"A** Back Home" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Despite crass title, hip-hop song has positive message.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

A positive message about a couple who makes an extra effort to value each other when a non-traditional career often keeps them apart.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Song is about going the extra mile to show others you care.



"Ass" and one "s--t"; edited version includes a title change to "Get Yourself Back Home."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "A** Back Home" tells a clean tale about a traveling musician whose erratic schedule forces him to be away from his partner much of the time and, as a result, he tries especially hard to remind her he cares even when he's away. Aside from its crass title (which is changed to "Get Yourself Back Home" in the edited version), the single includes one use of the word "s--t" but contains no other mature content or language -- resulting in an overall OK tune for both tweens and teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycommin July 26, 2012

Get The Edited Version

My little brother (10 years old) loves the song. Get the edited version. Language, Not to metion in the title. One Use Of S**tty
Parent of a 6 and 10-year-old Written byTheReviewMom June 7, 2012

My favorite song and I'm 39!

Despite the explicit title, this song is amazing! To our family, ass is not such a bad word. However, s**t is. So I recommend the clean version. Also a very goo... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 19, 2013

its called "a** back home" so what.

This song is amazing. Yes the words "ass" and "s**t" is mentioned, but we've all heard worse.
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus April 1, 2013

What's the story?

"A** BACK HOME" (or "Get Yourself Back Home" in the edited version) is the second single off The Papercut Chronicles II by funky hip-hop band Gym Class Heroes. With British singer/songwriter Neon Hitch lending a vocal hand, the track describes a romance in which one partner's job as a traveling musician often keeps him on the road. Because of their frequent distance apart, the two make a special effort to remind each other they care.

Is it any good?

Gym Class Heroes' lead vocalist Travie McCoy has a light, upbeat, lyrical delivery that helps to make their music fun, and this track is no exception. Neon Hitch's exceptionally lovely vocal tone adds even more interest to this song, making it a sure-fire hit. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of non-traditional careers on a relationship. What are some of the challenges involved in having a relationship with someone whose work makes it hard to spend time together?

  • How might a non-traditional career actually benefit a relationship?

Music details

  • Artist: Gym Class Heroes
  • Release date: January 11, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Fueled by Ramen
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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