"Innocent" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Melancholy but clean song about forgiveness and moving on.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Message about growing up, making mistakes, but picking yourself up and learning from them. "Today is never too late to be brand new."

Positive role models

If this song is indeed about Kanye West, it shows Swift's class in taking the high road. Seems she's forgiving West, and singing about learning from mistakes and moving on.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this song was performed live at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, in response, allegedly, to the 2009 debacle involving Kanye West's rude interruption of Swift's award acceptance speech. The song is darker and more somber than Swift's usual flavor, but its theme is uplifting: forgiving and learning from mistakes. Clean lyrics and content, but the heavy subject might be better for older kids.

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What's the story?

On her third album, Speak Now, Taylor Swift is finding her voice and heart. Many of the album's songs are about former flames and heartaches, but "INNOCENT" is a solemn, powerful ballad that is rumored to be a response (or reprieve) to Kanye West's stage-storming during her award acceptance at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Is it any good?

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What makes Taylor Swift's music so unique is how much of herself she puts into each song. With her album, Speak Now, she's going all in. "Innocent" is a little darker, more serious than her other tunes. The melancholy melody is haunting, with intense lyrics, heartfelt and relatable, saying: "Wasn't it easier in your lunchbox days? Always a bigger bed to crawl into." The song shows Taylor's growth as a singer and person, a product of fame and life's harsh realities, but it ends inspiring and powerful with the declaration, "Everyone of us has messed up too.../Today is never too late to be brand new.../It's alright, just wait and see, your string of lights is still bright to me, you're still an innocent. Who you are is not where you've been."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the media frenzy surrounding this song, Swift's MTV performance, and Kanye West. Do you think it is about him? Do you care? What do you think the song is about?

  • Do the rumors about this song's intent make it more interesting? Does it make you want to buy the music more?

  • The lyrics are melancholy, yet inspiring, saying, "Wasn't

  • it easier in your lunchbox days, always a bigger bed to crawl into/Who

  • you are is not where you've been or what you did." What do you think

  • about these lyrics? Do you think Taylor Swift is referring to herself?

  • Or her life as a celebrity?

Music details

Artist:Taylor Swift
Release date:October 19, 2010
Label:Big Machine Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old February 1, 2015
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If you listen to this song you at least have to have some tissues handy

Kid, 12 years old September 23, 2013
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CommonSenseParent is wrong!

CommonSenseParent SUCKS! Parent November 23, 2010 AGE 2 Explicit single not for kids Taylor Swift's single is not for children. The messages presented in the single "Innocent" are very sexual and not age-appropiate. This explicit single is for adults only. It's not, she doesn't know what she's talking about! Lyrics here "Innocent" I guess you really did it this time Left yourself in your warpath Lost your balance on a tightrope Lost your mind tryin' to get it back Wasn't it easier in your lunchbox days? Always a bigger bed to crawl into Wasn't it beautiful when you believed in everything And everybody believed in you? It's alright, just wait and see Your string of lights is still bright to me Oh, who you are is not where you've been. You're still an innocent, You're still an innocent. Did some things you can't speak of But at night you live it all again You wouldn't be shattered on the floor now If only you had seen what you know now then Wasn't it easier in your firefly-catchin' days? When everything out of reach, someone bigger brought down to you Wasn't it beautiful runnin' wild 'til you fell asleep Before the monsters caught up to you? It's alright, just wait and see Your string of lights is still bright to me Oh, who you are is not what you've been You're still an innocent It's okay, life is a tough crowd 32, and still growin' up now Who you are is not what you did. You're still an innocent. Time turns flames to embers You'll have new Septembers Every one of us has messed up too Minds change like the weather I hope you remember Today is never too late to be brand new It's alright, just wait and see Your string of lights is still bright to me Oh, who you are is not what you've been You're still an innocent. It's okay, life is a tough crowd 32, and still growin' up now Who you are is not what you did You're still an innocent. You're still an innocent. Lost your balance on a tightrope. It's never too late to get it back. NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT!!!!!! CommonSenseParent says that Ke$ha's good! Don't listen to her!
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Teen, 13 years old Written byUseursense September 14, 2013
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AWESOME!

I love this song!!!!!!!!!! Great message! "Who you are is not what you did." "I hope you remember, today is never to late too, be brand new," "everyone of us has messed up too," really uplifting!

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