"Skyscraper" (CD Single)



Melancholy but clean tune about moving on from heartache.
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Positive messages

The song describes getting back on your feet after falling on hard times.

Positive role models

Encourages listeners to put bad times behind them and continue to move forward.


One allusion to being cut by broken glass: "Would it make you feel better to watch me while I bleed / All my windows still are broken but I'm standing on my feet."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while "Skyscraper" talks about the heartache and pain that come from a failed romance, it doesn't include profanity, references to sex and substances, or violent imagery beyond one mention of being cut by broken glass. It's an age-appropriate song for older tweens.

What's the story?

"SKYSCRAPER" is the first single from Disney pop-starlet Demi Lovato since she finished a stint in rehab for what she called "emotional and physical issues." Using the end of a romantic relationship as a backdrop, the song's lyrics describe picking yourself up after experiencing difficult circumstances: "You can take everything I have, you can break everything I am / Like I'm made of glass, like I'm made of paper / Go on and try to tear me down, I will be rising from the ground like a skyscraper." Though one line references bleeding after being cut by broken glass, the song doesn't have any profanity or graphic references to sex and substances. Older tweens who can handle sad songs should be fine with this tune.


Is it any good?


On this power ballad, Lovato clearly comes out of the gate looking to prove that she's a musical force to be reckoned with, and she succeeds overall. Her vocals sound better than they ever have, and though the arrangements don't blow you away, it's still a track that will capture your attention.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the message of getting back up after being knocked down reflects Lovato's personal life and career.

  • This is Lovato's first song since completing rehab; how might she be using music to feel better and get back on her feet, both personally and professionally?

  • What are five things that help to pick up your mood when you're feeling down?

Music details

Artist:Demi Lovato
Release date:July 19, 2011
Label:Hollywood Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 9 and 12 year old Written bystarrparrent1 November 24, 2011


Demi's voice makes you want to cry.
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Adult Written byfrankf-k January 11, 2015

For all the people that need help for any problem with you!

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Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 August 6, 2011

Amazingly powerful song

This is a very powerful song. Demi's voice seems a bit starchy at parts, but it was because she had weakened her voice from purging when it was first recored; it actually gives the song a more powerful feel of overcoming a struggle. Overall I think it's a really good song with positive messages (i.e. making it through a struggle). I also think it's wonderful how Demi used this song to overcome her mental struggles. I think teens will get it more than kids, but it's not inappropriate; it does contain some violent metaphors (like watching someone as they bleed), and the lyrics are mature, but it's not too bad.
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