I have kind of liked the song "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People for a while but I never listened to the words. I thought it they were saying, "something something something, la la la, my bucket." It's such a happy, lighthearted tune, it even has whistling! I just assumed the lyrics were something happy and lighthearted. Something to do with a guy's bucket. When I was driving Sam to his first day of school this morning the song came on and I was singing along with it, and telling him how much I love it, and isn't it great to go to school the first day and hear such a happy song on the radio? Turn it UP! What a great day! I decided I liked it so much that I would download it so when I came back home, that's what I did. While it was loading I looked up the lyrics to see what could be so interesting about that guy's bucket, but they weren't saying bucket, they were saying bullet. The song is about a kid who gets a hold of a gun (a six shooter!) and goes after all the mean kids with the "pumped up kicks." The chorus says:
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.
I read that and said, "........ oh." And then I thought about how I sent my ninth grader off to his first day of high school humming a tune about a kid shooting his peers. Best. Mothering. Ever.
I still love the song, and I might love it even more because I find the duplicity kind of hilarious. "Run before I shoot you! Hee hee! Whistle whistle! *skip skip skip* La la la... BTW nice shoes!"