"Here's to Never Growing Up" (CD Single)

 
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Another tribute to teen angst, this time with f-bomb.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song glorifies acting irresponsibly: "They say just grow up but they don't know us / We don't give a f--k and we're never gonna change."

 

Positive role models

While Lavigne has been an empowering role model for young girls in the past, her refusal to act like an adult as she matures isn't the best example for tweens and teens.

Violence
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Sex
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Language

The lyrics contain multiple uses of profanity, including "damn," "ass," and "f--k."

 

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The refrain "I got a bottle of whatever, but it's getting us drunk," is repeated multiple times, as well as "When the sun's going down, we'll be raising our cups." Lavigne also brags "We live like rock stars / Dance on every bar."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Avril Lavigne continues her usual theme of teen rebellion on her single "Here's to Never Growing Up," but has upped the angst, profanity, and references to drinking. The message in the song and video (which shows her running amok at prom with her cohorts) that she refuses to grow up and doesn't "give a f--k" makes this song best for teens.

What's the story?

Avril Lavigne continues to sing about being a teen rebel in this single from her upcoming fifth album. "HERE'S TO NEVER GROWING UP" shows Lavigne still doesn't care about acting like an adult as she trashes the halls of her high school in the music video and gloats "We'll be running down the street yelling kiss my ass, / I'm like yeah whatever, we're still living like that."

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If you like classic Avril Lavigne, then you'll probably love "Here's to Never Growing Up," even if you're kind of wishing she would finally grow up. Adults will be hooked by nostalgia with the first line ("Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs / With the boom box blaring as we're falling in love") while everyone else will be singing "Here's to never growing up" at the top of their lungs. And the clever nods to "Complicated" in the music video are fun to watch.

If this were Lavigne's first or second album, it would be a satisfying hit. But this is her fifth album and nothing new is being brought to the table. And seeing her run around pretending she's at her senior prom when really she's almost 30 is just kind of sad. It may be tongue-in-cheek, but it's starting to get a little old. Hopefully her new music will keep the energy of "Here's to Never Growing Up," but will bring some much-needed maturity.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Lavigne's image. Do you think she's a positive role model for kids? Why or why not?

  • Why do you think Lavigne referenced her "Complicated" music video in "Here's to Never Growing Up"? What's similar about the two videos?

  • Lavigne is an adult. Do you think she should still be singing about teen issues and themes?

Music details

Artist:Avril Lavigne
Release date:April 19, 2013
Type:Single
Label:Epic
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 11 years old May 29, 2013
 

Ay Ay Ay

Lots of swearing.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byszaboe18 February 9, 2014
 

Good song,

This is a song from the point of view of a partying teenager. While it's really catchy and has a good melody, there is swearing and drinking themes.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of an infant, 2, 6, and 10 year old Written byAG Fan Parent August 8, 2013
 

Amazing, great song with not "that much" bad stuff....!

Okay, don't worry-I know this doesn't have "positive messages." But if you think about it, maybe it does, because with all else, it does encourage "staying young" and "never growing up," which kids seem to eager to do these days. Yeah, the kind of "never growing up" is probably better when it involves still owning stuffed animals and NOT drinking, but the message still stands. This is my favourite song, because even as a mom I listen to music like this (I'm admitting it, okay?), but I bought the clean version, which was what was #1 when it first came out, before I think the non-clean version was even released (weird how that happened, I honestly don't know how), so the f-word was bleaped and I (not knowing it was the clean version) figured it was meant to be like that. Of course, the version that's popular now says it, but to me, swearing is not what makes songs bad. Overall, this song isn't made for an elementary school age kid (obviously), but is pretty much fine for any middle-schooler. If you don't like swearing, get the clean version, and though that doesn't bleap out the "getting drunk" part, it really isn't that bad (let's face it, your kid HAS heard that before).
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Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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