A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this American Idol winner's naughtiest lyrics are quite tame. "Last Name" talks about drinking too much tequila, going to bed with someone, and waking up married to them. There are some minor classic stereotypes such as dads going fishing or playing ball with their sons but not their daughters ("All-American Girl").
What's the story?
Diehard fans of Carrie Underwood will enjoy the dreamy, hurt-girl ballads on CARNIVAL RIDE (\"I Know You Won't\" and \"You Won't Find This\"). New listeners are more likely to be charmed by the cleverness of the more playful tunes like \"Last Name,\" a rock-infused romp describing a night of indiscretion in Las Vegas. \"Just A Dream,\" the most poignant and poetic offering, describes a young girl at her soldier-sweetheart's funeral, and might inspire family discussion or offer some comfort to those who've lost loved ones in Iraq.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the lyrics of "Just a Dream," which describes the grief of a young woman who has lost her sweetheart to war. Has your family experienced a recent death or tragedy? How do you deal with all the sad, complicated feelings? Do you know anyone with a family member who has been killed in Iraq? How can you help them heal?