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"Fireflies" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
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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.