‘Watercolor Eyes’ raises awareness on teen dating violence
By Indira Zaldivar
Pop singer-songwriter Lana del Rey released a hypnotic song that gracefully tunes listeners into the experiences of teen dating violence.
The Grammy-award-winning artist wrote “Watercolor Eyes” for the soundtrack to the second season of “Euphoria,” HBO’s first teen drama. The song’s title illustrates the analogy between painting with watercolor and crying with eye shadow.
“Watercolor Eyes” played at the end of the third episode of the season on Jan. 23, but was released two days before the episode aired. “Euphoria” is known for its R-rated depiction of substance, psychological, emotional, sexual, physical, and digital abuse.
This successful show facilitated the protagonist’s, American actress Zendaya, Primetime Emmy Award in 2020 and doubled in audience compared to the first season.
Fans of the series can easily visualize the troubles of the main characters in Del Rey’s first-person, angelic interpretation and narrative. Merging tragic romance with contemporary pop culture is Del Rey’s signature move.
The slow sentimental ballad draws in listeners to the affliction caused by an unstable partner within the first verse. Furthermore, the lyrics in the pre-chorus drive listeners into a roller coaster of polarizing high and low moments that characterize abusive relationships.
The 36-year-old artist points out that abusive partners can be “sweet like rock candy” but snap unexpectedly or from minor incidents. The violence, easily mistaken by love, “stings like blood and a lemon,” Del Rey sings.
The theme words, “watercolor eyes,” ring repeatedly through the song’s chorus via Del Rey’s signature angelic high notes. These keywords resonate with the pain felt in the foul play of love.
The song raises awareness of this problem prevalent among one-third of all American teenagers, according to Love in Respect.
“What if you taste just like heaven that don’t make it right?” she sings.
The song motivates listeners to withdraw from abusive relationships. While withdrawal symptoms contrast with the heaven-high feeling of love, Del Rey’s lyrics compassionately ingrain that leaving is right.
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