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Not that his brother runs very fast

My older son (age 5) was humming along with that "Pumped-Up Kicks" song in the car today, and sang part of it as "...better run, better run, faster than my brother." It was very cute, especially given that his little brother was in fact in the car with us. So I didn't have the heart to tell him the real lyrics. ("Bullets," not "brother.")

I mean, if they're really talking about a school shooting, that's pretty creepy. But as countless numbers of us have done for decades with The Evil Rock Music, I'll just ignore the disturbing lyrics and focus on the catchy beat.

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ladymurmur
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
My 3-year-old nephew likes to sing along with the Beyonce song "I'm a singin' baby! I'm a singin' baby!" (All the single ladies). :-)
mollyringle
Jan. 10th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
Hee! Well, if he likes it, he better put a ring on it.
wildecate
Jan. 9th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Mine was kicking a groove to "I Like To Move It Move It!"
mollyringle
Jan. 10th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
Hehe! Cute. We should put on the Full Monty soundtrack for them.
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mollyringle
Jan. 10th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
I know, right? (As the kids these days say.) But whatever. Rock music's always gone for shock value and/or playing innocent when it isn't actually. It's still darn catchy.
naill_renfro
Jan. 9th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
Eh, the stuff we listened to when we were kids. It's pretty hard for anything in a song to shock or offend me, except maybe racism. (Yes, I am talking about you, Morrissey, and by "shock or offend" I mean "annoy.") My niece has Pumped Up Kicks as her iPhone's wake-up tune, so every morning at 6 AM a song about shooting up a school nags her to get up and go to school... Hm. Maybe Rock'n'Roll High School would be a better choice after all.
mollyringle
Jan. 10th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
I thought of you guys with that song, since I remembered you saying your kids liked it. Well, you know, anger does wake a person up, so maybe if it stirs her resentment against her fellow students just enough to get her out of bed...or something... :)

Yeah, there's been creepiness in rock music for as long as there's been rock music. I usually ignored that as a teen, but ate up the sexual innuendoes with avidity and giggles. Actually I still do that.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 10th, 2012 07:38 am (UTC)
My parents fondly recount my singing "Happy Bon, Hap-Happy Bon" instead of "Help me, Rhonda, help-help me, Rhonda"...so the older son is in good company. It must be genetic. :D

In other news, "Pumped Up Kicks" is a great song.

-Sally
mollyringle
Jan. 10th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
If this is cousin Sally rather than some other Sally: hee, that's cute! And I remember you saying "Happy happy happy!" a lot when you were a toddler. You were just that positive a person. :)

I know Peggy and I misheard a LOT of lyrics. In the Monkees' "She Hangs Out," we thought "How old'd you say your sister was?" was "I want to see your sister waltz." Because that makes sense.
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