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"Sweet Nothing" (CD Single)



Hot DJ, singer team up in moody, powerful track.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A few bleak, yet not necessarily negative, messages about feeling "empty" and "hollow" after losing the person you love.

Positive role models

Song is about despair over a breakup, not being a role model.


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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Sweet Nothing" is hardly a light, carefree tune with lines like "There is a hollow in me now ... I'm trying to hope with nothing to hold." That said, it offers no graphic language or lyrics about sex, substance use, or violence –– making it an overall acceptable pick for tweens and teens who can handle the song's melancholy tone.

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What's the story?

In the single "SWEET NOTHING," smash DJ Calvin Harris partners up with yet another music sensation: Florence Welch, lead singer of the pop–rock band Florence + the Machine. The fifth song from 18 Months, Harris's third full–length record, the track marries the British DJ's infectious beats with Welch's powerful pipes.

Is it any good?


There's a reason why both Calvin Harris and Florence Welch have each been so successful: They're exceptional music artists. The combination of the two packs an especially powerful punch, marrying Harris' electrifying beats with Welch's chilling (in a great way) vocals.  

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the meaning behind the lyrics "I'm trying to hope with nothing to hold ... I'm living on such sweet nothing."

  • How do you feel when you're in a rift with someone you care about and you haven't had contact with that person in a while?

  • Are strong, meaningful bonds with other people an essential ingredient for overall happiness? Why or why not?

Music details

Artists:Calvin Harris, Florence Welch
Release date:October 11, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySally-- May 27, 2013

Good Song

I really like this song a lot. There is nothing inappropriate about it but some people may think she is saying sex instead of such. I did at first.
Kid, 11 years old May 22, 2016

Really good song

If you can handle the lyrics that are basically about a breakup, it's awesome.
Teen, 16 years old Written bymusiclover11 February 26, 2013

AMAZING and clean

I think this song will have a positive influence on kids and any school should alow it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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