"Don't Wanna Go Home" (CD Single)

 
Lots of drinking, belligerent behaviors in mature club tune.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots (and lots) of talk about drinking and staying out at the club until all hours.

Positive role models

A lot of talk of drinking to excess.

Violence

Aggressive lines about refusing to leave once a club has closed: "Let the club shut down, we won't go / Burn it down to the floor." 

Sex

A little sexy talk about having girls "in my lap."

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

Many references to getting drunk: "We drink the whole bottle but it ain't over."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Don't Wanna Go Home" has a laser-focus on drinking at the dance club until the wee hours of the morning -- along with some belligerent behavior when it finally comes time to close the club and the patrons don't want to leave. These negative messages are definitely not ones that parents will want their tweens and young teens to hear.

What's the story?

The title of R&B singer Jason Derulo's song "DON'T WANNA GO HOME" says a lot about its subject matter: the track talks about being out at a club all night long yet refusing to leave at closing time. Plenty of drinking goes on throughout the night, with the partygoers ultimately "losing control." The single doesn't feature profanity or vivid sexual descriptions, but its discussion of getting drunk and engaging in aggressive acts still puts the song beyond the reach of younger audiences.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Though the ubiquitous synth-beat backs this dance tune, Jason Derulo's sassy yet smooth vocals give it a more distinct sound than the typical club track. Coupled with a catchy hook from Harry Belafonte's classic song "Day-O," Derulo's performance makes the song continue to run through your mind even after it's over.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the dangers involved in drinking to excess. What are some of the consequences that can come from overloading on alcohol?

  • Why do some young artists like Jason Derulo glorify drinking in their songs?

Music details

Artist:Jason Derulo
Release date:May 20, 2011
Type:Single
Label:Warner Brothers
Genre:R&B
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byanders09ma May 27, 2012
age 10+
 

Don't Wanna go home

Very good song :)
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byPunkchic September 5, 2011
age 14+
 

Great dance song with only some innuendos

The song in general is a fun beat to dance too. However, it includes a lot more drinking and drugs, such as the line "Turn the lights low 'cause we about to get blown," and other lines about drinking. Surprisingly, the sexual content isn't that bad, the only line is talking about girls on his lap. Other then those tiny details, it's an all together fun song to dance to!
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 8 years old August 27, 2011
age 10+
 

Kinda iffy for 10 & under

Beer for "Drink the whole bottle but it ain't over, over". Sexy for the girls in my lap line. Language for "B**ch, I'm a star!" and Violence for "Burn it down, to the flo-o-o-o". Kinda boring.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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