"Don't Stop (Color the Walls)" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Don't Stop (Color the Walls)" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Indie tune has upbeat sound but also semi-aggressive lyrics.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A negative undercurrent about acting out: "I'm gonna hide behind my bedroom door / Crayons on walls, I'll color on them all / Right until I've broken every law."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lyrics about performing destructive acts and breaking rules.


No graphic violence, but an aggressive tone in lines like "One shoe, two, gonna kick with my new shoes / I'm gonna kick until I need new shoes."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Don't Stop" has a similar tone to "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People's debut hit single: with somewhat obscure lyrics, it describes a kid who initially seems harmless but displays increasingly aggressive behaviors as the song goes on. While the track doesn't contain profanity or mention illegal substances, sex, or other adult topics, the destructive behaviors it describes might not sit well with parents of younger tweens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byfosterthemonster May 2, 2012


Amazing song, Amazing Album, amazing band. No inappropriate language in the entire album. I recommend it to anyone.
Teen, 14 years old Written byNLRicci March 21, 2013

Fun, quirky alternative song has clean lyrics, poor message.

This alternative song does not have a lot of mature content. However, it is about a little kid who likes to act up, and get into trouble, like ruining shoes, so... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 1, 2012


Violence? There is no violence! It just say I am going to kick until i need new shoes it doesn't say I am going to kick you. Common sense media are to over... Continue reading

What's the story?

The follow-up to their first smash hit "Pumped Up Kicks," "DON'T STOP" is the second track from indie darlings Foster the People. The band's second tune has a similar focus to its first, depicting a young boy with an increasingly aggressive streak who engages in negative acts such as kicking and coloring on walls -- and he says he won't stop until he's "broken every law."

Is it any good?

Judging from the lighthearted sound of Foster the People songs like this one, it's hard to tell that the lyrics are somewhat disturbing. The bouncy tone, backed by a clap-and-whistle beat, definitely gets you singing along with the words -- at least until you grasp their meaning.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about better ways to express feelings of anger or frustration than through destructive or violent acts. Name three things you love to do that always help to lift your mood, no matter how down or frustrated you're feeling.


  • How does this track compare with "Pumped Up Kicks"? How are they similar in theme and sound? Which do you prefer?

Music details

  • Artist: Foster the People
  • Release date: January 4, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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