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"Single Ladies" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a spirited break-up anthem about getting back at a guy who took what he had for granted. The song smacks of revenge, but there's also a message of empowerment, because Beyonce is clearly having fun. There are a few suggestive lyrics, but they're mild overall.
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What's the story?
SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) is a thumping groove-shaker. The story is a familiar one: Guy takes girl for granted and shies away from commitment; girl dumps him and hits the clubs for a night out with the single ladies; girl enjoys attention from a new guy while the old one looks on.
Is it any good?
"Single Ladies" definitely delivers on what Beyonce does best. It's sassy and noisy, with backup singers galore. It almost sounds like a cheerleading chant, and its sing-song style brings back memories of Toni Basil's "Hey Mickey." The song's "If you like it, then you should have put a ring on it" chorus is sure to become the mantra for girls fresh out of dead-end relationships everywhere.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the song's lyrics, which suggest that if a guy wants to stay with a girl, he needs to buy her a ring. Does that really solve everything? Do you agree that sometimes you don't really miss someone or something until it's gone? Have you ever taken something for granted? What happened?