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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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?
"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.
Talk to your kids 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?