A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Princess Die" is a decidedly violent song about a girl committing suicide. Lady Gaga details different possible methods (taking pills and leaving a note, doing it in a swiming pool "so everybody sees"), loosely alluding to Princess Diana's tragic life and death (in a car crash) throughout the track. There is one use of "s--t." Overall, the single sends all the wrong messages to young tweens and teens trying to find constructive ways to cope with complex emotions.
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What's the story?
Never one to shy away from controversy, Lady Gaga's at it again with "PRINCESS DIE," a tune about a girl who takes her own life. With allusions to the life and death of Princess Diana, the track explores intentionally ending a life marked by sadness and despair. Gaga introduced the song at a June 2012 concert, saying it "may or may not" appear on her next album.
Is it any good?
Lady Gaga's talent for playing piano comes through in this mournful ballad, with a melancholy sound that reflects its somber subject matter. While it remains to be seen if Gaga will record this live-concert performance with more in-studio arrangements, the song itself is a solid if not standout release in respect to her entire repertoire.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why a person might commit suicide -- and other options for working through challenging times.
What can you do if you or a friend is feeling overwhelmed and saddened by life?
What are some of the things you do to cheer yourself up when you're feeling down?