A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Pontoon" is the first No. 1 single for country group Little Big Town. Musically, the song has a catchy but lazy-summer-days feel to it. The band members sing about sunning, swimming, and drinking with friends. There's no violence, cursing, or sexual language, but the song celebrates the enjoyment of swimming and boating in combination with alcohol, which sets a poor example for kids.
What's the story?
\"PONTOON\" is the first No. 1 single for the country group Little Big Town. The music has a relaxed, summery feel, and the lyrics portray friends enjoying a lazy cruise on a pontoon (a flat-bottomed boat) on a hot day, so characters jump in the water and drink beer from a cooler.
Is it any good?
Little Big Town's song "Pontoon" has a nice, relaxed vibe and summery feel. Musically, the guitar and mandolin picking of Jimi Westbrook and Philip Sweet add interest to this catchy tune. Lyrically, "Pontoon" is a sunny party song about cruising on the water, swimming, and drinking with friends. Many parents may find this pleasant-seeming scene gives kids the wrong idea about consuming alcohol while enjoying water sports -- a dangerous combination.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the dangers of drinking while enjoying water and water sports. What consequences are possible with this mix?
What's appealing about the atmosphere created in this song?
Do you think songs about drinking make kids want to drink alcohol? Why or why not?
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