"Without You" (CD Single)

Clean dance tune about desperately holding on to love.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A mildly troubling message about refusing to accept that a romance is over.

Positive role models

Doesn't encourage the healthiest reaction to a break-up.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Without You" is a very clean single in terms of profanity and references to sex, substances, or violence. That said, the lyrics tell the tale of a person who's so devastated over a break-up that he claims he can't go on: "I can't accept that we're estranged ... If you're not here, I'm paralyzed without you / Lost my heart, I lost my mind, without you." It's not the best message for younger kids who are still figuring out what it means to be in a relationship.

What's the story?

"WITHOUT YOU" is a single from the first full-length album by superstar DJ David Guetta. Featuring guest vocals from smooth R&B crooner Usher, this song is about refusing to accept that a romance has ended and not wanting to live without the other person.

Is it any good?


Usher adds musical fire to nearly everything he touches, and "Without You" is no exception. The singer once again gives a top-notch vocal performance which, added to Guetta's celestial-sounding synth hook, makes this track among the more appealing in Guetta's repertoire.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the best relationships are those in which both partners enjoy time together and apart. How can having interests that are independent of your partner make your relationship stronger overall?

  • How do you know when it's time to let go of a relationship? How can you cope with the sadness and disappointment you may feel?

  • Is it better to be in a relationship that isn't working or to be alone? Why? Parents, talk to your kids about your own values regarding love and relationships.

Music details

Artists:David Guetta, Usher
Release date:October 19, 2011
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old July 15, 2013
age 10+


What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byBatman101 May 24, 2013
age 7+

Depressing song, great music

This a really sad song, but soooo good! He isnt the best role model in this song, but thats because its a song about being depressed, so give him a break, CSM! It is appropriate and catchy and really good!
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 6, 2012
age 11+

Love it!

Really good song. One of my favorites.


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