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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that in much the same vein as many an alt-rock song, "Gold on the Ceiling" contains ambiguous but clean lyrics. It features no allusions to sex, substances, or violence, just some obscure descriptions of the way love can be binding yet ultimately liberating. Overall, it's an acceptable choice for younger fans of the genre.
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What's the story?
"GOLD ON THE CEILING" is the second single from the seventh full-length record by The Black Keys, a garage-rock duo originally out of Akron, Ohio. Co-produced by Danger Mouse, one half of the hip-hop act Gnarls Barkley, this single follows the usual alt-rock lyrical formula: little mature content but lots of ambiguous lines. The tune describes a person who feels the pull of love -- and recognizes that it can sometimes have an overpowering, quicksand-like effect. Yet in the end, opening yourself up to emotion is the healthiest way to live: "They wanna get my gold on the ceiling / I ain't blind, just a matter of time before you steal it / It's alright, ain't no guard in my house."
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about alt-rock. What do you like about the genre? What makes it different from pop or rock?
Why do so many alt-rock songs have cryptic or obscure lyrics? Do you like finding meaning in these words?
Is it disappointing when a lesser-known band gains mainstream popularity? Why or why not?