A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Drive By" is about a guy realizing he's fallen for a girl and wants to get her back. The song itself is mostly clean (two mentions of "hell" is as racy as it gets) with content that's appropriate for any age, but the fact that it's about a mature relationship probably makes it best for tweens and up. The video shows a couple drinking in a winery, kissing, and waking up together.
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What's the story?
Train's "DRIVE BY" is an acoustic-driven, hand-clappin' single that's about realizing it's love and going to get it. The video features the band playing among the vines and wines in Napa Valley, Calif., as well as driving in some sweet rides in a caravan from San Francisco to the land of grapes.
Is it any good?
Train shows again that they're kings of creating incredibly infectious singles that you want to listen to over and over and sing at the top of your lungs with the car windows down. Similar to their previous hit, "Hey, Soul Sister," "Drive By" is great for radio play with a catchy chorus that shouts the lyrics, "Oh I swear to you, I'll be there for you / this is not a drive by-eye-eye-eye-eye. / Just a shy guy looking for a two-ply Hefty bag to hold my love-o-o-o-ove." Train's knack for simple and smart lyrics paired with a perfect pop melody makes this another hit for any age group.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how a song is driven by its lyrics and music. Which do you think is more important in a song -- music or lyrics? Do you always understand the lyrics and meaning behind a song? Do you have to in order to enjoy it?
Do you think most bands or musicians write music with a goal of having it played on the radio? Or do you think bands simply write music they love without thinking about how radio-friendly it is?
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