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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Welcome to the Fishbowl features a combination of uptempo country-rock tunes and heartfelt ballads. Besides offering a decent helping of love songs and party songs, the album explores some heavy topics. "Sing 'Em Good My Friend" tells about an elderly man who is selling all of his possessions to pay his dying wife's medical bills. "While He Still Knows Who I Am" shows a man about to visit his aging father, thinking how much he wants to connect and show his dad how he feels before his father declines too much to understand. Fishbowl mentions sex, "booty," and romance -- though nothing graphic -- and includes a couple mild curse words ("ass," "hell"). There's also alcohol consumption, particularly in the song "Time Flies" (as in "Time flies when you're having rum"), which recommends a rum-soaked beach vacation to heal a broken heart.
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With Welcome to the Fishbowl, Kenny Chesney continues to rise above typical country-pop fare. This album rocks harder and digs deeper than other country hits, managing to make listeners "Feel Like a Rockstar" without ever losing a real country feel. The album includes plenty of romantic ballads ("To Get to You," "Always Gonna Be You"), but also uses story songs to explore some surprising and heavy emotional subjects, such as an old woman's last illness ("Sing Em Good My Friend") and a son's love for his aging father ("While He Still Knows Who I Am"). Chesney has a deep, expressive voice and a knack for selecting honest, powerful material. This is a rich collection from one of country's biggest stars.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the songs "Come Over" and "You and Tequila," which describe characters that struggle between wanting someone and knowing that person is a bad risk. What do you do when you really like someone who doesn't treat you well?
What is the title song "Welcome to the Fishbowl" saying about celebrity? Would you like to be famous?
"While He Still Knows Who I Am" depicts a man who wants to let his elderly dad know how much loves him before his dad declines too much to understand. He says that this time he's going to hug his dad, and not just shake hands. Do you think a lot of boys have a hard time expressing love to their dads? How about you and your dad?
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