Dove Cameron – Sand

Dove Cameron is an unrequited lover in “Sand.” The slow-burning song describes a love that is unbalanced, leading to a sort of quiet agony and emotional disparity that’s beautifully explored through its wistful melodies. The song reportedly started life as a poem written in her diary entry, where she asked herself profound questions about love and longing.

What’s worse / Bein’ wanted but not loved / Or loved but not wanted?” she asks, her voice telling of the sorrows that come with loving someone so fully and completely and not receiving the same in return. “What’s worse / Hearin’ what you wanna hear / Or hearin’ what’s honest?”

The most memorable and catchy part of the song sees her sing, “But you have more pieces of me than the desert has sand / And I have less pieces of you than I can hold in my hand.”

“‘Sand’ is about a person who I loved very much, and who I thought I was going to spend my life with,” Cameron shared. “It’s about the experience of having that seemingly perfect relationship end so suddenly and without warning, the feeling of shock and overnight disintegration of the future you built together, realizing no matter how much I gave of myself, I still had so little of him in the end, and the feeling of being unable to get back even the smallest pieces of myself that I had given away. I hope when you hear this song, it helps you learn to trust your instincts when you fall for someone, and hold out for the one where the more you give, the more they give. Don’t be afraid to lose the ones who can’t possibly see you, not because you aren’t incredible, but because they never could in the first place.”

“Sand” serves as the second single from her upcoming debut album, Alchemical: Volume 1 – out December 1. The song will be accompanied by a music video that will see Cameron connect with a part of herself she’s been running from for so long: piano. If you must know, her father – “an incredible pianist” – died when she was 15 and since then, she’s run from things that will make her “feel too emotionally connected to him.” However, to make this song come alive in a way she truly intended for it to do, she decided to learn the entire song on a piano. “Being able to play along while I sing and feel like my father’s daughter,” she told People Magazine.