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"Rolling in the Deep" (CD single)
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while "Rolling in the Deep" doesn't include any swearing or adult references, it's still an intensely emotional song about a girl who's been deeply hurt by a guy and wants to see him suffer as much as she has. For tweens and teens just learning the ropes of romantic relationships, the song could intensify feelings of sadness after a break-up.
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What's the story?
ROLLING IN THE DEEP is the first single from the record 21 by powerhouse British vocalist Adele. Like a lot of her other songs, this tune revolves around romantic heartbreak, with Adele describing how she's out for revenge. Though there's no graphic language or references to sex, substance use, or violence, the song's dark, aggressive lyrics about getting even send an unhealthy message about love. For example: "Baby, I have no story to be told / But I've heard one on you and I'm gonna make your head burn."
Is it any good?
Adele is one of the bright new stars on the popular music scene, with a smoky sound that's distinct from the sea of bubblegum popsters out there. This song in particular reaches out and grabs you, including a dramatic, blues-infused hook made all the more intense by Adele's soaring vocals.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the qualities of Adele's voice that help to make this song especially powerful. How would you describe her vocal style?
Would this song have as much impact were it sung by another artist? Why?
What makes this song mature, since there's no swearing or graphic content?
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