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"Alejandro" (CD single)

Unusually tame tune from edgy artist; OK for older kids.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Describes someone who refuses to continue a bad relationship.

Positive role models

Though this song is relatively tame, it can't overshadow the extremely mature image that has become the hallmark of Lady Gaga's career.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Nothing worse than "Don't wanna kiss, don't wanna touch."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Talks about smoking cigarettes.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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"?

Music details

Artist:Lady Gaga
Release date:May 11, 2010
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 12 years old September 20, 2012

Good Song, Very Clean

This is a good song, surprisingly clean for Lady Gaga, and it actually has a good message. There's no reason to protect children from the concept of dating and love at ages 4-6, it's a healthy part of life and most kids have friends or relatives who are dating. Lady Gaga's Spanish accent is hilarious! And the song is good, there's no doubt. The video is NOT for anyone. It's pure blasphemy and sex and has nothing to do with the song. (I myself have not seen it, it's only what I've heard.) I don't understand why Lady Gaga ruins her beautiful songs with sick, raunchy music videos. But anyway, good song.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old March 18, 2013

Clean

Very clean.. The song isn't very catchy, though.
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old April 29, 2011

uehhhhhheeeehhh

I kind like it
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models