster than Robert's gun. In the second verse, we learn that the singer's father works long hours and brings home a surprise, dinner packed in ice. The singer has been waiting a long time and has now become the one with the "quick pull trigger," reasoning with his cigarette and accusing someone of "losing their wits."


It's almost impossible to miss the warning and frightening thoughts behind these lyrics, that someone is going to perform an act of violence. The phrase "pumped up kicks" likely refers to designer footwear that is considered trendy and popular, but the song portrays them in a more ominous light - as a symbol of privilege and a target for violence.


Line by Line Meaning

Robert's got a quick hand
Robert is skilled and adept at handling objects quickly.


He'll look around the room, he won't tell you his plan
He's observing his surroundings, but keeping his intentions hidden.


He's got a rolled cigarette
He has a lit cigarette in his mouth.


Hanging out his mouth he's a cowboy kid
He's casually smoking and seems to have a rebellious, carefree attitude.


Yeah found a six shooter gun
Robert discovered a revolver.


In his dad's closet, oh in a box of fun things
The revolver was hidden away among unrelated objects in the father's closet.


I don't even know what
The singer of the song is unaware of what else was in that box.


But he's coming for you, yeah he's coming for you
Robert intends to use the revolver against someone.


Daddy works a long day
The father works a full and tiring schedule.


He be coming home late, and he's coming home late
The father comes home very late from work.


And he's bringing me a surprise
The father has a gift or present as a surprise for the singer.


'Cause dinner's in the kitchen and it's packed in ice
The father brought home dinner that needs to be refrigerated.


I've waited for a long time
The singer has been eagerly awaiting this moment.


Yeah the sleight of my hand is now a quick pull trigger
The singer now sees his manual dexterity and quick reflexes as an advantage to using a firearm.


I reason with my cigarette
The singer justifies his actions with reflection while smoking a cigarette.


And say your hair's on fire, you must have lost your wits, yeah
The artist taunts his victims, suggesting they are panicked and unable to react.


All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
The other young people around him are confident and assertive.


You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
The singer forewarns his potential targets that they need to run quickly to escape his firearm.


You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
The singer predicts that he will fire his gun if they don't outrun him.


All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
The same as above


You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
The same as above


You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
The same as above


All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
The same as above


You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
The same as above


You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
The same as above


All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
The same as above


You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
The same as above


You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
The same as above


All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
The same as above


You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun
The same as above


You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet
The same as above




Lyrics ยฉ Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Mark Derek Foster

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@jakefromstatefarm6036

Lyrics: Robert's got a quick hand
He'll look around the room, but 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, and with a 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'd be coming home late, yeah, 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
R-r-r-run, run, run, run
R-r-r-run, run, run, run
R-r-r-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



@man_child77

Robert's got a quick hand
He'll look around the room, but 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, and with a 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'd be coming home late, yeah, 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
R-r-r-run, run, run, run
R-r-r-run, run, run, run
R-r-r-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

0:01 a 4:16 fueron los mejores momentos xd



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@madisonshannen6083

Quiet kid: i always liked you.. dont come to school tommorow

Me: Say sike right now

@gurtbag4252

Partially stolen, but I'll allow it

@honeylavender4143

Gurtbag ๐Ÿ˜‚

@menkirdennis6686

I love that meme
Piranha plant is funny

@spiritninja5757

Better listen to that advice

@michaeltyomin2128

That's actually very sad what some unlucky kids have to bare in the best years of their lives. I was a basketball star in high-school and had literally the best time of my life. Not a day passed without me dreaming of re-living high-school. It is extremely sad to me what some young teenagers have to deal with in some states where guns circulate freely.

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@jhaber1609

Life was better when this song was everywhere.

@MtnDewforever

Sept. 2010-2011.. back when life was easier
simpler times

@streetsmart1346

its funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different

@winterdreams4635

Even after a decade has past this song still sound fresh.

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