A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single includes no profanity or direct references to adult themes like sex and substance use. That said, it's a more realistic take on romantic relationships than we've seen from Taylor Swift in the past, reflecting the star's own growing maturity. There's one suggestive line: "There's a drawer of my things at your place."
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What's the story?
At long last, Taylor Swift fans can feast their ears on a new song, "MINE," from the uber-star's forthcoming second album, Speak Now. The tune finds Taylor once again talking about her favorite topic -- love -- only with a decidedly more mature, realistic perspective. The lyrics chronicle the progression of a new relationship from its first carefree days ("We were sitting there by the water / You put your arm around me for the first time") to years later, when the reality of things like paying the bills sets in. While optimism still wins out with Taylor in the end ("I ran out crying and you followed me out into the street / Braced myself for the goodbye ... and you took me by surprise, you said 'I'll never leave you alone'"), this is not the fairy-tale take on romance that we've seen in previous Swift songs. It's still OK for tweens, though parents should be aware that one line -- "There's a drawer of my things at your place" -- refer to a romantic sleep-over.
Is it any good?
From a musical standpoint, "Mine" is no earth-shattering feat of creativity from Taylor Swift. That said, it reveals the same rolling, carefree ease that have made past Swift songs so appealing, with another twangy pop-country hook that stays with you after the song's over.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reality of romantic relationships: sometimes they're wonderful, sometimes they're challenging. How do you know the difference between a "normal" issue between two people, and one that reflects a fundamental problem?
What are five things two people in a relationship can do to keep the lines of communication open between them?