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

Indie tune has upbeat sound but also semi-aggressive lyrics.

What parents need to know

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

Lyrics about performing destructive acts and breaking rules.
 

Violence

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."
 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.
 

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."
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Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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.

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  • 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

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Kid, 11 years old April 1, 2012

Amazing!

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 the top. This is a fun song and even if it would have something innapropriate the you wouldn't be able to hear it. I think this song is great!
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 his parents will buy him new ones. The line "Crayons on the wall, I'll color on them all, until I've broken every law", is a metaphor for breaking rules. Overall there is little mature content, so it is fine for tweens, despite the less-than-positive message
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byfosterthemonster May 2, 2012

Torches!

Amazing song, Amazing Album, amazing band. No inappropriate language in the entire album. I recommend it to anyone.