In Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet
, the Bard used a rose as a symbol of a detachment between name and object. In Act II, Scene 2 Juliet asserts:That which we call a rose,
By any other word would smell as sweet
The name is of little consequence; it does not affect the inherent qualities of the object.
Though Hilmarsdóttir is yearning to be free from her painful reality, the singer acknowledges she has to go through the tribulations of slow healing. She explained to Billboard
: "It's a sad song that talks about feeling a lot of things and not really knowing what to do with them but not avoiding them either. Just kind of leaning into your sadness."