As Dove Cameron gears up for the release of her debut album, Alchemical: Vol. 1, she drops a poignant ballad titled “Sand” that delves into the heart-wrenching aftermath of a lost love. In this soul-baring track, Cameron lays bare the pain of realizing that a seemingly perfect relationship has come to an abrupt end.
The chorus of “Sand” encapsulates the raw emotions of the singer:
“I saw the end when we began / You couldn’t love the way I can / I tried to bargain with the stars / For more than half your heart but / You have more pieces of me than the desert has sand / And I have fewer pieces of you than I can hold in my hand.”
Inspired by personal experiences, the song served as a therapeutic outlet for Cameron, who collaborated with the songwriting collective The Monsters & Strangerz. Reflecting on the song, she shares that it explores the shock and sudden dissolution of a seemingly perfect relationship and the struggle to reclaim the fragments of oneself given away during that time.
“‘Sand’ is about a person who I loved very much, and who I thought I was going to spend my life with,” Cameron explains. “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.”
Cameron hopes that “Sand” will resonate with listeners, encouraging them to trust their instincts in matters of the heart and to hold out for relationships where the reciprocity of love is mutual.
Alchemical: Vol. 1 is set to release on December 1 via Disruptor Records/Columbia Records.
Listen to “Sand” here.