We’re talking celebration in high gear, we’re talking all the festive cheer, we’re talking here’s a song premiere, we’re talking… well, we’re talking ‘bout Sabrina Carpenter's Christmas rendition of her latest hit single “Nonsense.”
First released back in July as the ninth track of the singer-songwriter’s fifth studio album, emails i can’t send, this infectious musical offering didn’t take long to earn the number one spot among the fans; it’s one of Carpenter’s most provocative and intriguing releases to date, perfectly depicting a very different side of the 23-year-old musician’s artistry — in the best way possible, of course.
“Nonsense” offers precisely what the title suggests and, in addition to a very nonsensical music video where Carpenter portrays her own love interest, a nonsensically catchy festive version of the song was the only logical next step. However, leave your expectations at the door — and you best hope that nobody knocks — ‘cause this version isn’t as innocent as you might initially think. With lyrical twists and turns on every corner, it’s truly a one-of-a-kind take on the traditional holiday sound.
Titled “A Nonsense Christmas,” it invites the listener to a musical realm of double entendres, sensual-slash-sexual innuendos (think back to the unreleased explicit version of Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me”) and… you guessed it! A bunch of nonsense, which is exactly why this song works this well; there’s absolutely no shame in admitting that “Nonsense” has been stuck in your head for weeks, by the way.
“Think I only want you under my mistletoe / I might change your contact to ‘Has a huge North Pole,’” Carpenter candidly opens the first verse with a two-liner you wouldn’t have expected from her a couple of years ago. “You said you like my stockings better on the floor / Boy, I've been a bad girl, I guess I'm getting coal,” the singer then continues.
And, amid the silly lyrics, captivating pop melodies, newly-added vocal riffs, and masterful sing-a-long production, the song comes to an end with Carpenter’s laughter, which signifies something that everyone is encouraged to do while listening to the track — simply have a laugh.