"If I Die Young" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Death is topic of clean but mature country song.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 12 reviews

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Positive Messages

Nothing necessarily positive or negative, just a realistic perspective on death and its aftermath.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Heavy message about death and what happens afterward.


No overt violence, but a lot of direct talk about death and what comes after, such as being buried underground or in a river.


One line about "never knowin' the lovin' of a man."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although "If I Die Young" doesn't feature profanity or graphic references to sex, substances, or violence, it does have a heavy message about death and what happens afterward. With mentions of being buried, "never knowin' the lovin' of a man," and God/heaven, this tune may elicit a lot of questions from younger tweens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCSM Screen name... January 26, 2015
Adult Written byMJMom4 May 30, 2012

Despair not necessary

A song that essentially glorifies one's death above one's life is tragic, especially when I remember so often wondering about the purpose of my own li... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byUseursense August 16, 2013

OK I guess

This is a very catchy song. I think it is OK for older Tweens. It has the topic of death, that's the problem
Kid, 11 years old February 20, 2013


This is a good song.

What's the story?

Country trio (and siblings) The Band Perry already have the afterlife on their minds in \"If I Die Young,\" a single about a person whose life is cut short at an early age. While the song's lyrics don't have profanity or explicit references to sex, substance use, or violence, they still contain mature lines about some of the things in life that a young person will miss out on -- including \"the lovin' of a man\" -- and what happens after death, such as being buried and going to the \"Lord's kingdom.\" Parents will want to listen closely to this song before letting younger tweens tune in.

Is it any good?

The two-guy, one-girl makeup of The Band Perry plays well here, with Kimberly Perry's smooth lead vocals complemented by the nice backup harmonies, mandolin, and violin from her brothers. The overall effect is a sweet song in the classic new-country vein.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why young teen artists -- like The Band Perry -- would create a song like "If I Die Young."

  • As a young person with a long life in front of you, how can you remind yourself to make the most of every day?

  • Families might want to discuss their values and beliefs when it comes to death and burial.

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