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"Red" (CD Single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Red" is another clean track from Taylor Swift, with no profanity or adult content like sex or substance use. That said, the song deals with one of Swift's favorite topics -- turbulent romantic relationships -- and all the ups and downs that come with them. It's an overall acceptable track for tweens, though parents may find themselves explaining what Swift means by alternately liking and disliking someone.
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What's the story?
"RED" is the third single from Taylor Swift’s album by the same name. Performed live for the first time at the BBC Radio Teen Awards in October 2012, the clean song finds Swift using color-based metaphors ("losing him was blue like I'd never known / Missing him was dark gray all alone … but loving him was red") covering familiar territory –– the exhilarating highs and devastating lows of romantic relationships.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the rapid speed with which artists today release new singles ("Red" is the third in three weeks for Swift) and the effect it has on audiences.
How could this more-is-more approach be both helpful and hurtful to an artist?
How has the Internet changed the ability of artists to get their music out to the masses? Are these changes a good or bad thing (or both)?
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