"Coming of Age" as written by and Mark Pontius Sean Cimino....
Well, I see ya standing there like a rabid dog
And you got those crying eyes
Makes me wanna surrender and wrap you in my arms
You know I try to live without regrets
I'm always moving forward and not looking back
But I tend to leave a trail of dead, while I'm moving ahead
So I'm stepping away
'Cause I got nothing to say

Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like
Like a coming of age
Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like a coming of age

And when my fear pulls me out to sea
And the stars are hidden by my pride and my enemies
I seem to hurt the people that I care the most
Just like an animal I protect my pride
When I'm too bruised to fight
And even when I'm wrong I tend to think I'm right

Well I’m bored of the game
And too tired to rage

Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like
Like a coming of age
Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like a coming of age

Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like
Like a coming of age
Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like a coming of age

Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like
Like a coming of age
Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like a coming of age


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"Coming of Age" as written by Mark Pontius Sean Cimino

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    My InterpretationI think this song is about a maturing relationship. Starts out early highschool love and then one of them breaks it off (so im stepping away) to try to figure themself out before they can try to figure each other out... Time passes, soul searching has been done, lifestyle changes has been made, etc. And the couple, now young adults (mid to late 20's?) are going to give it another shot now that they have an idea where they belong in the world - something that comes with age. :)
    Girldramaon February 08, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is about a person that has recently lost someone. They realize that they have been trying to find them self and in the process, have either taken advantage or have forgotten about the needs of the person that they care about most. They see the pain they have caused this person and try to reason with them self that they try to live in the moment and work ahead and to not live in the past. They realize that they have been consumed by fear. And because they did not want to admit they were afraid, they had their pride protect the conviction of their decisions even when they know they are wrong. Because of their pride, they hurt the people they care about most. They have been hurt in the past and are afraid of being hurt again or getting in a situation that would hurt their life. They worry so much about how people judge them (their enemies) and that they cannot see or acknowledge the beauty of the stars or the beauty of what life and love has to offer that is plain and simple right in front of their face. They are tired of fighting with their pride. They are tired of hurting themselves and others. They realize that their childish behavior needs to come to an end. A coming of age.
    skyopalon April 13, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe no has commented on this awesome song yet. It has this 80s sound to it. the melody is very memorable, and the chorus is just so catchy. In fact the chorus has been stuck in my head for days. Overall a very enjoyable song. I can't wait hear more from the new album. I have high expectations especially after hearing this song.
    whiteteethteenon January 27, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationComing of Age: it means to gain maturity. So did Foster The People after the praised Torches which was absolutely amazing, but maybe repetitive somehow.
    But now, the band is going in another direction. A direction that should disappoint a lot of Pumped Up Kicks-fans undoubtedly.

    "Girl I see ya standing there like a rabid dog
    And you got those crying eyes"
    > These fans will be angry, because the new sound isn't the same as PUK or the other songs of Torches; it sounds weird. They don't understand.

    "Makes me wanna surrender and wrap you in my arms"
    > A bit of compassion from the band towards those fans.

    "You know I try to live without regrets
    I'm always moving forward and not looking back"
    > Maybe the band sustained critics from close friends, plus they felt that their first album wasn't as good as they wanted to be. So, they decided to do what they want no matter what people would say and think.

    "But I tend to leave a trail of dead, while I'm moving ahead"
    > After "Torches", it seemed like they had disappeared. No information, no tweets, nothing. They were unofficially dead. Actually, they were just working on their new project ensuring that no one would ever disturb them.

    "So I'm stepping away
    Cause I got nothing to say"
    > By doing this new project (Supermodel), FTP creates a rupture between their first album and their new one. They marginalize themselves, and they find it appropriate to say nothing in order to justify that.

    "Feels like, feels like it’s coming
    It feels like, feels
    It’s like a coming of age"
    > That's it. Finally, they gained what they wanted: maturity. Now, they can do what they really wanted to do.

    "And when my fear pulls me out to sea
    And the stars are hidden by my pride and my enemies"
    > Really hard to decipher that. I can't see the meaning behind the first line but for the following one, the stars might represent something precious (their music).Maybe they try to hide their talent/aim (pride), as media do in another way (enemies).

    "I seem to hurt the people that I care the most"
    > This new direction won't satisfy everyone, even some of the most faithful fans of FTP.

    "Just like an animal I protect my pride
    When I'm too bruised to fight"
    > FTP feels this new album will be attended of aggressive critics and it could affect them. So, they will make their possible to keep their talent/aim and not make another PUK.

    "And even when I'm wrong I tend to think I'm right"
    > And even if this new direction could be considered as bad, FTP will always see that as a huge step forward for them, no matter what.

    "Well I’m bored of the game
    And too tired to rage"
    > Are they bored of the industry (See 'Houdini')?
    When the critics come, they don't think they'll have to react.


    In brief, FTP is taking another direction. This direction is hard to understand for many fans who are expecting to another "hit" or a Torches-like album. However, they are confident in what they are doing and won't go back.
    magicberuon February 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song has kind of a laid back, mellow tone, almost to the point of making the protagonist sound a little tired (not in a bad way). I think a lot of young adults in their late 20s or early to mid 30s can feel this way. You feel your energy level winding down after years of new beginnings, just starting out, and maybe a little too much partying ("Well I'm Bored of the Game, and I'm too tired to rage"). You're not new at being an adult anymore. Maybe you have a "been there, done that" mentality, but you also realize that you still have a lot to learn ("And even when I'm wrong I tend to think I'm right").

    For whatever reason, these days, it seems like people prolong their youth as much as possible. This is a song about finally acknowledging impending (or already realized) adulthood, but maybe not knowing what exactly to do about it. Whether it's trying not to fall into the same relationship traps again ("Makes me wanna surrender and wrap you in my arms") or facing the fact that maybe you aren't always the hero in your relationships ("I seem to hurt the people that care the most"), you're "coming of age" and finding that you don't always know how to take the next step.
    DianaDee2525on March 26, 2014   Link

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