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"Higher" (CD single)
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while this song's title might seem like a reference to drugs, it's really a squeaky-clean tune about elevating your mood by dancing. There's no adult content or graphic language whatsoever, making it an age-appropriate choice for younger listeners.
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What's the story?
When R&B crooner Taio Cruz remixed his song "HIGHER" with rapper Travie McCoy, he didn't alter the gist of the original lyrics: Both versions of the song are super-clean tunes about getting a natural high from dancing, without engaging in drinking or drug use. The straightforward lyrics include "I got this high, we're about to get a feel / This move has got me way over the sun, I'm dancing like I'm the only one." These and other energizing lines make this song a fun and age-appropriate choice for tweens and teens.
Is it any good?
The smooth vocals that Cruz shows off in the original single are complemented by the addition of McCoy's upbeat rhymes in this remix. While the overall effect isn't earth-shattering, the song's consistent, catchy beat is enough to ensure the song's regular rotation in the clubs (and at middle school and high school parties).
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how fun physical activity -- like dancing -- can help your state of mind. What are other physical activities that are also fun to do?
How do you feel when you're finished playing a sport, working in the garden, or doing another form of exercise?
Many pop songs are about having a good time, and often drinking is part of the fun. Why do you think that is?
For kids who love to dance
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