"Marry the Night" (CD Single)

 
Gaga gets serious in emotional song, mature video.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some conflicting messages about embracing life.

Positive role models

The song is about resigning yourself to a life of "emptiness."

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

A couple of references to "making love" and kissing.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Mentions drinking whiskey at a bar. Smoking in the video.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Marry the Night" is a fairly clean single as far as explicit language and references go, with no profanity, only a couple of mild references to sex/kissing, and one line about drinking whiskey. That said, the overarching message is a mature one about accepting emotional ups and downs as a part of life -- which Lady Gaga acts out in the racy video, which shows her (half clothed) having a breakdown in a mental institution and then working her way back up the ladder to become a star. The song itself is OK for young teens, but the video is best for older kids.

What's the story?

"MARRY THE NIGHT" is the fifth single from the second full-length album by pop phenomenon Lady Gaga. The song is about accepting that life can be an emotional roller coaster. The video shows Gaga mostly naked in parts, occasionally smoking, having an emotional breakdown, and then participating in a dance audition as she attempts to resurrect her career.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Big, booming organ, synthesizer, and vocals come crashing out of this song at an almost frenetic pace, reminiscent of when Kevin Bacon danced in the stockyard to Moving Pictures' "Never" in the original Footloose. Like the song from the movie, you can't help but get caught up in this track.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to cope with feelings of sadness and depression. Is it normal to have "down" days every once in a while? What can make you feel better?

  • What's the meaning behind the line "I'm a soldier to my own emptiness"? Do you think it's better for lonely people to deal with their feelings by themselves or to talk with someone they trust? Why?

Music details

Artist:Lady Gaga
Release date:December 3, 2011
Type:Single
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Written byAnonymous February 23, 2013
age 18+
 

Not for kids.

This is a Lady GaGa song and Sex is in it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 17, 2012
age 18+
 

marry the night cd single

Families can talk about how to cope with feelings of sadness and depression. Is it normal to have "down" days every once in a while? What can make you feel better? What's the meaning behind the line "I'm a soldier to my own emptiness"? Do you think it's better for lonely people to deal with their feelings by themselves or to talk with someone they trust? Why?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 8, 2012
age 11+
 

Really good!

What other families should know
Too much sex

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