"Dog Days Are Over" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Dog Days Are Over" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Clean alt-rock track about embracing happiness.
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Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

Though this song talks about running away from happiness, it does so in an ironic way that ultimately emphasizes how people should embrace the feeling whenever they can find it.

Positive role models & representations

While Florence has gone through some of the typical ups and downs associated with growing up (experimenting with alcohol), she now concentrates on her family, career, and committed romantic relationship.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this this single is a super-clean song with a fairly positive message, especially for an alt-rock tune (many of which are moody and brooding). There's no swearing or adult content here, just some inoffensive lyrics about not running away from happiness when you find it -- making this track a solid choice for young tweens and teens.

User Reviews

Parent of a 12 year old Written byTrevorJ December 20, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written byWelcome2NightVale May 14, 2015

This one's fine for any age

I love anything by Florence, but I wouldn't let a younger child listen to all of her songs. (Girl with One Eye, Ship to Wreck, Hurricane Drunk, etc.)
Kid, 10 years old June 23, 2015


I really love Florence And The Machine and I really love this song! The words are hard to understand but it's still a great song!

What's the story?

DOG DAYS ARE OVER is the second single off the album Lungs by British alt-rocker Florence Welch, who records under the name Florence and the Machine. After the track received some additional exposure in the trailer for the movie Eat Pray Love, the video was nominated for several MTV Video Awards. Both the song and the video are squeaky clean, containing no graphic language or adult content; instead, both focus on not running away from happiness when you find it: "Happiness hit her like a train on a track / Coming towards her, stuck still, no turning back / She hid around corners and she hid under beds / She killed it with kisses and from it she fled."

Is it any good?

Florence Welch's music has been called a cross between a rock and bluesy soul, and "Dog Days Are Over" is a good example. Flo delivers her deep, power-vocals against an upbeat backdrop of soulful clapping, drum beats, and piano riffs. The combination is positively addictive -- as is the trippy video, which features Flo in dreamy, fantasy-like white makeup singing the song while a cast of characters (from a gospel choir to a little girl beating a bass drum) accompanies her.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some people have a hard time embracing happiness and contentment. Why do some people choose to stay in an unhappy situation even when faced with a better one? 

  • What are five things you can do to make a bad situation into a good one?

Music details

For kids who love to rock

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