Pumped Up Kicks



I love music. Not in the “OMG, like, what would life be without music.. like, i could, like, dance around the whole dayyyyy” kinda way. But more in the I wish it could be my profession. In the way that music is a lifestyle for me. Hahahah okay that sounded lame. I am not a bimbo, I promise! 

Peyton Sawyer from ‘One Tree Hill’ could not have said it more accurately. It does not make you less of a person if you are either. I am definitely a lyrics person. The words of a song determines whether it is a good song or not (to me). Listening to a song’s words and understanding what the writer meant when he/she wrote it makes a song even more beautiful for me. 

I know many people who have music preference based on how it sounds like, regardless of what the singer is saying. I remember, as a kid, there was an anime phase that I went through (admit it, many of you did tooooo.) and I listened to Japanese songs a lot. My dad used to say,”You don’t even know what they are saying, they could be cursing you for all you know.” That stuck with me. Until today. Harsh words to be told to an eight year old.  

It is important to know what you are singing or listening to. I was just watching American Idol earlier, and one of the contestants sang Foster the People’s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’. I always thought it was an alright song, catchy tune. Never really thought about what it meant. But then one of the judges commented that it was a dark song hidden behind a catchy, perky tune. So I googled it. (Side note: I google everything. Google is my best friend.) 

“Pumped Up Kicks” is also a song about a kid preparing to shoot his classmates at school.

Yeah. Shocking. Then I looked at the lyrics and really tried to understand the song. It made total sense. IT’S A HOMICIDAL SONG. What. Why would they do something like that?!! 

Foster said in a statement to CNN.com, “I wrote ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ when I began to read about the growing trend in teenage mental illness. I wanted to understand the psychology behind it because it was foreign to me. It was terrifying how mental illness among youth had skyrocketed in the last decade. I was scared to see where the pattern was headed if we didn’t start changing the way we were bringing up the next generation.”

Now, do you see why lyrics are so important? And it means so much more now that I understand where the song came from. My respect for Foster the People grew after reading this. 

I am not forcing people to LOVE LYRICS. But, it is good to open up our minds a little and look at the bigger picture (there is always a bigger picture). Curiosity is good. A little curiosity never killed anyone (heh, it kills cats, but then again, I’m not really a cat person).





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