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Two of my favorite songs of the last decade. I would blithely sing along, thinking that Ben was kind of unhappy with his relationship, and that Foster the People had bought some new tennis shoes. Recently I have found out that Brick is about Ben and his girlfriend getting an abortion, and Pumped Up Kicks is about the shooting up of the singer’s school, like Columbine.

Brick
“Up the stairs to the apartment
She is balled up on the couch
Her mom and dad went down to Charlotte
They’re not home to find us out
And we drive”

Pumped Up Kicks
“Yeah, he found a six shooter gun in his dad’s closet
hidden 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”

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