“But I’m melancholy and can’t do anything right” wouldn’t seem far fetched from an adult who has bills or heartbreak or family drama or just plain ol’ life to cope with. Too bad “Sugar and Spice” is the latest from 12-year-old Willow Smith. Not to undermine the very real pain many adolescents feel for a myriad of reasons, but it causes great pause to hear the child of megastars Will and Jada Pinkett Smith softly sing, “…while I’m drowning.”
Willow, who has been the subject of much analysis, sings over the eery low-piano keys accompanied by a howling synth. The song follows the faux tongue ring picture, attacks for cutting off her tresses and the questioning of Will and Jada’s parenting. There’s been enough armchair diagnosis on Twitter basically amounting to the equivalent of the phrase “something is off with that girl.” We don’t think that’s necessarily fair to do to a child who already lives her life under a microscope. But you can’t help wondering what kind of “monsters under my bed” she’s referring to; and if with this song and what appears to be a constant state of unhappiness, she’s trying to tell us something.
There’s no sugar and spice and everything nice here. In fact it’s quite the opposite. Popdust decoded Willow’s Soundcloud page of French words translating to “unhappy” and “dead tree.” Willow is a child who admittedly wishes she wasn’t famous. She hears and/or reads the constant opinions and critiques. Maybe this song is nothing more than an expression of art. Maybe it’s more. We can only hope if she’s truly unhappy she can escape it all and get back to being a kid, doing the things kids enjoy.
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