What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a pretty tame song, aside from the "police scene, chalk line" analogy to feeling hurt by the object of your affections -- and the reference to drinking tequila shots as a way to cushion the blow.
What's the story?
This summer, thousands of teens around the country will hit the Vans Warped Tour, a festival-style collection of various punk-oriented bands including All Time Low -- a group of four guys whose single DAMNED IF I DO YA (DAMNED IF I DON'T) is climbing the charts. Though the song contains an eyebrow-raising title and a few lyrics about crime scenes and tequila shots, it's largely punk-lite, avoiding any seriously deranged messages in favor of a recurring young adult theme: the inability to end an unhealthy romantic relationship. Despite the touchy subject, the band steers clear of slander in describing the ups-and-downs of this theme: \"How was I supposed to know / That you were oh, oh, over me? / I think that I should go / Something's telling me to leave, but I won't / 'Cause I'm damned if I do ya, damned if I don't.\"
Is it any good?
Lyrically and musically, this track is much less hardcore than traditional punk, with a pop-friendly tone that gives it a more broad-based appeal. It offers some catchy hooks, including a fun "oh-oh-oh" refrain and a combined drum-clap vein throughout, that should make for an entertaining live performance on the Vans Tour this summer. Yet as the summer dies down, so, too, should this fairly run-of-the-mill song's popularity.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how drinking to try to numb painful feelings never truly succeeds. Since alcohol is ultimately a depressant, is it a good thing to try when you’re already feeling down? What are five other ways to try to make yourself feel better besides drinking?