Maya Hawke, Sweet Tooth: the lyrics and the meaning

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Sweet Tooth is the second single released by Maya Hawke from her 2022 album MOSS, out on September 23. The song follows Thérèse, a song we analyzed here, and once again, the lyrics are so cryptic that people naturally look for an explanation of the song’s meaning. This article will provide an interpretation of the song; at the end, you will find the full lyrics.

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You can find the official video of Sweet Tooth below.

Maya Hawke - Sweet Tooth (Official Music Video)
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Sweet Tooth: inside the lyrics and their meaning

Sweet Tooth is a dreamy, surrealist song about a joyful vision Maya Hawke had. The situations described in the lyrics are enigmatic, coming up one after the other, like the chaotic elements of a dream.

The sweet tooth represents a weakness of her, a childish treat. Behind it, Maya hides the side of her who needs to be loved. The song begins with a conversation with her mother, who represents the unconditional love always present in her life:

Told my mother that I love her
And that I’d lie to the accountant if she wants
I’ll do whatever to protect her
I’ll say anything just to make her stop
I saw a movie everybody hated
In an empty theatre in Duluth
Swear I really loved it
Love is such a better thing to do

The images come up without order or an evident connection, like in a dream. And they come with feelings that Maya expresses along the song:

I’m grateful for everything you put me through
It’s the only reason I’m any good to talk to
When I’m sick or suffering, I’ll still call you
About my big, sore sweet tooth

Teeth are a typical symbol present in dreams. They can mean several things: a representation of our power, a symbol of growth and renewal, or an essential aspect of our appearance. Whenever we dream of some issues with our teeth, we may live a moment of insecurity in our identity. And from that point of view, our inner child might need the mother’s love again.

So my molar collapsed on me
Like a glacier melting in the heat
My mouth full up with lightning
I’m an outlet shock, a hole, a need
So everybody loves you
And every little bit helps
I broke my bone
It was the worst she ever felt

Therefore, interpreting the lyrics of Sweet Tooth is like trying to solve a dream: you take each image separately, explore its meaning, and compose a puzzle of emotions and contents that lie inside your psyche. The outcome may differ depending on every point of view, of course: reading the full lyrics below, you may find your autonomous interpretation.

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The complete lyrics

Told my mother that I love her
And that I’d lie to the accountant if she wants
I’ll do whatever to protect her
I’ll say anything just to make her stop
I saw a movie everybody hated
In an empty theatre in Duluth
Swear I really loved it
Love is such a better thing to do

I’m grateful for everything you put me through
It’s the only reason I’m any good to talk to
When I’m sick or suffering, I’ll still call you
About my big, sore sweet tooth

Search frantic for the moonlight
I bat I get cold beneath the stars
And instead, I found a soundbite
Of someone I love saying something mean and hard
Forgot I have a piece of plastic
In the place where my molar used to be
Sucking on a summer cherry
When you called, I bit hard into the seed

I’m grateful for everything you put me through
It’s the only reason I’m any good to talk to
When I’m sick or suffering, I’ll still call you
About my big, sore sweet tooth

So my molar collapsed on me
Like a glacier melting in the heat
My mouth full up with lightning
I’m an outlet shock, a hole, a need
So everybody loves you
And every little bit helps
I broke my bone
It was the worst she ever felt

I’m grateful for everything you put me through
It’s the only reason I’m any good to talk to
When I’m sick or suffering, I’ll still call you
About my big, sore sweet tooth

Big, sore sweet tooth
(Big, sore sweet tooth)