"Better Dig Two" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Country song about death, obsession is lovely but chilling.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

True love and choosing to be faithful to one person is admirable, but hinting that you'll kill them if they stray isn't. This song walks a fine line between love and obsession: "I'll go to heaven or I'll go to hell before I'll see you with someone else."

Positive role models

The Band Perry certainly pushes the envelope when it comes to writing original, sometimes creepy, love songs ("If I Die Young"), but this is what makes their music refreshing and interesting.

Violence

Semi-sweet, semi-creepy love song implies suicide and/or murder if things don't work out after "'til death do us part": "So if the ties that bind ever do come loose, tie them in a knot like a hangman's noose, cause I'll go to heaven or I'll go to hell, before I'll see you with someone else."

Sex

Just a declaration of being with only one person: "Made you wait till our wedding night, that's the first and the last time I'll wear white."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"It won't be whiskey, won't be meth, it'll be your name on my last breath."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Better Dig Two" is a gorgeous but chilling song about death; the Band Perry had another huge hit with the same theme on "If I Die Young." This time it's about a woman who is obsessed with her love for her husband. Wanting to die with your husband? Sad, but sweet. Wanting to kill your husband and yourself if he leaves you? Um, creepy. Besides the mature theme, the single includes a line about whiskey and meth and a reference to saving oneself for marriage.

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What's the story?

The Band Perry knows how to make waves with unnerving songs about death, as evidenced in their hit single "If I Die Young." "BETTER DIG TWO," off of their second album, continues the theme of premature endings with a song about a woman who refuses to carry on in life should her marriage end too soon -- whether it's in death or divorce. The video is simple and stark, and manages to be unsettling without being graphic.

Is it any good?

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"Better Dig Two" starts simply enough with hand claps and a banjo, but the lyrics begin and so do the chills down your spine: "I told you on the day we wed, I was gonna love you 'til I's dead." Kimberly Perry's vocals are lovely and lethal, saying, "I'll go to heaven or I'll go to hell before I'll see you with someone else." If Glenn Close from Fatal Attraction needed a song, this would be it. With its dark themes and gorgeous sound, this track is equally interesting and disturbing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the serious content of this song. Yes, it's just a song, but talk to your kids about the difference between love and obsession. Is it possible to love someone too much?

  • Why do you think the Band Perry would write a song like this? What were they trying to say?

  • Can you think of some other songs about obsessive love?

Music details

Artist:The Band Perry
Release date:November 6, 2012
Type:Single
Label:Republic Records
Genre:Country
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old January 27, 2013
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10
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The Best For Me

It depends on who you are, some people don't like this sort of thing, but as for me I love everything about it. If you don't like songs that have a little bit of death theme I don't recommend it, but I do recommend it if you're a big fan of country like me and can stand the quotes like "If you go before I do I'm gonna tell the gravedigger that he better dig two."
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old May 25, 2013
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Love it

This is a great song. It's about death though, so this is probably a song for people who can handle violence.
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Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byHightech Redneck July 18, 2014
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Good song with creepy video.

Great music. Catchy lyrics. The video is really creepy. The song is a love song about death (I know, weird.) and mentions whiskey and meth, so that would not be good for all ages. Overall, kind of creepy but good.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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