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"Your Love Is My Drug" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is not a song for kids or young teens. Although there are no bad words, the entire message of linking lust to drug addiction is a dangerous one. Glamorizing getting high, the song promotes the complete opposite of what parents are trying to drill into kids' heads. Here drugs are seen as fun and frivolous, something to be laughed at and treated like a crush.
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What's the story?
Just as Leighton Meister pushed the envelope with a dance track of a similar name, Ke$ha goes from brushing her teeth with whiskey on "Tik Tok" to inextricably linking lust with drug addiction on her subsequent single, "YOUR LOVE IS MY DRUG." Here the singer shows off her high-energy vocals again with a dance track that's all about suffering some sort of love withdrawal. There are a lot of drug references squeezed into one song!
Is it any good?
Take away the shock of hearing the words "crackhead" appear in a love song, and you just might make a habit out of this single (if you're old enough to hit the clubs, that is!). It's got an irreverent quality to it (who else would put in the random final line "I like your beard"), and Ke$ha once again plays the hot mess. She's a singer who isn't scared to look stupid, desperate, or even strung out, for that matter, and her bravado pays off with a single that just doesn't quit. Too bad it's irresponsible and inappropriate for kids...
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about songs that glamorize bad behavior. Can you think of any other songs that compare love to a drug?
Talk about Ke$ha's controversial image. Do your friends listen to her music? What message do you think it sends to kids when she sings about drug and alcohol use?
Talk about music lyrics. Is this song appropriate for tweens? It doesn't have any profanity in it, so does that make it more acceptable than a song that has some bad words, but a better message?
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