"Carry On" (CD Single)

Music review by
E.E. Bradman, Common Sense Media
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Anthemic sing-along is clean; a few mature themes.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Leave your worries and your past behind you, and keep on keepin’ on.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Parents and kids alike might find reassurance in the song’s uplifting message.


References to parents, wives, and neighbors dying. Also, the line "When I was left for dead."


There is a mention of being cheated on.



Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A crucial conversation happens while the narrator is at a bar. Mention of wine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Carry On" is a sensitive story that leads to a supremely catchy chorus. The protagonist meets his friends at a bar, where they talk about the fact that their loved ones will one day die. There's also talk about being cheated on. There's one "hell" and mentions of wine and "being left for dead, "but by the end of the song, the protagonist just might convince you that love triumphs over death.

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Kid, 11 years old November 17, 2013

Best song ever!

It's seriously my favorite song EVER! Fun. has made such AWESOME songs, but, this one's the very best! I don't know what other people may think,... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 27, 2013

Just OK.

OK, but not one of fun.'s best songs. The story behind it and the song are pretty good-don't get me wrong- but it's just no really in my own tast...

What's the story?

"CARRY ON" is the third hit single by the New York-based indie-pop band fun. Some Nights, their second album, garnered them a Grammy nod for Best New Artist, and their ubiquitous single "We Are Young" was voted Song of the Year. They were nominated in four other categories, and their music has been featured in many TV shows and movies.

Is it any good?

With its classic song structure and old-school instrumentation, "Carry On" has more than a whiff of pop from a bygone era. It starts with a piano intro so old it feels familiar and a plaintive vocal by singer Nate Ruess, but it soon swells to a thumping, triumphant chorus adorned with Irish-flavored accordion and a ripping guitar solo. The song’s arc of hard times and survival ends with a catchy sing-along that seems custom-built for bars, arenas, and closing credits.


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that hard times don’t last forever. How can kids remember to stay positive even when things are tough?

  • In the lyrics, the singer tries to comfort a lover going through difficult times he’d never experienced himself. What’s the best way to help someone who’s going through something you may not understand?

  • Do you think the song is uplifting? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: fun.
  • Release date: October 23, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Fueled by Ramen
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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