"Begin Again" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Mild, upbeat song about moving on after a bad breakup.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

A positive message about moving on after an unhealthy relationship ends. 

Positive role models

Track is about letting go of the past and taking an optimistic view of the future. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Begin Again" is a positive track about allowing yourself to continue caring for other people even when you've been hurt in the past. With no adult content or language whatsoever, it's a great choice for tweens and teens learning to navigate the ups and downs of relationships. 

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What's the story?

"BEGIN AGAIN" is the second single from the fourth album, Red, by country darling Taylor Swift. Rumored to be about her breakup with former boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal, the track talks about going on a first date with a great new guy after breaking up with a bad one.

Is it any good?

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Taylor Swift returns to her country roots in this pretty track. Filled with lots of lovely slide guitar, the mellow song has a distinct country tone that will appeal to her earliest fans. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the range of Taylor Swift's romances, from players like John Mayer to younger guys like Conor Kennedy (son of Robert Kennedy, Jr.), and how her relationships have informed her music. Are there any male singers who are as defined by their love life?

  • How have Swift's songs helped her sift through the sadness of breaking up? Do you think these songs help heartbroken teens, too?

  • When is Swift at her musical strongest: in her love songs or breakup tunes? Why? 

Music details

Artist:Taylor Swift
Release date:September 25, 2012
Type:Single
Label:Big Machine Records
Genre:Country
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 December 16, 2012
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Good, classic Taylor Swift single

I really like "Begin Again". Taylor's vocals are sweet, and the music has a nice beat to it. I like how it sounds like classic Taylor (it's acoustic/country); even though I like her album Red, I kind of miss some of her country tunes on it. Anyway, this song is fine for kids; it sends a positive messages about falling in love again after getting your heart broken.
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 November 15, 2012
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8
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begin again cd single

Families can talk about the range of Taylor Swift's romances, from players like John Mayer to younger guys like Conor Kennedy (son of Robert Kennedy, Jr.), and how her relationships have informed her music. Are there any male singers who are as defined by their love life? How have Swift's songs helped her sift through the sadness of breaking up? Do you think these songs help heartbroken teens, too? When is Swift at her musical strongest: in her love songs or breakup tunes? Why?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byJWilliams303 October 17, 2012
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Taylor Swift Seems To Not Disappoint Me With Her Songs

I love Taylor Swift, and of course I love her songs. She is an amazing singer and has amazing songs a lot of people can relate to. Some I know I can relate to. This song is one of her best songs yet (in my opinion). It sticks with her original sound that she uses and not using pop with it as much. Don't get me wrong, I love all her songs, including the pop sounding ones like We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Red, and I Knew You Were Trouble, and I think it's great that she's trying to make a wide variety of music instead of keeping the same old sound to all of them, but the sweet and calm songs like this one are the ones I really love the most. All Taylor Swift fans will love this one
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