A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while "The Edge of Glory" doesn't include profanity or graphic references to sex, substance use (aside from one line about drinking a shot), or violence, it makes stormy romantic relationships seem cool -- a troubling message that often crops up in Lady Gaga songs. Parents might want to point out that the behavior that's glamorized here isn't healthy in real life.
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What's the story?
"THE EDGE OF GLORY" is the second single from the album Born This Way by mega pop star Lady Gaga. Unlike many of her earlier hits, this track omits graphic descriptions of sex, substance use, and violence, and it steers clear of explicit language. But the song makes harmful romantic relationships seem cool -- the wrong message to send to young tweens and teens in the process of learning how to develop healthy relationships. Parents of the younger set may want to explain the ropes to their kids before letting them listen to this song.
Is it any good?
The ubiquitous sound of the synthesizer is once again present in this Lady Gaga tune, though it's backed by a refreshing saxophone hook that helps distinguish this song from the rest of the pack. Gaga's pipes also sound especially strong here, demonstrating that she can keep up with the best of pop's vocal big guns.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why some people are drawn to bad relationships. Why would someone decide to stay in -- or even seek out -- a relationship that harms them?
Lady Gaga's songs tend to celebrate unhealthy relationships. Why do you think she continues to sing about this topic?
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