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MGMT - Kids - Lyrics Meaning

`Kids' by MGMT is on the surface simply a nostalgic reflection on the good times of childhood, as you dig deeper though you realize that isn't the case.

The two verses set the scene for juxtaposition between the happiness that comes with the freedom of youth and the weight of responsibility that bears down on the shoulders of an adult.

Beginning with the optimistic, `Crawling on your knees toward it, making momma so proud' is later mirrored with the `A baby is born, crying out for attention.' Now from this new perspective even the outside perspective of childhood is marred with potential pit falls.

Overall the theme of the song is repeated in the chorus, `Control yourself, and Take only what you need from it'.

An advisement from the writer to the listener to enjoy what they can from the recollections of their childhood while they can, while it is not like looking through a `fogged mirror'. In the nature of the songs conflicts though this is metered out by highlighting that looking into our families past is not our place, `Family Tress waiting to be haunted'.

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Feb 5, 2022 @ 11:11 am
I’ve been scrolling through the various interpretations of this songs meaning and see that mine is the most abstract by far lol.
From the almost the first time hearing the song it felt, to me like the song was being sung from the perspective of a creator, or some one observing humankind, the narrative speaking of mankind (kids) with all of our ideas and grand opinions “voice was too loud” and our inability to take care of the planet, “picking insects off plants, no time to think of consequences” and then “control yourself, take only what you need from it- a family of trees falling, to be haunted” and “the water is warm- but it’s sending me shivers” here I’m hearing our inability to maintain the natural balance of our planet, and inability our to use the planets resources sparingly so now as a result it’s causing global warming etc.
MGMT has always written songs in a very poetic, obscure way and I think the song Kids is a perfect example of that. Nothing in the song, including it’s title is meant to be taken literally, or at face value. But if you step back and listen from a different perspective you can really hear the depths and meaning of their song writing.
I would love to know of what everyone else thinks of my interpretation, or whether anyone out there knows the true meaning of the lyrics. Such a great song and an insanely talented duo!
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Sep 22, 2022 @ 9:21 pm
Like many legendary songs like Tool and a few others, I feel this sing relates to Recovery.

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