Song of the Day: “Kids” MGMT

mgmtA muffled countdown ends with children cheering; the synth crawls up and down with a simple kick and snare behind it. Playing double time in the back, a distorted, bassy synth
hums. A high-pitch synth is sustained, then all sounds except the bass are cut off when lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden comes in.

You were a child
Crawling on your knees toward it
Making momma so proud
But your voice is too loud
We like to watch you laughing
You pick the insects off plants
No time to think of consequences

As a kid, you worked towards your dreams, but you didn’t do it the way society expected you to. As adults, we don’t take kids seriously enough. We laugh for entertainment, and we don’t always teach them what it feels like to be realistic adults. Then comes the chorus:

Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanting to be haunted
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanting to be haunted

I think the chorus means to control yourself and take only positive qualities from your family tree. It’s waiting to be haunted, and history is wanting to repeat itself, but you have treeto be the change you wish to see.

My boyfriend thinks it means if your family tree is haunted, you’ll be left alone, so it’s favorable to be haunted. I mean, think about it: no one wants to walk towards a haunted tree unless you’re scripted to, like in The Conjuring. 

The water is warm
But it’s sending me shivers
A baby is born
Crying out for attention
Memories fade
Like looking through a fogged mirror
Decisions too
Decisions are made and not bought
But I thought this wouldn’t hurt a lot
I guess not

He has mixed emotions about life after seeing its stages, and he doesn’t understand its purpose. Memories just fade away, and he makes decisions that don’t have anything to do with the dreams he made as a child. He himself doesn’t buy into it. He thought life wouldn’t be painful, but it is.

Overall, this song has a much deeper meaning to me than the naked eye can see, and it represents generations of patterns and ignorance.

Thanks for reading, bunnies! ❤


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