"Rolling in the Deep" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

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

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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.

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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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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 byimmabeamazing September 19, 2011
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Alright

I'm really getting sick of this song, but it's catchy and seems to be quite ppopular. Not really anything bad.
Kid, 12 years old January 4, 2014
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Adele - Rolling In the Deep

One use of a mild swear Really like this song
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old November 11, 2012
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