Falling Rain, Pumped Up Kicks, And That Song Stuck In Your Head

I’m sure you’ve had those moments when a song will pop in your head. A recent rain storm reminded me of an old song by The Cascades. “Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain…” sounds so nice except that the rest of the lyric didn’t fit in with my mood at the time, which was the rain. The song was more about love lost, and well, I wasn’t feeling that right now. Oh well.

That brings to mind another song. There’s a popular song by Foster The People called “Pumped Up Kicks” which I got hooked on when I heard the chorus playing on my son’s cell phone. It’s a catchy song which easily got stuck in my head. Thinking it would be nice to know the words to the song, I did a search. Well, I didn’t know what to make of what I found. Poking around further, I found this answer to the question, “What is ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ about?”:

‘Pumped Up Kicks’ is about a kid that basically is losing his mind and is plotting revenge. He’s an outcast. I feel like the youth in our culture are becoming more and more isolated. It’s kind of an epidemic. Instead of writing about victims and some tragedy, I wanted to get into the killer’s mind, like Truman Capote did in ‘In Cold Blood.’ I love to write about characters. That’s my style. I really like to get inside the heads of other people and try to walk in their shoes.

Well, after reading the lyrics and this explanation, this song is ruined for me. Still, I’m having trouble getting that chorus out of my head…