"Kentucky Pill" as written by and John Patrick Vivian Flynn....
A Kentucky pill
And a cow tipping expedition
And I've seen a fuller moon
Swinging wanton premonition

Did you ever expect to have more faith than this or that?
'Cause there's believing and there's taking off your hat
And there's reading
And there's reading this or that

I'm running from my old playmates
I'm running through the town
I'm running with a gun
That's gonna shoot my playmates down

Did you punch all those clocks?
Did you seal up those time bandits?
If you're playing on the swings
You can't be in the sand pit

I liked you when you wore those other clothes
I was into your thinking, where can I get one of those?
I would have picked your brains
I would have paid you through the nose

I'm running from my old playmates
I'm running through the town
I'm running with a gun
That's gonna shoot my playmates down

And I'm running
Oh I'm running
Oh oh yes I'm running
Oh I'm running
Oh oh oh

And the girls that you see
They're all faster than a train
You'll see the same girl
But you won't see that face again

Left the changes down to fate and happenstance
Picked a view point
Oh and how my girl can dance
Followed her feet
Realized she was watering the plants

I'm running from my old playmates
I'm running through the town
I'm running with a gun
That's gonna shoot my playmates down

And I'm running
Oh I'm running
Oh oh yes I'm running
Oh I'm running
Oh oh oh


Lyrics submitted by AW7Austin, edited by flynner

"Kentucky Pill" as written by Ian Dench, John Flynn, James Dring, Jody Street, Amanda Ghost

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., EMI Music Publishing

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    General Commentits swinging WANTON premonition

    it means mischievous and unrestrained
    wilco23on May 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI think it might be "did you expect to have more faith than this or that", simply because it goes with the next line about "believing".

    Also, "I'm running from my old playmates", not "for" which would make more sense with "I'm running with a gun that's gonna shoot my playmates down"

    "followed her feet" not "followed empty"
    "flowers" not "plants"
    dreamer91on August 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI wouldn't mind the lyrics being wrong if there weren't so many grammatical errors to go along with them.
    girlfromthenorthcountry13on January 14, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI've listened to this song over and over!

    "I'm running with a gun that's gonna shoot my playmates down" - people can change when entering adulthood and how we are born equal but society pushes us to become enemies.

    "You see the same girl but, you wont see that face again" - society and fashion are ridiculous and pushing us to change all the time, so all the girls he sees change constantly, to the point that he doesn't recognise them any more.

    "I liked you when you wore those other clothes" - He is shunning fashion: but he himself gets pulled into this commercial obsessed world "I would have payed you through the nose"

    "did you punch all those clocks?" - people don't wish to change and try to freeze time.

    "If you're playing on the swings you cant be in the sand pit" - you can't do everything in life because time runs out.
    dreamer91on August 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAm I the only one who thinks he's saying "I liked you when you wore those other clothes, I was into ya, thinking 'where can I get one of those?'"
    savemypancreason March 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song really makes me think directly about warfare. The line 'You see the same girl/But you won't see that face again' it sort of evocative of when soldiers go to war and return either a changed person themselves, or their loved ones have changed. Or, alternatively the solider has died.

    'Did you punch all those clocks' reminds me a lot of W. H. Auden's poem 'Stop all the Clocks.' It recognises a reaction to death.

    The chorus is extremely poignant - 'I'm running for my old playmates/I'm running through the town/I'm running with a gun/That's gonna shoot my playmates down.' This just brings to mind so many war related images. The playmates could refer to other soldiers and that the narrator is running in memory of those friends. Or, he's running to protect his playmates in a battle situation. It might seem like a civil war or not a formal war because the narrator's gun might even kill his friends/colleague/those he grew up with.

    Ah, it's such a beautiful song.
    lemonlaceon February 15, 2012   Link
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    General CommentOnion AV Club interviewer: The press release for your record talks about how you had kind of an idyllic Roald Dahl-like childhood, growing up catching trout and living on a farm. Weirdly, “Kentucky Pill,” on your record, reminds me of Roald Dahl, but in another way. Like in the “I’m secretly better than everyone and I will ultimately persevere” Matilda way. Did you mean to go there with that?

    Johnny Flynn: It’s generally a song about a sense of growing up. It’s about finding yourself to be slightly more dangerous and effective as a human being than you thought you could be. When you’re young, you live in a state of innocence, but eventually you realize that actions have wider consequences than you thought. As you grow up, as you get a sense of time, you stop living in your immediate presence. Your emotional world grows and you can kind of start being hard.

    It’s an abstract thing, but the song’s about all these situations you experience growing up that stop you from being innocent. It’s about wanting to hurt people and get hurt.

    AVC: Is that based on any specific personal experience?

    JF: It’s not explicitly a story from my own life, but it’s about little snippets and things. I used to go cow tipping, for one. I grew up in the country, so that’s par for the course, but then I started thinking about the cows, and that upset me. I realized that they were actually being hurt.
    smbschraderon September 27, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI couldn't add to my post, so I'll just add this here:

    A "Kentucky pill" is a bullet (old-timey American slang).
    smbschraderon September 27, 2013   Link

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