After the success of “A Nonsense Christmas” during the 2022 holiday season, Sabrina Carpenter has released an EP full of original seasonal anthems. On Nov. 17, the singer dropped Fruit Cake, which mostly taps into her humorous, flirty side. The EP includes six songs, which are, IMHO, all bangers. From “santa doesn’t know you like i do” to “is it new years yet?,” all the songs on this EP are amazing and deserve to be kept on repeat until 2024.
Though fans are loving these new Sabrina Carpenter tracks, there’s one song that has stans in their feels. “Cindy Lou Who,” is a slow and heartbreaking track that feels like the knife to the heart. What is it about this song and its lyrics that has fans so emotional? Here’s the meaning behind “Cindy Lou Who,” which is just so sad.
WHAT IS “CINDY LOU WHO” BY SABRINA CARPENTER ABOUT?
Carpenter’s impressive play on words highlights her hesitance to feel merry and bright for the holidays this year as she asks, “Cindy Lou, who?” She sings to a girl that her ex left her for, expressing the betrayal she feels and wondering what makes this girl a better partner for him.
Carpenter’s lyricism is known for poetic imagery as well as transparent, a no strings attached portrayal of strong emotions. “Cindy Lou Who” contains both. A prime example of Carpenter’s talent lies in the conclusion of the song, “The snow’s gonna fall and the tree’s gonna glisten / And I’m gonna puke at the thought of you kissin’ / The boy who I love is now in love with you / Cindy Lou, who?”
WHO IS CINDY LOU WHO?
Cindy Lou Who is a bright, bubbly young character from How The Grinch Stole Christmas, so fans didn’t quite anticipate a song named after her to be so slow and sad. Early 2000s icon Taylor Momsen, whom you might also recognize from Spy Kids 2 or Gossip Girl, played Cindy Lou Who in the 2000 How The Grinch Stole Christmas film.
FANS ARE SOBBING Over “CINDY LOU WHO”
“Cindy Lou Who” hits me right in the feels, and after scrolling through X (formerly known as Twitter), I can tell that I’m not the only one. After their first listen, many didn’t waste time sharing their reactions to this song online.
THE TRANSITION FROM “CINDY LOU WHO” TO “IS IT NEW YEARS YET?” IS Everything
I’ve never switched from bawling my eyes out to feeling like a baddie so quickly. Right after “Cindy Lou Who,” is the song “is it new years yet and it’s such a bop. The transition is so iconic, Carpenter should be in jail for this. (I love her and every song she puts out.)