My sister just pointed out to me that this song is about a Columbine-style massacre (or, on closer examination, I guess just maybe daydreaming about doing it).
Now I’m trying to figure out:
- Why it has such a catchy beat.
- Why it took me this long to notice that THAT’S what this song is about, when it’s been on the radio all the time for awhile now. And—while we’re on the subject—has anyone ELSE noticed it and been somewhat unnerved by that fact? Or is everyone just vaguely singing along to the beat and not hearing “You better run, better run, faster than my bullets”?
- What are Foster The People (‘is’ FTP?) trying to say with this? That school-shootings have been reduced to a head-noddable song, that we all hear about it without even noticing what’s going on anymore, it’s just part of the American landscape now?
It’s late. I’m getting tangential. And I really hope that that last bit makes less sense when I’ve had a good night’s sleep to think about it, because if it does still ring true later, I think maybe there’s something wrong[er] now than usual.
Can’t put my finger on it, quite, but it’s bugging me.