"Speak Now" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Clean song filled with childish fantasies; OK for older kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 32 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The messages here are mixed: while Taylor encourages the object of her affections not to settle for what he may not want, she also has a somewhat childish, fantasy-like approach to the situation that doesn't represent real life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though this single itself isn't overwhelmingly positive, Taylor still manages to be a great role model for young adults everywhere -- working hard at her career while keeping her personal life clean.


The guy she likes is about to marry the "wrong girl" with a "snotty little family."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in this single Taylor Swift once again indulges in fantasy -- this time, about breaking up a marriage ceremony that's about to occur between the guy she loves and another girl. While Swift sticks to her usual m.o. of no mature content or swearing, her repeated focus on living in a fantasy world may find parents wanting to discuss the differences between dreams and real life with their kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17-year-old Written byKaceygurl123 November 10, 2010

Perfect song for anybody!

Amazing song... Don't have a complaint. My whole family loves it from my 8yr old to my 16 yr old!
Kid, 11 years old October 6, 2020

Mostly amazing messages

This song does promote some rude behaviors (such as crashing an event), but other than that it's great! The message is that any relationship worth having i... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 1, 2015

What's the story?

The second single from her full-length CD of the same name, "SPEAK NOW" once again finds pop-country sweetheart Taylor Swift singing the blues about a guy she may lose. This time, the guy in question is about to marry the "wrong girl" with a "snotty little family." Swift fantasizes about speaking out at the point in the ceremony where witnesses are asked to "speak now or forever hold your peace," and when she actually does, the guy abruptly halts the ceremony and runs away with her. As usual, Taylor doesn't use foul language or mature references to get her story across, but her repeated themes of living in an alternate reality may raise an eyebrow among some parents.

Is it any good?

"Speak Now" doesn't find Taylor at her musical best: while her vocals have a light, lovely tone, she clearly can't belt it out like peers such as Carrie Underwood. In earlier tunes, power chords help to cover up her sometimes-shaky vocals, but this song finds Swift singing almost a capella at certain points. Coupled with a few jarringly atypical lyrics like "snotty," and the overall affect is a bit less fluid than the usual Taylor hit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the plusses and minuses of daydreaming. What are some of the positive things that can result from dreaming big?

  • On the other hand, what are some of the pitfalls involved in living too much in a fantasy world?

Music details

  • Artist: Taylor Swift
  • Release date: October 5, 2010
  • Label: Big Machine Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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