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Speak Now



Teen country queen grows up but still keeps it clean.
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Positive messages

Most of the messages are refreshingly introspective, exploring the ups and downs of friendships, romantic relationships, and other aspects of growing up. For instance, "All that I know is I don't know how to be something you miss."

Positive role models

As she leaves her teens behind, Swift sings about topics and feelings that are relevant to young adults, yet without a lot of references to sex, substance use, or other mature content.

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Some suggestive lyrics. For example, "She's not a saint and she's not what you think / She's an actress, Whoa / She's better known for the things that she does on the mattress."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Taylor Swift's second album, Speak Now, is decidedly more mature than her debut record, Fearless -- including deeper, more thoughtful lyrics about relationships of all kinds, as well as a few more references to sexual intimacy. That said, the CD is still free of profanity and explicit sex, making it an age-appropriate choice for older tweens and young teens.

What's the story?

SPEAK NOW is the sophomore album from wildly popular young country star Taylor Swift. As in her first record, Fearless, Swift spends much of her second CD exploring the trials and tribulations of growing up. This time, however, Swift sings about things that happened when she was nearly through with her teens; in other words, the subject matter has become a bit more serious and introspective. For example, in "Dear John," the song about her rumored past romance with fellow musician and notorious heartbreaker John Mayer, Swift sings, "And I lived in your chess game, but you changed the rules every day / Wondering which version of you I might get on the phone tonight / Well I stopped picking up, and this song is to let you know why." Despite the more intense emotions, however, Swift still steers clear of profanity, graphic sexual descriptions, and references to substance use -- making this album age-appropriate overall for older tweens and young adults.

Is it any good?


Vocally, Swift has nowhere near the chops of contemporaries like Carrie Underwood or Beyonce. That said, there's a simple, pure quality to her voice that lends itself well to her many innocent songs about having her heart broken. She also continues to deserve props for writing all of her own songs -- an accomplishment that few of her peers can claim. And while they may not be the most musically complex tunes ever composed, those songs are actually good, lingering in your mind long after they're over.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the specific topics mentioned in these songs, such as the topic of bullying that's covered in the tune "Mean." Does Swift offer any good advice that her listeners can follow when confronting these issues in their own lives?

  • In the song "Never Grown Up," what do you think of Swift's message about "Don't you ever grow up, just stay this little / Don't you ever grow up, it can stay this simple"? Is this message realistic?

Music details

Artist:Taylor Swift
Release date:October 26, 2010
Label:Big Machine Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old May 14, 2011


LOVE IT!!! Her BEST albom ever
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written byParamayerswift January 15, 2011

Speak Now?...Erm, Maybe Later...for the 10 year old at least.

I truly enjoyed this album. It was very refreshing. The music and lyrics more grown up and smarter than they were on her previous albums. That being said, I would not recommend parents buy this album for any child under 14. "Mean" (Track 6) and "Better Than Revenge" (Track 10) don't send very positive messages to young girls...Mean pretty much says "If you make fun of me, I'll make fun of you, loser" and Better Than Revenge says: "If a boy picks another female over you, call them a sl*t to make yourself feel better". On another note, sex and sleeping together is implied a quite few times in Mine ("and there's a drawer of my things at your place"), Sparks Fly ("You touch me once and it's really something/You find I'm better than you imagined I'd be"), and Dear John (a song about a rendez-vous with a 32 year old player). This album obviously isn't as happy and joyful as her last; the songs about happy dates and friendships are traded for songs about bitterness, sadness and worries (Enchanted & Speak Now sound happy musically, but lyrically are downers) The album is great, yes....but Taylor's happy teenage days are over and that might not sit well with the 8 year olds who loved Today was a Fairytale and can't understand why Taylor should "Run as fast as she can" from her dear John. :/
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Too much sex
Great role models
Parent of a 5 and 6 year old Written bybirdsbride May 7, 2011

Love this CD

I listen to this with my kids and they love it. Only "blemish" for the younger audience is some of the references in "Better than Revenge". Overall, the positive messages and the talent (for my family anyways) outweigh the "iffy-ness" of that one song.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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