A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that as far as Lady Gaga songs go, "Alejandro" is tame. There's no profanity, graphic sexual descriptions, or over-the-top substance use (beyond one mention of smoking cigarettes). The song relays an overall positive message, telling the story of someone who knows a relationship isn't working and takes the difficult step of ending it: "I know that you may love me / But I just can't be with you like this anymore." Please note that the music video is controversial, though, and is definitely not for kids.
What's the story?
"ALEJANDRO" is the latest single from Lady Gaga, who recently performed the tune on American Idol Season 9 as part of a medley of songs. In a departure from many of her previous singles, this track is largely clean -- omitting graphic language, sexual references, and mentions of substance use, aside from one line about smoking cigarettes.
Is it any good?
Ever since she hit the scene, Lady Gaga has drawn comparisons to Madonna, as both have built a career out of pushing the envelope through their lyrics and images. With the Spanish overtones of "Alejandro," Lady Gaga seems to be following in Madonna's footsteps once again (remember "La Isla Bonita"?). Both songs are catchy pop tunes with Spanish flair that offer solid, if not earth-shattering, vocals.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the lack of racy subject matter affects this Lady Gaga song. Unlike so many of her previous singles, this one isn't overtly sexual or risque; does that take anything away from the song, or is it still good? Why or why not?
Could Lady Gaga remain a huge success if all of her songs were as clean as "Alejandro"?
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