"Live While We're Young" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Brit boy band shows a cheeky side; know your tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

To  "seize the day" is certainly a message we all would love to live up to. That "seize the day" also apparently includes "getting some" isn't necessarily a positive message for younger fans.

Positive role models

One Direction, so far, keeps their music and lyrics pretty clean. Even though the lyrics say "tonight let's get some" and does have some minor innuendo, the message of embracing life in a carefree way is endearing.

Violence
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Sex

"Tonight let's get some, and live while we're young" is pretty obvious in its meaning, but that's as bad as it gets.

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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Brit sensations One Direction sing about living in the moment on their single "Live While We're Young." Like with their other songs, most of the lyrics and content are fine for kids. However, there is some innuendo on this track that insinuates "hooking up," so know it's possible you may hear your tweens singing "Tonight let's get some!"

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Brit boy band One Direction releases "LIVE WHILE WE'RE YOUNG," the lead single off of their highly-anticipated, scream-inducing sophomore album, Take Me Home, which follows the smashing success of their debut, Up All Night. The insanely catchy, bubbly single embraces the idea of living in the moment ("I know we only met but let's pretend it's love.") and having carefree fun.

Is it any good?

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It's impossible not to like "Live While We're Young" given its sweet theme of embracing life in the present and its riff and chorus that stay in your head well after the song has ended. One Direction has the perfect balance of harmonies, techno-beats, and pop-indie rhythms to make their music stand out from other radio-friendly groups, and always leaves you wanting more. Although the fact that the chorus boldly states "Tonight let's get some, and live while we're young," could mean a shift in 1D's tweeny image, it's still a fun Carpe Diem anthem that will get any party started.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the allure of boy bands like One Direction and The Wanted. What makes them so successful so fast? Is it just their music? Their image? Does it make them more intriguing because they're from another country? Why?

  • What do you think about the noticeably racier lyrics here? Why would the guys risk their squeaky-clean image?

  • Do edgy lyrics make a band seem cooler? Why or why not?

Music details

Artist:One Direction
Release date:September 28, 2012
Type:Single
Label:Syco Music
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Written byAnonymous August 26, 2013
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18
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Off for anyone 18 & Under TV-MA Under Iffy for 19- 24 and On the 25+

WOW! A One Direction Song that's Not for Kids. No this it's no error nether. This is a Sex Song. About Teen Sex. Not for Kids/ Teens at all.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent of a 11 and 17 year old Written byHeartandSoul5 October 13, 2012
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12
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Great Job Boys!

It's very clean and all, but the song meaning is totally not good for our kids to know. The song has a catchy tune, but it's not the greatest message in life. Live While We're Young is basically just telling everyone that they should do anything that might not seem right before you're an adult, even though the boys of One Direction are already Young Adults, and therefore making the music for people who are mature enough, like tweens & teens.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 October 11, 2012
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Catchy :)

It's sort of like a mix of 'Up All Night', musically, and 'What Makes You Beautiful', in that it's catchier (like it's more likely to get stuck in your head than "Up All Night"). The iffy lines in this song are: "I know we only met, but let's pretend it's love", "Tonight let's get some", and "Don't let the pictures leave your phone".
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Parent of a 13 and 18 year old Written byYoung@heart October 10, 2012
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17
QUALITY
 

Almost appropriate, but beware.

This song is really fun but there are some sexual innuendos like, "I know we've just met, but let's pretend it's love." The chorus says, "Tonight, let's get some! And live while we're young." The video is really fun and clean.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex

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