Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a cute kids’ song about dinosaurs who fell in love, right?
WRONG. This song, written by UK musician Tom Rosenthal and his three-year-old daughter, Fenn, may start off adorably innocent—it’s about dinos finding love at a party—but it ends in soul-crushing tragedy.
Have a listen. (Warning: you may want to have tissues handy.)
Fenn, my nearly 4 year old daughter, recorded her first ever solo song today. She came up with all the words herself and I helped her a little bit with the tune. It’s called ‘Dinosaurs in Love’. 🦕❤️🦕 pic.twitter.com/erCgG0sUvP
— Tom Rosenthal (@tomrosenthal) January 28, 2020
We’re not crying, you’re crying.
The video of the song, which was recently posted on Twitter, has over four million views and for good reason. Although she’s just shy of four years old, Fenn masterfully employs the classic bait-and-switch in her simple-yet-effective lyrics.
You're going to hate this alternate version of The Alphabet SongWe know kids have a lot of deep thoughts (especially once they come to grips—and sometimes obsess over—the notion of death), but to write a simple song that captures the heartbreak of a romance that happens moments before a major apocalyptic event? Brilliant.
To be fair, we’re currently in the midst of a climate crisis, so it’s no wonder that Fenn’s story resonates with a lot of people. The tragedy of ill-timed love has been around for ages, but with the future of humankind hanging in the balance, it really hits home.
But we digress.
Hopefully this father-daughter duo continues writing lovely songs like this one for however long we may have left on this Earth. For now, we’ll be over here listening to “Dinosaurs in Love” on repeat. Now, where’s that tissue box?