"Summertime Sadness (feat. Cedric Gervais)" (CD Single)

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
"Summertime Sadness (feat. Cedric Gervais)" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Remix adds dance beats to pop starlet's melancholy single.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

The song and music video both feature themes of suicide and reckless behavior, ("Cruising down the coast going 'bout 99 ... I know if I go, I'll die happy tonight") which isn't a very positive message for young kids.

Positive role models & representations

While Del Ray isn't necessarily a bad role model, her music often focuses on negative relationships, which isn't the best example for kids.

Violence

The video shows a girl contemplating committing suicide on a bridge and Lana jumping off a cliff with glass shattering to symbolize her fall.

Sex

The song mentions kissing ("Kiss me hard before you go") and features some semi-sexy lyrics ("Honey, I'm on fire, I feel it everywhere").

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this track is a dance remix by French DJ Cedric Gervais of Lana Del Ray's single "Summertime Sadness." The video is also a remix of Del Ray's original video for the single and features images of suicide. The track doesn't have any iffy language or references to drugs or alcohol, but it does mention kissing. It also has a moody, brooding feel and theme. The dark overtones of the video and the vague sexuality in the song make it best for older tweens and up.

User Reviews

Educator and Parent Written byJared Galczynski June 25, 2014
She's got that summertime, summertime, sadness.
Adult Written byabbacus September 10, 2013
Kid, 10 years old November 4, 2013

Fun and upbeat luvin this song

This song has some kissing mentioned in it, and has a kind of vibe of "lovey-dovey" in it but it's really upbeat and fun!
Kid, 0 years old February 5, 2014

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yes sleep me class

What's the story?

French DJ Cedric Gervais has added dance beats to Lana Del Ray's single, "SUMMERTIME SADNESS," from her second album Born to Die. The melancholy single is about a woman feeling reckless and exhilarated even as she knows her relationship is ending. The vintage-looking video shows stylistic images of suicide, with one woman jumping from a bridge and Del Ray jumping from a cliff.

Is it any good?

Like the music video -- which shows vintage home movie shots of Del Ray and another woman looking happy, interspersed with images of them both jumping off a bridge or cliff -- Gervais' remix is a weird blend of melancholy and frenetic energy. What could be really awkward works really well here, adding some much-needed energy to Del Ray's at-times droning voice. The dance beats perfectly capture the energy and recklessness portrayed in the lyrics ("Oh, my God, I feel it in the air / Telephone wires above are sizzling like a snare") in a way that was missing in the original mix. It's a great collaboration.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the music video's vintage style. Why do you think it's shot to look like old film?

  • Do you like the remix? Do you think it adds anything to the original song?

  • Parents can also talk to their kids about suicide and discuss what kids should do if they or a friend ever feels desperate or hopeless.

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