Big Dog Daddy

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Some talk about booze and losing your virginity.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Depends on how you feel about small-town values and Christianity.


One song contains a graphic, if not loving description of first-time sex ("I kissed her sweet on that pickup seat as my blue jeans hit the floor/her body heat and my cold bare feet pressed up against the door").


Mention of cars (Lincoln Continental and Ford) and booze (Black Label). The CD insert includes an ad for Ford trucks.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several songs celebrate alcohol ("Then we drank a shot of tequila/baby 'till we meet again" and "And when the going gets tough/well the tough get going to the little bar down the road").

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that several songs seem to celebrate drinking, and "Burnin' Moon Light" is a fairly graphic description of a couple's first sexual experience. Liberal, urban, and/or non-Christian families might have a bit of trouble relating to the sentiments expressed in "Love Me If You Can," or the small-town ambiance that infuses almost all of these songs.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysweetvictoria9 July 7, 2012


Most of the songs are okay but some are just plain out explicit
Kid, 11 years old April 12, 2010

good but not his best cd

good cd best songs love me if you can high mantince woman get my drink on big dog daddy

What's the story?

You may find some songs on BIG DOG DADDY getting stuck in your head. For example, "High Maintenance Woman" delivers a blistering lead guitar, a solid rhythm section, and memorably clever lyrics. But there's even more to it than that: It's about nothing less than the concept of social class in America, whether or not we like to admit that such a thing exists. "She wouldn't look my way/but buddy what do you expect/I'm just the fix it up boy at the apartment complex…I ain't asked her out yet 'cause I don't know if I can/you see a high maintenance woman don't want no maintenance man," sings Keith as the regular-working-class guy about his well-heeled fantasy woman. And "Love Me If You Can," might inspire discussions about sticking up for your beliefs even if they are not popular.

Is it any good?

The CD offers a great lead-in to family discussions about wealth and class, and how people from different backgrounds treat one another. Still other songs celebrate booze-fueled party fun, which may make some families uncomfortable. Others might take issue with the sappiness on songs like "I Know She Hung the Moon," or the rather graphic first-time-sex-in-the-car description in "Burnin' Moon Light." But you've got to hand it Toby Keith; he's a man who's not afraid to be himself -- someone who knows his way around both small-town America and a musical hook, and isn't afraid to use it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about standing up for your beliefs even if they're unpopular. Do you find yourself swayed by peer pressure, or are you able to stick to your guns when you really believe in something? "High Maintenance Woman" addresses the issue of social class. Do we really have a class system in the USA? Why or why not?

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