The song “Kids” by MGMT is about the sad trend of people regarding children as life accessories. They wanted a child, liked the idea of a happy baby crawling around among them, but the reality was something different. The child is too loud, does not control itself, and asks for more than its bare needs.
It’s a very sad song.
You were a child
Crawling on your knees toward it
Making momma so proud
But your voice is too loud
A child is being addressed. The mother is proud of the child for crawling, but this achievement and pride is caveated with the statement that the child is too loud. Child are loud, frequently loud. The mother would prefer that the child be seen and not heard, it seems.
We like to watch you laughing
Picking insects off plants
No time to think of consequences
They like it when the child is happy. Who doesn’t like the sound of laughter? They do not like it so much when the child is loudly unhappy, as has been alluded to earlier.
Take only what you need from it
They are insisting that the child control itself and live strictly according to its needs. Children, generally speaking, are not the best as self-control. In a world that we are warned is overpopulated, in which people consume more than their fair share, it seems transgressive to some to have a child. So, perhaps feeling guilty, they insist that the child not over-consume and control itself.
A family of trees wanted to be haunted
I picture a child crawling around the floor; from its perspective, the legs of the people standing about are like a forest. The family wanted to have a baby among them, like a forest haunted.
The water is warm
But it’s sending me shivers
A baby is born
Crying out for attention
The memories fade
Like looking through a fogged mirror
Decisions are made and not bought
But I thought this wouldn’t hurt a lot
I guess not
The mother had a water birth. Despite the hype about natural home birth, the experience was more painful than was expected.