A 3-year-old's original song, "Dinosaurs in Love," is breaking people's hearts all over the world.
Her dad, singer-songwriter Tom Rosenthal often encourages his daughter, Fenn, and her older sister, Bess, to come up with their own melodies. This song, however, which was dubbed "Adele-level" by at least one person, is Fenn's first solo song.
"Fenn, my nearly 4-year-old daughter, recorded her first ever solo song today. She came up with all the words herself and I helped her a little bit with the tune. It's called 'Dinosaurs in Love,'" he tweeted.
Fenn, my nearly 4 year old daughter, recorded her first ever solo song today. She came up with all the words herself and I helped her a little bit with the tune. It’s called ‘Dinosaurs in Love’. 🦕❤️🦕 pic.twitter.com/erCgG0sUvP— Tom Rosenthal (@tomrosenthal) January 28, 2020
The song begins pleasantly, describing dinosaurs eating people and then falling in love. They then have a party, where they eat fruit and cucumbers. The song takes a turn when a big bang comes in and the dinosaurs die without saying goodbye, which is when most people start sobbing.
Even the Natural History Museum was moved, tweeting "we're not crying you're crying."
we're not crying you're crying https://t.co/tIzEtmCmmq— Natural History Museum⁷ (@NHM_London) January 29, 2020
The father of two told BuzzFeed News that the song came together after Fenn approached him with the idea. From there, it formed organically. The subject of dinosaurs was surprising because she's never expressed much interest in them, he said.
"I genuinely couldn't tell you why she wanted to do a song about dinosaurs," Rosenthal told BuzzFeed News. "She's got no particular affiliation with dinosaurs at all. They're not something she particularly cares about or not, this is just what was in her head at the time."
With over 3.5 million views, most would agree it's a bonafide hit. All of the attention has been unexpected, but Rosenthal isn't too surprised because the song is "potent."
"I know what a nice song sounds like and I was like, 'That's a really nice song.' And it's quite potent because you've got a little [almost] 4-year-old talking about things dying, and so many things are dying currently in the world," he said. "I think it's just kind of evocative of the moment."
Spotify caught wind of the hit and asked if Fenn had decided on an official release date yet. Since going viral, it seems Fenn is going to give the people what they want. Rosenthal announced the song will be released on Spotify, so you can add "Dinosaurs in Love" to your saddest playlist. All the proceeds will go to a wildlife charity, he said.
"What a strange strange life!"