"This Too Shall Pass" (CD single)
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this song contains nothing worrisome in the way of adult content other than one mention of the word "hell."
What's the story?
The single \"THIS TOO SHALL PASS\" is known as much for the music as the two hilarious videos that accompany the song. Created by the band OK Go -- a collection of four Chicago guys with a reputation for wacky music videos -- the song features two elaborate mini-films. One includes the guys dressed up in full marching-band regalia, performing the song to a growing crowd of additional marching band members that ultimately includes even the baton twirlers. The second shows a complex \"Rube Goldberg machine\" (an elaborate system of chain reactions, like dominoes) that was made just for the video. In fact, there's more to the videos than the song itself, which includes mostly repetitive, overwhelmingly clean lyrics about not letting the turkeys get you down. For example, \"You can't keep letting it get you down / Is it really all that much to lug around / When the morning comes, let it go, this too shall pass.\"
Is it any good?
While it's no great feat of musical prowess, "This Too Shall Pass" has a feel-good tone that makes it as fun to listen to as to watch enacted on screen. Its power-pop style is reminiscent of another clean contemporary band, Weezer: both acts share driving guitar hooks and college-anthem-style lyrics that have made them fixtures on the pop-rock scene.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about music videos for songs. Why might the guys in OK Go put so much time and effort into their extremely elaborate music videos?
Do the videos steal some of the thunder from the songs themselves -- or help to enhance the music? Why or why not?