A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Never Say Never" is another clean, uplifting song from Justin Bieber. Its positive lyrics focus on sticking with something even when others try to knock you down: "I will never say never, I will fight 'til forever / Whenever you knock me down, I will not stay on the ground."
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What's the story?
NEVER SAY NEVER is a song originally from the soundtrack of 2010's The Karate Kid that was rereleased to appear on the 2011 album Never Say Never. The tune also features guest vocals from the movie's star, Jaden Smith. In the same vein as the film, the track's lyrics encourage following your dreams even when obstacles get in your way. Like just about every Justin Bieber song that's come before, this tune includes no swearing or adult content, making it another great choice for kids of any age.
Is it any good?
There's nothing earth-shattering about this single's sound: it has the same straight-up, synth-pop hook and solid vocals as lots of Bieber songs. That said, Smith's guest spot is a cute addition that will undoubtedly appeal to younger kids in search of some age-appropriate rap.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the parallels between these song lyrics and the plot of The Karate Kid film (which stars Jaden Smith). What do they have in common?
Can you name three other songs with similarly inspiring lyrics?
Why do you think Bieber stays so popular? What's his appeal?
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