"This Too Shall Pass" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Fun videos support kid-friendly song about staying positive.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The message is all about not letting problems drag you down.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The OK Go band members avoid media drama in favor of good, clean, silly fun.


Says the word "hell" once.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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."

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Teen, 16 years old Written bySydneySays July 3, 2011


Seriously, there is no reason to shelter your children from music, but even if you do, there is a problem here if you don't want them listening to this son... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 17, 2011

a great message

the message they used were about letting problems not drag you down its good "great" they just use the h word but still great

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

Music details

  • Artist: OK Go
  • Release date: March 12, 2010
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Alternative Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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