"If I Die Young" (CD Single)
What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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.