We all know this song is aimed directly at our feels, and that we’re never quite ready for those first few jaunty bars when the jettison themselves against our eardrums;
But in addition to the song’s main theme and purpose, showcasing the rift that grows between the two sisters and the pain that’s suffered on both ends because of it, Disney went out of their way to slide in a few nuggets of complete and utter soul-shattering heartbreak.
Firstly, think back to when Elsa receives her first pair of gloves from her father, the king. This is when we first hear the phrase that is to become Elsa’s mantra throughout the film:
"Conceal it, don’t feel it. Don’t let it show."
She says the last sentence in unison with her father, as if it were a practiced ritual between the two, like a secret code, a bond that they alone shared. The fact that this mantra, begun no doubt with good intentions, becomes the very thing that mentally imprisons her later on in life, is one of the most depressing things that I have ever seen in a film, not because it’s particularly dramatic or unique, but because it’s so honest in its execution.
And then we have Anna’s line about halfway through the song, when she tries once again to coax Elsa from her room. The asks:
"Do you want to build a snowman?/ Or ride our bike around the halls?”
Bike. Singular. The royal family only owns one bike. Because only one of their children will in all actuality attempt to go and ride a bicycle, inside the castle or out. Anna could just say it’s her bike, but no, she insists that it’s their bike. Years of emotional- and physical- distance from her sister, and she still wants to share her toys, her LIFE, with the girl that was, and in her mind still is, her best friend.
If you don’t think that is the saddest shit you have ever heard, then I’m sorry but you’re wrong.