A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Hair" is a clean track that promotes a positive body image. Lacking profanity and graphic references to sex, substance use, and violence, the song uses the topic of styling your hair how you want as a metaphor for being comfortable with your physical appearance. The message is a great one for tweens and teens in need of positive reinforcement as they go through the big physical changes that come with being a teenager.
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What's the story?
"HAIR" is the third single from Born This Way, the second album from mega-pop star Lady Gaga. The song is among the singer's cleanest to date -- it's entirely free of profanity, sex, substances, and violence. Its positive message revolves around styling your hair the way you like it, rather than how others think you should -- alluding to the broader idea of being comfortable with your physical appearance: "I just want to be free, I just want to be me ... I don't want to change, and I don't want to be ashamed." Tweens and teens struggling with lots of physical changes will get a boost from this uplifting message.
Is it any good?
"Hair" follows Lady Gaga's super-successful music formula, with a big, driving synth-beat that sounds a lot like many '80s hits and one refreshing exception: a guest performance by Clarence Clemons, sax player for legend Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Combined with the track's positive lyrics, the catchy hook will have lots of kids and adults alike singing along.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's important not to ridicule or criticize others for how they look. How would you feel if someone mocked your looks?
Lady Gaga is known for her outlandish fashion choices. Are some things unacceptable to wear under any circumstances? Why or why not?
Name five things you can do to feel more comfortable in your own skin.