"Rolling in the Deep" (CD single)

 
No adult content, but this break-up song is intense.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song's lyrics about being jilted go beyond the usual hurt and sadness to wish the other person ill: "See how I'll leave with every piece of you,
/ Don't underestimate the things that I will do."

Positive role models

While being hurt by someone is never fair, revenge isn't the way to respond.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Adele
Release date:February 22, 2011
Label:Columbia
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 January 1, 2012
age 12+
 

Good song, bad messages

I love this song musically, but I don't like how the person wants revenge on an ex-boyfriend ("Don't underestimate the things that I will do"). It's a bad message, but also complex in a way-breakups are hard and hurt people, so I also see this song as expressing anger and sadness. In the original version of the song Adele says, "s-t" in this single, but in the edited version is "ship". I'm giving this 12+ not because the lyrics are inappropriate or anything, but because many kids won't understand the lyrics.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old November 15, 2011
age 10+
 

Love It!

Adele is awesome! I love this song and Someone Like You, they both just have so much emotion and power. You may not think that 11 year old girls would appreciate that, but I do. And it doesen't say sh-t, it says ship. If you listen closely you can hear the p sound at the end. Highly recommend it for tweens 10+!
Teen, 14 years old Written byMerlinFan October 16, 2011
age 9+
 

WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALL!!!

This song if fabulous! I sing it all the time. It has a good message about thinking love was true, but it wasn't, so whatever. I suppose it would be really good to listen to after a break-up. I'm Anti-Adele, so I really don't like the singer (she sounds horrible) but it's the song that matters, and it's great! For a really good version, listen to the remix by Ariana Grande.
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