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"Fireflies" (CD single)

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Upbeat song about insomnia is odd but inoffensive.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This track gives an honest account of what it's like to have problems sleeping.

Positive role models

Owl City singer Adam Young is a relative newcomer on the music scene, and so far, he's steered clear of questionable behavior.

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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.

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?

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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. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the song's theme. Can insomnia be a sign that something else is wrong in your life?

  • When you're finding it hard to sleep, what are five things you can try to make it easier?

Music details

Artist:Owl City
Release date:November 20, 2009
Label:Universal
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymissmurder19 December 15, 2009

Cute song for everybody...

Owl City is a cute, bubbly, one-man band. The songs don't really contain depth, but they're fun and catchy. 'Fireflies' is a very good song, written just because.
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlake_Slaughter January 20, 2014

Love this song

Don't even think you have to be at least 2 for most of the songs I rate, they just don't give a lower age. Odd but, really good song.
Kid, 11 years old December 3, 2012

Fun Owl City song

A little bit of a weird song but I really like it. Hip song. Fun for all ages.Definitely.

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