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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Play It Again" is the fourth single from country star Luke Bryan's album Crash My Party. "Play It Again" is about a man who is attracted to a girl. The girl's favorite song comes on the radio, and she gets excited and wants to dance. The track is tame enough for tweens, with only one vague reference to alcohol in the lyrics "tryin' to pour a little sugar in her Dixie cup"; the characters in the song also share a kiss. The official video for the song shows Bryan pouring champagne backstage, and a few fans in the crowd shot have beer.
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What's the story?
In PLAY IT AGAIN, Luke Bryan's fourth single from the album Crash My Party, a man is attracted to a woman and tries to put "sugar in her Dixie cup." Suddenly, the woman's favorite song comes on the radio, and she is very excited and wants to dance. Later, the singer gives the woman a ride home in his truck. He hopes the song will come on again because it affects the woman's mood, and when it does, they dance again and she kisses him goodnight. The song then flashes forward to the next Friday night, and they're on a date. They both love the song and kiss when it is played. The official video for "Play It Again" is mainly a concert video showing Luke Bryan performing before an arena crowd, with fans dancing, holding beer bottles, and singing along.
Is it any good?
Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" is a catchy, romantic, upbeat country song about the strong effect of music on young love. The lyrics will resonate for teens and tweens especially, at the age when they have very strong feelings about what songs they like, and how songs make them feel. Bryan is a skilled songwriter, who zeroes in on strong feelings and traditional country themes, and this chart-topping track is one of his most successful.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it fees like to identify with music. What's your favorite song? What makes it special to you?
"Play It Again" is a song about a song (among other things). Can you think of other songs like this?
Luke Bryan started his career as a songwriter for other artists. Check out Travis Tritt's recording of Luke Bryan's song "My Honky Tonk History."
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