A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that though the lyrics in this song are somewhat nonsensical, they contain no real show-stoppers in the way of profane language, sexual references, or other adult themes.
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What's the story?
FIREFLIES is the incredibly popular electropop single from Owl City -- a Minnesota-based band that actually consists of just one guy, singer Adam Young. The tune is based entirely on Young's insomnia, with the artist using the track to chronicle his long-time problems falling asleep. None of the song's lyrics are explicit; they're simply a clean description of Young's sleeping problems: "Leave my door open just a crack ... 'cause I feel like such an insomniac ... why do I tire of counting sheep ... when I'm far too tired to fall asleep."
Is it any good?
Heavy on the electro, light on the pop, this synth-infused tune has a lighthearted hook that belies the seriousness of Young's insomnia -- and the singer's child-like vocals add to the misleadingly bright tone. The overall effect may be a little sticky-sweet, but it has undeniable appeal.