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"If I Die Young" (CD Single)

Death is topic of clean but mature country song.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Music details

Artist:The Band Perry
Release date:July 12, 2011
Label:Universal Republic
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old August 7, 2011

Such a beautiful song

I love it! It's so beautiful! The Band Perry has to be one of my favorite bands!
Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 December 13, 2011

3.5/4 stars

The music is nice (as well as the singing), but the song is about death-which is kind of dark. It's not innapropriate except for that part. I think it's okay for kids 11+.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old November 13, 2011

Great song.

Nothing really bad about this song. I usually don't like country, but this song I really love. :/ Strange. Try it.