Born of cold and winter air
And mountain rain combining
This icy force, both foul and fair
Has a frozen heart worth mining
Cut through the heart, cold and clear
Strike for love and strike for fear
There’s beauty and there’s danger here
Split the ice apart
Beware the frozen heart. . .
I didn’t really register those lyrics in the opening of Disney’s Frozen the first time I saw it. I enjoyed the music of it – I do recall being impressed by the use of a men’s choir and the overall sound of this song as their opening number. After getting the soundtrack, however, and listening to the lyrics themselves, it really struck me how smart this song is; in and of itself, the lyrics are well written and the musicality of the piece is quite pleasing, but setting it at the top of the film frames the story and tells us, the audience, right up front, that there is a certain sense of understanding between the people of Arendale and their harsh, winter climate. What’s more, it essentially explains the theme and story that the movie is about to show.