"Shakespeare" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Light pop from iCarly star is fine for tween fans.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Song is about finding out more about someone you just met.

Positive role models

Cosgrove sings about the importance and need to "know more" about a possible love interest.

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Lyrics say, "Do you like kissing when it's raining?" and "Before you go, you're three inches from my lips, before we do this, I need to know..." 

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Single was performed live by Cosgrove on Nick show iCarly on the episode "I Do."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this song was performed by Miranda Cosgrove on her mega-hit Nick TV show, iCarly. It's about the allure and excitement of just meeting a possible romantic interest, but the importance of finding out more about the person. The single mentions "kissing in the rain" and a near-kiss encounter with the mystery man Cosgrove meets. It's fine for kids and fans of iCarly.

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Kids say

What's the story?

SHAKESPEARE is from iCarly TV star Miranda Cosgrove's debut studio album. It's a sweet, bubbly pop song about new love and the possibility of a kiss. Cosgrove performed the single live on the Nickelodeon show, which might encourage series fans to seek it out.

Is it any good?


"Shakespeare" is an airy, pop tune that lets Cosgrove show that she can, in fact, sing, as well as star in a hit TV show. The song is a sweet declaration, or series of questions, posed to a possible love interest that she has locked eyes with on a train one day. "What do you like? I need to know. Do you like Shakespeare? Jeff Buckley, watching movies on Sunday or kissing when it's raining?" The song ends in a walk home and a close kiss-encounter on the front steps. It's all frothy, squeaky-clean fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the allure of TV stars and their music careers. Do you watch iCarly? Does the fact that this singer stars in a hit show make you more inclined to listen to the music? Does this song make you want to watch the show more?

  • Why is it important to get to know someone before kissing them?

Music details

Artist:Miranda Cosgrove
Release date:September 27, 2010
Label:Nick Records
Genre:Pop music for kids
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old November 8, 2011


Ignore CommonSenseParent, that thing's a nut. I don't even think that's a real parent, just a prank or a nutcase. I love this song! And read the rest of CommonSenseParent's reviews. All of Ke$ha's songs are 11+ (I'm 11 and they are not appropriate. I've heard them.) And they're is nothing "sinful or explicit." Maybe not explicit but definetly sinful. And all of Taylor Swift and Miranda Cosgrove's songs are "explicit." She also said Miley's new album "Can't Be Tamed" is fine and a song on there says sh-t multiple times ("Quit talkin' sh-t" about a billion times), says hell (not too bad but this song or Taylor's has no swearing yet they're explicit? Miley says "I won't send you to hell cause I'm not a brat like that." And uses the phase "pissed off" "I'm so pissed off." And in the same song where she says that ("Talk is Cheap") she talks about clubbing. In the same album, she says "I hope you choke when you light up your smoke." Miranda's fine, parents, and CommonSenseParent is a joke.
Kid, 10 years old March 21, 2011

I love it, more than any other CD I have listened to!

Anybody who hates Miranda Cosgrove is stupid, she is the best singer in history and there is barely nothing wrong with any of her songs. They are all awesome and just make me wanna cry because it is so beautiful!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old February 9, 2011

awesome for all ages

i think this song is age apporpite and good
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Great role models


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