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Pumped Up Kicks

Foster the People


Capo 1


Chord Guide


Em:   022000

      3    4

G:    3x0003


D:    xx0232


A:    x02220


Strum: D   X U   U X U

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


/ Em - - - / G - - - / D - - - / A - - - / x4


Em                                G

Robert's got a quick hand

         D                                          A

He'll look around the room he won't tell you his plan

Em                          G

Got a rolled cigarette

  D                                        A 

Hangin' out his mouth, he's a cowboy kid

          Em                             G

Yeah, found a six-shooter gun

           D                                    A

In his dad’s closet hidden with a box of fun things

Em                        G

I don't even know what

               D                                   A

But he's comin' for you, yeah he's comin for you, hey



Em                                    G

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks

                     D                   A

You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun

Em                          G

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks

             D                            A

You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet               



Repeat Chorus


Em                               G

Daddy works a long day

              D                               A

He'll be coming home late, he's coming home late

                Em                         G

And he's bringing me a surprise

     D                                                   A

‘Cause dinner's in the kitchen and it's packed in ice

         Em                        G

I've waited for a long time

         D                                     A

The slight of my hand is now a quick pull trigger

    Em                      G

I reason with my cigarette

                      D                                    A

And say your hair's on fire you must have lost your wits, yeah


Chorus x2


Instrumental:  / Em - - - / G - - - / D - - - / A - - - / x4


Chorus (acapella)


Chorus x3 (full band)


End on Em


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.