A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song is rumored to be about a former flame of Ms. Swift, possibly Taylor Lautner (aka "Jacob") from the Twilight Saga. The two dated one December...hmmm. It's a sweet but melancholy song about love, regret, and forgiveness. Swift has said that the song is indeed about a past boyfriend that she feels deserves an apology. The song is free of sexual references and profanity. However, because the song is about a relationship and remorse, it's best for tweens and teens.
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What's the story?
BACK TO DECEMBER is the fourth single from Taylor Swift's third studio album, Speak Now. Unlike other singles from the album, this song lets Swift embrace her melancholy side; full of regret and remorse, she asks an ex for forgiveness. It's apparently her attempt to make amends for a real-life heartbreak. Like all the songs on Speak Now, this song is penned by the country sweetheart, and shows a vulnerable, pensive side that makes her even more endearing and relatable.
Is it any good?
Although many of Taylor Swift's songs are about teenage daydreams, this song is based on a real-life experience (per her own words) about breaking up and regret. After running into an old flame and realizing her mistake, Swift opines sadly, "This is me swallowing my pride, standing in front of you saying I'm sorry for that night." The lyrics are sweet, smart, and sorrowful, but it's a song that will resonate most with those who have had the experience of feeling heartbroken.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about regret and forgiveness. Have you ever hurt someone? How did you deal with it? Did you "swallow your pride" and ask that person to forgive you? Has someone ever hurt you? Did you forgive them?
This song is supposedly about a real former flame of Taylor Swift. Knowing that she has been linked to other teen celebrities and heartthrobs like Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner, does this make you want to buy the song more?
Taylor Swift has been very successful. What do you like about her music?