"Get on Your Boots" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Energizing call to action sends positive message to teens.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The lyrics to this song address current world tensions with lines like,"If someone's into blowing up, we're into growing up, women are the future, all the big revelations."


There are mentions of bombs, explosions and war, but nothing graphic.


The band sings about "sexy boots," but it's meant metaphorically and there's nothing salacious about it.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the "sexy boots" in this song are a metaphor for going to work, and true to the band's counter-culture roots, the work to be done is fixing the world's problems. It's a rocking, danceable song whose lyrics may go over tweens' heads, but could find an audience with teens seeking an inspiring message.

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Kid, 11 years old July 10, 2009


one of my fave songs of all time
Kid, 12 years old June 9, 2009

Despite iffiness, this tune still succeeds.

This single from U2's latest (and close to weakest, IMO) album is rocking and innuendo-laced at the same time.
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What's the story?

It took five years for the band to create its newest album, No Line on the Horizon, with GET ON YOUR BOOTS as the first single. Following an online leak, the song has been enjoying a positive response, possibly because the timing of the release coincides with President Obama's call to service. In lyrics like, "Here's what you gotta be / Love & community" U2 is trying to mobilize listeners to get appropriately suited up for the work ahead.

Is it any good?

With a retro, electro, and techno sound, this single is a fast-paced experience that seems to draw on everything from Nancy Sinatra ("These Boots Were Made for Walking") to Billy Joel ("We Didn't Start the Fire"). It's a fresh, experimental, approachable track that spotlights classic U2 elements, like Bono's unmistakable vocals along with the band's driving guitar accompaniments. Its anti-war message isn't overbearing, brooding, or judgmental, and seems to aptly tap into a growing momentum among today's
youth to end wars, create community, and help clean up the world's problems.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what role music plays in current events. Do you like to listen to songs that discuss politics or social issues? Do you think musicians can influence audience's political views? If you like a band's music, would you automatically like their message?

Music details

  • Artist: U2
  • Release date: January 19, 2009
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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