"I Don't Care" (CD single)

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Slick, hook-heavy single is cynical but tame.

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Positive Messages

Playful, sarcastic tones about selfishness and vanity: "I don't care what you think as long as it's about me" and "these friends they don't love you ... just the hotel suites."


Minor innuendo: "Heat wave in your pants," "Free love on the streets, but in the alley and I ain't that cheap, now."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One reference to "a breath like another cigarette."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is about "finding happiness in misery," even if it means presenting a life of vanity and selfishness. There's mention of a cigarette and very minor innuendo in a few lines, but that's it. Side note: The video is a little more crass, involving the band members dressing as nuns urinating in an alley, flashing strangers, and stealing tips from a street musician.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byMoonrover83 September 14, 2019

I don’t care what you think as long it’s about my reviews

This song is definitely one of my favorites. It has a solid rhythm and a melody which is easy to sing along with. Has very few not-so child appropriate referenc... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBramthornelovesmusic September 13, 2015


This is not there best work.very surprised

What's the story?

I DON'T CARE is the first single from Fall Out Boy's album Folie a Deux. It's about \"finding happiness in misery\" even in disregard to yourself or others. There is also a video available that features the band, a Sarah Palin look-alike, and some hilarious, uncivilized behavior.

Is it any good?

Tight jeans and eyeliner aside, Fall Out Boy actually has the chops to back up their Maybelline and hair gel. "I Don't Care" is slick and catchy, with exciting vocals and FOB's pumping drum and bass lines. The chorus chants, "I don't care what you think as long as it's about me, the best of us can find happiness in misery." The lyrics are smart and simple, and will no doubt find lots of airtime on the radio. This single will definitely whet fans' appetites for Folie a Deux.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the image of young punk-pop bands like Fall Out Boy. Do you think it's necessary to present a particular image to sell a product, such as albums or concert tickets? Should the music be enough on its own, or do we, as consumers, buy into the "whole package"?

Music details

  • Artist: Fall Out Boy
  • Release date: September 3, 2008
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Punk Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: September 13, 2015

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