"Begin Again" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Mild, upbeat song about moving on after a bad breakup.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywildpenguins May 27, 2015


Nothing offensive or embarrassing in this one. Gorgeous tune and vocals. IMO, one of the prettiest and most lyrical of Taylor's songs.
Just beautiful.
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byJWilliams303 October 17, 2012

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.... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 December 16, 2012

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... Continue reading

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?

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. 

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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