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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Maps" is a catchy, up-tempo pop song from Maroon 5's fifth studio album, V. This song about loyalty and searching for a love that was lost is kid-safe with no iffy content. There have been two official videos released, one a clean lyric video and the other an explicit version that includes alcohol and drug use, infidelity, one use of "f--k," and violent footage of a girl being hit by a car.
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What's the story?
MAPS by Maroon 5 is a breakup/make-up song that can be summed up in the repeated lyrics, "Where were you when I needed you?" The singer feels let down but is not ready to give up on the relationship; he is "following the map that leads to you." Overall, the song's message is a sweet and uplifting testament to the importance of loyalty and commitment to a relationship.
Is it any good?
"Maps" is an up-tempo dance number that doesn't break any new ground but is catchy nonetheless. The song's theme has been done countless times before, but young listeners may find this go-round especially infectious, especially at school dances. The explicit video contains drug and alcohol use and violent imagery, including a graphic depiction of a girl being hit by a car. Fans of Maroon 5 and dance-pop in general no doubt will like this slickly produced pop song.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the messages of loyalty in the song. What does it mean to stick together through good times and bad?
How important is commitment to a relationship, be it romantic or platonic? What does it feel like to be let down by someone you trust?
Do you think the music video makes sense as a visual representation of the song?
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