"Everybody Talks" (CD Single)



Clean alt-rock track about gossip and relationships.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The track is about rising above gossip and focusing on loved ones.

Positive role models

The song encourages listeners to ignore rumors that swirl around when new relationships form.

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Mentions kissing and a "love shack."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Describes a love interest as an "addiction" and alludes to her being like a drug: "Hey honey you could be my drug, you could be my new prescription / Too much could be an overdose."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Everybody Talks" is a single about a guy who is taken with a girl and tries to get her to take him seriously -- despite all the gossip swirling around about them. The lyrics mention kissing and going to a "love shack"; it also describes the girl as being like a "drug" and "addiction." Otherwise, the language and allusions here are clean, making the track an OK pick for older tweens and teens.

What's the story?

The first single from the Neon Tree's second album, Picture Show, "EVERYBODY TALKS" is an anthem to everyone who has ever tried to get a relationship off the ground but has found that gossip gets in the way. The track was used in a 2012 Buick car commercial.

Is it any good?


Just a hint of punk can be heard in this mostly pop concoction, which sports a rapid-fire beat that you can't help but tap a toe to. Lively vocals from lead singer Glenn Tyler add to the upbeat tone.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why some people engage in gossip, and the effects that hurtful or untrue rumors can have on others. 

  • Is it ever OK to gossip? Why or why not?

  • What's the difference between news and gossip?

Music details

Artist:Neon Trees
Release date:June 11, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old December 2, 2012

One of my favorite songs

This song is awesome. I love Neon Trees. There's nothing wrong with the song except one use of the s-word. But there's nothing really inappropriate in it. It's a catchy and fun song.
Teen, 13 years old Written bystudboy24 July 3, 2013

good song

there is language the s word is said one "all my life s*** everybody talks"
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Educator and Parent of a 7 and 9 year old Written bytoddclick March 7, 2013

Questionable Language?

I'm a father of two elementary-age daughters and also a middle school multimedia teacher. My students in my multimedia class are attempting to refute my claim that the S*** word is in this song. I've checked some lyric websites and it is there and others do not have it. When you listen to the song there is definitely something there that is not in all of the lyric sites but it could be explained as something else. Here is the verse in question: "All this trash talk make me itchin' Oh my, my S***" I just want to know so that I am able to eat crow or stand by my decision to not allow it. Thanks,
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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