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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Runaways" is a single from the alt-rock band, The Killers. The lyrics are clean but have a mature message of teenage passion, impulse, and irresponsibility, leading to a doomed, shotgun marriage. It's about getting caught up in the appeal of love, but being unwilling to follow through with commitments.
What's the story?
"Runaways" is the first single from Battle Born, the fourth album by the alt-rock band, The Killers. Fronted by singer/keyboardist Brandon Flowers, "Runaways" is about teen runaways' romance turned sour. Life unfolds with a child and marriage, but the relationship falls apart with resurfacing urges to run away. The video is clean and sparse, placing the band playing against backdrops including a starlit sky, stretches of a deserted highway, and the Vegas skyline.
Is it any good?
"Runaways" is a great summer song reminiscent of '80s power rock ballads. It starts with gentle piano and guitar chords, then gains momentum and dimension with whiplash speed. Running away from challenges may not be the best choice in life, but driving around with the windows down, belting out this song with all you've got, can be the perfect summer escape.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what responsibility means and how it changes through different stages of life. What does it mean to be a responsible kid, teenager, parent, adult?
Consider the phrase, "Think before you act." What does it mean? What happens when we act irresponsibly and what can be the consequences of doing so? Can our reckless actions hurt others as well as ourselves?
Mistakes and misjudgments happen in life -- sometimes it's consequence that's the best teacher. Share a story about a mistake you once made that taught you a lesson.
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