Taylor Swift



Young, talented star sings about heartache.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Any teen standing up for herself via terrific song lyrics sends a good, strong message, though titles like "I'm Only Me When I'm With You" may evoke a parental sigh.

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Some very mild innuendo of the "it was a moment of weakness and you said yes" variety.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A passing mention of a beer or two; not much to worry about.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Taylor Swift, a teen country sensation, writes from the heart about subjects of interest to other tweens and teens -- mostly the tricky business of negotiating relationships when you don't have a lot of experience and can't help wearing your heart on your sleeve. The lyrics and messages are fine for kids to hear.

What's the story?

Like many established artists who've preceded her, Taylor Swift tends to write the same song over and over again -- but it's a darn good one, with the radio-friendly musical hooks, catchy lyrics, and expressive delivery that have made this teen a country music sensation. She nails teen love and heartbreak in lyrics like "he's the reason for the teardrops on my guitar/he's the reason I've been wishing on the wishing star" and "so watch me strike a match on all my wasted time/as far as I'm concerned you're just another picture to burn."

Is it any good?


With lovely production heavy on acoustic instrumentals (you'll hear dobro, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin tracks carefully mixed over a highly-skilled rhythm section with journeyman professionalism), Taylor's dusky yet childlike vocals reach directly for the teen heart. Though she has her vocal limitations, this young artist is smart enough to understand her strengths and play to them -- and smart enough to write a terrific song.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the song "Teardrops on My Guitar," about a girl's unrequited crush on a guy who loves someone else (raise your hand if you've never been there!). What would you do if you were the one with the crush? Also, "Should've Said No" draws a hard line with a boyfriend caught cheating. Do you think dumping the guy is appropriate, or might there be some room for explanation and even forgiveness?

Music details

Artist:Taylor Swift
Release date:March 18, 2008
Label:Big Machine Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 9 years old December 28, 2009


Taylor Swift has heart and is a great role modol. So some little things about beer. She roxs!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old June 11, 2011

Love the music once again!!!!

I love this album, my favorite song on it is "Teardrops On My Guitar". Perfect album, perfect role model, good messages, and perfect for all ages!
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Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byCkmj824 March 27, 2010
Now, I'm really not a Taylor fan, and never have been, but even young girls will love her at age 5. She doesn't swear but many (probably all) of her songs are about boys and herself.


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