Get Lifted



R&B for adults and mature older teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Depends on how you feel about the age-old tradition of "cheating songs."


It's all about the love stuff.


A few explicit sexual references.


A sprinkling of four-letter words.


Shopping and having stuff are recurring themes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of drug and drinking references.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that cheating songs are as old as music, and John Legend's may be this generation's answer to "Me and Mrs. Jones" or "Long Black Veil."

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What's the story?

John Legend is an exceptionally talented soul singer whose association with Kanye West resulted in the mostly lovely, mostly romantic debut album GET LIFTED. High points are the love ballads: \"Stay With You\" is a simple, gorgeous love song. \"It Don't Have to Change\" includes a gospel-tinged backup choir made up of Legend's family, and is a sentimental heart-tugger. Lyrically, Legend seems preoccupied with the concept of sexual infidelity, and may be the go-to guy for this generation's \"Me and Mrs. Jones,\" \"Pittsburgh Steelers,\" and \"Long Black Veil.\" Lines like \"My heart don't got nothing to do with my penis\" (on the perky \"Number One\") or the occasional four-letter word are jarring in such vivid contrast to the smooth overall sound, and the singer's gorgeous voice.

Is it any good?


On one sexy love song after another, Legend struts his considerable vocal stuff in reverent tribute to musical influences as diverse as Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, and Snoop Dogg -- in addition to trying to carve out a bit of territory that is all his own. Because his voice is so velvety and expressive, the sweetest, quietest songs end up being the most successful.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about relationships and commitment. And of course, the hurt when a person is unfaithful to a committed partner. Do songs sometimes circumvent the bad stuff and make the cheating seem exciting and romantic?

Music details

Artist:John Legend
Release date:December 28, 2004
Label:Sony Music
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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