"Beggin' on Your Knees" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Nick star seeks playful revenge on two-timing boyfriend.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 20 reviews

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Positive Messages

The song talks about being betrayed by a boyfriend and seeking some sort of revenge: "You mess with me, I'll mess with her, I'll make sure you get what you deserve." But although some of the lyrics say things like "watch your back," it all has a playful tone.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A girlfriend betrayed by her two-timing boyfriend gets back at him in a harmless way and has fun with her friends regardless of heartache.


The lyrics are playful but could be construed as menacing: "You mess with me, I'll mess with her, I'll make sure you get what you deserve" and "Watch your back, you don't know when or where I could get you."


Justice stars on the Nick TV show Victorious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Victoria Justice is the star of the Nick TV show Victorious and is very popular with tweens. This single's lyrics are free of sex and profanity, but because the song is about a girlfriend getting a little revenge on a two-timing boyfriend, younger kids might be confused by lyrics such as "You mess with me, I'll mess with her, I'll make sure you get what you deserve" and "Watch your back, you don't know when or where I could get you," even if they're sung in a playful manner.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 6, 2015
Adult Written byTinyToya May 13, 2011

Just Not a Good Message For Anyone Really...

The song should not be on Nick (nor in existence). I heard it and if you take away all the catchy beats and whatnot, you have a teen girl talking about revenge.... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old March 20, 2011

Awesome Song

First of all, CommonSense has the lyrics wrong it's,"You messed with me, AND messed with her. Second of all, how is that violent? When I heard this so... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byVictoria Justice 1 January 25, 2021

What's the story?

Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice (Zoey 101, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf) is joining the ranks of every other teenage TV celebrity by trying to make her way in the music world. "BEGGIN' ON YOUR KNEES" is featured on the soundtrack for Justice's show, Victorious, with the 18-year-old singing about getting some sweet revenge on a two-timing boyfriend. The video features fellow Victorious castmates and is set at a carnival, with a dancing, smirking, Justice moving on.

Is it any good?

Justice has a voice unlike other starlets her age: It's deeper and more mature, and it demands attention right away. This catchy song is great for dancing and sleepovers and will probably have fans beggin' for more. That said, even though it's all in jest, the lyrics might be a little harsh for younger kids, even in their playful tone: "You mess with me, I'll mess with her, I'll make sure you get what you deserve" and "Watch your back, you don't know when or where I could get you." The video shows Justice merely telling the "other" girlfriend the truth, but younger kids might picture something more menacing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the trend in tween and teen entertainment of TV stars doubling up as singers. Why do these stars have to be actors and singers? 

  • Do you think songs like this are a marketing ploy by networks to profit from already popular characters? Would the songs or albums be as successful if these artists weren't already famous?

  • This song is about getting revenge on a two-timing boyfriend. Do you think Justice sounds angry in the song? Or just heartbroken and fired up? How would you react if you were in this situation? Is revenge ever a positive thing?

Music details

  • Artist: Victoria Justice
  • Release date: March 17, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Nick Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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