Caroline Sky Reflects On Her Personal Relationships in New Single “Giving Tree”
Fans of The Voice may recognize the powerhouse vocals of Caroline Sky in her new single, “Giving Tree.” The R&B song is an homage to Shel Silverstein’s famous book of the same title, and reflects on the the give-and-take relationship that humans have with the earth (appropriately, the song premiered on Earth Day). Sky then compares this idea of give-and-take relationships to her own relationships where she felt that she gave all her time and energy, when her partner gave her nothing in return.
Listen to “Giving Tree” here:
“Giving Tree” starts with a single beat, along with a little snare, which is then joined by a piano which cues the beginning of Sky singing. The beginning of the song focuses on Sky’s vocals and the beat, placing extra emphasis on the lyrics. Then, as the build up to the chorus continues, someone starts snapping in the background, until finally, the piano.
This parallel is showcased through lyrics such as “I guess this is what mama meant/ that I shouldn’t give away my breath,” and “You’re not enough/ I give too much.” The lyrics further demonstrate Sky’s refusal to being taken advantage of right before the chorus kicks in, by repeating the line, “But don’t confuse this sh*t with love.” The repetition of this specific line indicates Sky’s realization that love comes with a balance between two equals. Essentially, one person shouldn’t be taking everything from the relationship while the other person gives it everything.
Overall, the funky beat and catchy chorus are sure to get anyone up and dancing along, and Sky’s strong vocals add an extra depth to the song. If you liked “Giving Tree,” check out “Paint Me Red,” for more heavy R&B beats paired with powerful, and haunting, vocals.