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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Set Fire to the Rain" is a somewhat intense, if not overly mature, song about a girl who feels betrayed by the person she loved. The lyrics lack profanity and references to mature topics like substance use, with only a couple of light mentions of kissing and "laying" with someone. While this melodramatic tune may encourage brooding adolescents to embrace their angst , it's clean enough to be OK for most tweens and teens.
What's the story?
"SET FIRE TO THE RAIN" is another single from the mega-hit album 21 by Adele, the young U.K. singing sensation who's taking the music world by storm. Like many other songs on the record, this track is an angst-filled expression of disappointment about a failed romance, caused by a lying partner: "'Cause there's a side to you that I never knew, never knew / All the things you'd say they were never true, never true ... but I set fire to the rain / Watched it pour as I touched your face / Let it burn while I cried, 'cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name."
Is it any good?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to handle situations where you find out that someone close to you has been lying. What would be a constructive way to approach that person about the issue?
Describe some of the consequences that can happen as a result of not telling the truth.
What do you think makes Adele so popular? Her powerhouse vocals? Expressive lyrics? Both?
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