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"Misery" (CD single)



Brooding breakup song is accompanied by very violent video.
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Positive messages

This tune is slightly darker than the average breakup song. For example: "Sometimes these cuts are so much deeper then they seem / You'd rather cover up, I'd rather let them bleed."

Positive role models

Despite the dark tone of this single, the members of Maroon 5 set good overall examples, leading clean lives and avoiding controversy.


Though the lyrics themselves aren't very violent, the whole video is based on a girl who tries to kill a guy by knifing him, shooting him, hitting him with a car, and other acts of violence.


A few steamy lines like "Your salty skin and how it mixes in with mine / The way it feels to be completely intertwined." 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this single gives a darker take on the average breakup, with somewhat morbid lyrics like "I am in misery, there ain't nobody who can comfort me / Why won't you answer me? Your silence is slowly killing me." The video also depicts a girl trying to physically hurt a guy by knifing him, hitting him with a car, and more. That said, the lyrics themselves are largely free of graphic language, sexual descriptions, or references to substance use. In the end, the song itself is acceptable for teens.

What's the story?

Hot pop band Maroon 5 has released the first single, titled "MISERY," off their third studio album, Hands All Over. The story behind the song involves a guy who's lamenting a painful breakup, giving a somewhat dark and more adult rendition of post-breakup emotions: "I wrote two hundred letters I will never send / Sometimes these cuts are so much deeper than they seem / You’d rather cover up, I’d rather let them bleed... I am in misery, there ain’t nobody who can comfort me ...The silence is slowly killing me." Despite the melancholic overtone, the lyrics don't include explicit language or graphic descriptions of sex. However, the video is another matter -- showing the band members under various forms of physical attack by an extremely violent woman. Though the song itself is OK for teens, watch out for the video.

Is it any good?


"Misery" features the classic sound that's made other Maroon 5 songs famous: bubbly pop beats combined with lead singer Adam Levine's unusually high vocals. While the formula is nothing we haven't heard before, it still results in a catchy enough tune that will appeal to die-hard Maroon 5 fans and anyone who appreciates good, solid pop.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to handle an especially bad breakup. What are five things you can do to cheer yourself up after your heart's been broken?

  • What are five lessons you can learn from a bad breakup that can help you have more successful relationships in the future?

Music details

Artist:Maroon 5
Release date:July 29, 2010
Label:A&M Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 March 20, 2014

Catchy, but violent lyrics

This song is really catchy, and Adam Levine is a really good singer. However, the lyrics are violent and contain some depressing lyrics about breakups ("Sometimes these cuts are so much deeper than they seem / You'd rather cover up, I'd rather let them bleed.") I'd say it's better for older kids.
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Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byMetaMarthMario October 20, 2010

Good song accompanied by very violent video.

The song is fine, nothing inappropriate, but the video is extremely violent and sexual. 15+ for the video.
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Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written byshanno15 February 6, 2012

Thumbs up

Great song as always from Maroon 5
What other families should know
Too much sex


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