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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that “If I Didn't Know Better" is a sultry song featured on the premiere of the ABC drama series Nashville. Originally written and performed by the Nashville band the Civil Wars in 2009, the song's a steamy duet between two people on the verge of having an affair -- the woman's hesitant but flirtatious, while the man's suggestive and persistent. While there's no direct sexual language here, the song's message of temptation and seduction is palpable, so it's best for teens and up.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
Mix the mood of "Summertime" with the seduction of "Let's Get It On" and you've got "If I Didn't Know Better." This bluesy/jazzy duet swoons with acoustic guitar, piano, and strings, with lyrics that leave an ache that's nearly impossible to ignore. This song shines in its simplicity, raw emotion, and chemistry. It's an irresistible mix that'll leave you hankering for more.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the meaning of the song's title, "If I Didn't Know Better." Do you think it means that someone has an instinct to avoid something, but is tempted to try it anyhow? What are some consequences of ignoring your instincts or acting on an impulse?
What’s the mood of this song, and what makes it feel the way it does? Is it the music, the lyrics, or what the singers are saying to each other?
This song was performed in the premiere of the TV show Nashville. If you've seen the show, do you think the song fits the show's storyline? Why or why not?
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