Released on August 14, 2015, the Cry Baby album is so diverse. It speaks on topics of sexual assault, surgery, relationships and also break ups. This is a concept album. That means that the album is telling a whole story and you have to go in order to figure out what’s happening or else you’ll be lost. She uses child-like topics and turn them into dark and twisted stories that happen in people’s lives. It’s about the main character Cry Baby. I don’t wanna spoil this information in the intro, so let’s go………. 👑💯❤️🔥
1️⃣ CRY BABY
Cry Baby is the first song off of the album and the video shows the birth of the character “Cry Baby”. The album was inspired from people that used to tease her for being extremely emotional so they started calling her Cry Baby.
Opening Lines: You seem to replace your brain with your heart. You take things so hard and then you fall apart. You try to explain but before you can start, those Cry Baby tears, come out of the dark. Someone’s turning the handle, to the faucet in your eyes. You pour it up where every can see. You’re heart’s too big for your body. That’s why you’re feeling sad. You pour it up where everyone can see.
Chorus: They call you Cry Baby, Cry Baby but you don’t f**king care. Cry Baby, Cry Baby, so you laugh through your tears. Cry Baby, Cry Baby but you don’t f**king care. Tears fall to the ground, you just let them drown.
There’s not much I can say about Cry Baby but what I can say is that it is well written, creepy and also authentic. Well done Melanie.
We all know family’s that have dark secrets but act as if they are this picture perfect family that everyone dreams of achieving. Melanie’s perception of this is raw, dramatic and just amazing.
Opening line: Hey girl, open the walls, play with your dolls. We’ll be your perfect family. When you walk away is when we really play. You don’t hear me when I say, “Mom! Please wake up! Dad’s with a slut and your son is smoking cannibis. No one ever listens, this wall paper glistens, don’t let them see what goes down in the kitchen.”
This is telling us about this family that Cry Baby is apart of and it’s giving us information that is vital. It’s obvious that they’re having intense family problems.
Chorus: Places, places, get in your places. Throw on your dress and put on your doll faces. Everyone, thinks that we’re perfect. Please don’t let them look through the curtains. Picture, picture, smile for the picture. Pose with your brother, won’t you be a good sister. Everyone thinks that we’re perfect, please don’t let them look through the curtains. D O L L H O U S E, I see things that nobody else sees.
Another thing that the family is dealing with is alcoholism. In the second verse, it says, ” Hey girl, look at my mom, she’s got it going on, ha. You’re blinded by her jewelry. When you turn your back, she pulls out a flask and forgets his infidelity.”
This is how her mother deals with the weight that is on her shoulders.
3️⃣ SIPPY CUP
This title seems innocent but it is nothing but dark. This is a continuation from Dollhouse. This is the result of what is happening in her life.
Opening line: Blood still stains when the sheets are washed. Sex don’t sleep when the lights are off. Kids are still depressed when you dress them up and syrup is still syrup in a Sippy cup. He’s still dead when you’re done with the bottle. Of course it’s a corpse that you keep in the cradle. Kids are still depressed when you dress them up and syrup is still syrup in a Sippy cup.
The syrup in the Sippy cup is referring to the alcohol that the mother drinks to deal with the stress. The wife is drinking in the living room and suddenly, the husband comes home with a girl. This picture perfect family’s secrets are about to be revealed.
When the wife sees this, she ties them up and kills them. Cry Baby them comes out of her room and sees that her dad is dead. Her mother then appears behind her and drugs her. She then wakes up and her mother drugs her again but this time the drug is in a sippy cup.
The first verse: Blood money, blood money. How did you afford this ring that I love honey? Just another shift at the drug company. He does think I’m that f**king dumb does he. It doesn’t matter what you pull up to your home, we know what goes on inside. You call that ass your own, we call that silicone. Silly girls, with silly boys.
This is the end of this picture perfect family and now on to the following topic in the album. Since the main characters are dead except for Cry Baby, she finds a new character, a love interest. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
All I remember from my one listen is “Round and round we go on the carousel.” She’s saying that in her relationship, they keep going in circles. This love interest is doing some stuff and she’s doing some stuff and as a result, the keep going around.
That’s all I have to say……..
5️⃣ ALPHABET BOY
If you listen to this song and watch the video, you might think it’s the most nonsensical song ever. I thought that at first but then I started to pay attention to the lyrics. So basically, she’s in a relationship but the guy starts acting like he’s superior to her.
Opening line: Always aiming paper airplanes at me when you’re around. You build me up like building blocks just so you can bring me down. You can touch my candy cane but you’ll never catch me cry. If you dangle that diploma and I dead, you don’t be surprised. I know my ABC’s, yet you keep teaching me. I say f**k you’re degree, alphabet boy. You think you’re smarter than me with all your bad poetry. F**k all your ABC’s, alphabet boy.
She’s not happy in the relationship because the guy makes her feel dumb so she breaks up with him and totally SWIFTED him. (Get it 😂😉)
Chorus: I’m not a little kid now. Watch me get big now. Spell my name on the fridge now, with all your alphabet toys. You won the spelling bee now but are you smarter than me now. You’re the prince of the playground. Little alphabet boy.
This song is the end result of Carousel. The guy she was going around in circles with didn’t make her feel good about herself so they broke up and now you know the reason.
I love this song so much. This is about a new relationship. Let’s get to business……
Opening line: I think I just remembered something. I think I left the faucet running. Now my words are filling up the tub. Darling you’re just soaking in it but I know you’ll get out in a minute. I notice how your finger’s pulling up. I’m tired of being careful, tiptoe, trying to keep the water warm. Let me under your skin. Uh-oh, there it goes, I said too much it overflowed. Why do I always spill?
Chorus: I feel it coming out my throat, guess I better wash my mouth out with soap. God I wish I never spoke, now I gotta wash my mouth out with soap. x2
Simple but direct chorus. We all know the phrase wash my mouth out with soap. We say it when we said something we weren’t supposed to. In this case, she let it slip to the guy she liked that she had feelings for him and she shouldn’t have so she has to “wash her mouth out with soap.”
She uses a lot of good metaphors and her songwriting shines through this album. After all, she wrote every song on this album, with some help of course.
7️⃣ TRAINING WHEELS
She actually made a double feature music video for SOAP and TRAINING WHEELS. If you decide to watch it, I’m warning you, it’s creepy but you can always just listen to the audios she released on her YouTube channel.
So, TRAINING WHEELS is a love song. She said that it was one of the hardest for her to write because she’s never written a love song before. Again, this is a continuation for soap.
Opening line: Riding down, riding down. My hand on your seat, the whole way round. I carry bandaids on me now, for when your soft hands hit the jagged ground. Wheels aren’t even touching the ground. Trying to take them off but they’re so worn down. Promise I won’t push you straight to the dirt, if you promise me you’ll take them off first.
Since she let it slip that she liked the boy, they began to have a relationship but now she wants the relationship to move to the next level. Hence, wanting to take off the training wheels off of the relationship.
Chorus: I love everything you do, when you call me f**king dumb for the stupid shit I do. Wanna ride my bike with you. Fully undressed, no training wheels left for you. I pull them off for you. x2
She says that she loves it when the guy expresses his feelings to the bad things she does so that she can change it. This is a beautiful song and again with the metaphors; who comes up with this stuff.
I hate to move on but next…..
8️⃣ PITY PARTY
If it wasn’t for Pity Party, I wouldn’t have known who Melanie Martinez was. To be honest, I hated it. I thought it was so annoying but it kept coming back everyday and I was like f**k it, I can’t fight it. It’s too good.
From what I’ve heard from YouTubers, it’s a remix for a 60’s song named It’s My Party which I still haven’t heard. I’m just too lazy to take up my phone that’s 3cm away.
The song is about a girl having a birthday party but no one shows up. She begins to lose her mind. Imagine how awful it would be to put in all your time and effort into something and then the end result turns out to be terrible.
Opening line: Did my invitations disappear? Why’d I put my heart on every cursive letter? Tell me why the hell no one is here? Tell me what to do to make it all feel better. Maybe it’s a cruel joke on me, whatever, whatever. Just means there’s way more cake for me, forever, forever.
Chorus: It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to, cry if I want to, cry, cry, cry. I’ll cry until the candles burn down this place. I’ll cry until my Pity party’s in flames. x2
At the end of the video, she begins to have a mental breakdown and completely loses it. It’s a sad song but the beat is killer.
9️⃣ TAG, YOU’RE IT
Now to the darker side of the album, the sexual assault. When I first listened to this song, I didn’t really pay attention to the lyrics because I liked the beat. Thanks to YouTuber, AJayII, I researched the lyrics and realized.
Melanie hasn’t been sexually assaulted but Cry Baby has.
Opening line: Looking at me through you’re window. Boy you had you’re eye out for a little. I’ll cut you up and make you dinner. You’ve reached the end, you are the winner. Rolling down you’re tinted window, driving next to me, real slow. He said, “Let me take you for a joyride. I’ve got some candy for you inside.”
The lines that are not in italics, are the words that the assualter said. She wanted to let the assaulter have a point of view in the story.
Chorus: Running through the parking lot, he chased me and he wouldn’t stop. Tag, you’re it, tag, tag, you’re it. Grabbed my hand, push down, took the words right out my mouth tag, you’re it, tag, tag, you’re it. Can anybody hear me when I’m hidden underground? Can anybody hear me? Am I talking to myself. Saying tag, you’re it, tag, tag, you’re it. He’s saying tag, you’re it, tag, tag you’re it.
Everyone knows the game tag, you’re it and she uses this as the platform for a sexual assault song. That was complete and utter genius.
In the video, she is poisoned, kidnapped and held hostage. This video ironically isn’t dark. It’s my favorite song from her and it’s just amazing. I highly recommend it.
🔟 MILK AND COOKIES
Once again, this too was a double feature alongside Tag, you’re it. It would make sense considering it is one story line.
So, after she wakes up, she realizes that she’s been kidnapped. There’s a note on the fridge that says “Make milk and cookies by 3:00 or else.” This might seem a bit childish but let’s get to the lyrics.
Opening line: 1, 2, Melatonin is coming for you. 3, 4, Baby won’t you lock the door. 5, 6, I’m done with it, 7, 8, it’s getting late so close your eyes and sleep for days. Hush little baby, drink your spoiled milk. I’m f**king crazy, need my prescription filled. Do you like my cookies? They’re made just for you. A little bit of sugar but lots of poison too.
If you don’t know what Melatonin is, it’s a drug that makes you sleep. She wants to get back at assaulter for kidnapping her. With her striking lyrics, it’s no wonder the Cry Baby album is such a big hit. It was a risky move for a debut album but it all worked out. Now she’s got 3 million subscribers on YouTube.
Chorus: Ashes, ashes, time to go down. Ooh-ooh, honey, do you want me now? Can’t take it anymore, need to put you to bed. Sing you a lullaby when you die at the end.
I love the lyrics. They’re just so sarcastic. I know I only talk about the chorus and first verse but I have to talk about the second verse.
Second verse: 9, 10, never want to see you again. 11, 12, I PULL OFF BLACK SO WELL. There’s shit behind the curtain, that I’m sick of sugar coatin’. Next time you’re alone, think twice when you grab the phone.
There’s a reason a line is in all caps and it’s also the same reason I had to do the second verse. I pull off black so well. Everyone knows that you wear black to funeral. She’s teasing the assaulter by saying I pull off black so well because she will be attending his funeral after she kills him. God I love this song.
⏸ PACIFY HER
After you’ve been through shit like a sexual assault, you’re never the same and it will show in the last 3 songs.
So pacify her is a song about Cry Baby wanting a boy so badly but that boy is already in a relationship. It’s not home wrecking if he kind of liked her too. The intention was that pacify her sounds like pacifier so she wants the boy to shut the other girl up.
Opening line: Tired, blue boy walks my way. Holding a girl’s hand. That basic bitch leaves finally. Now I can take her man. Someone told me stay away from things that aren’t yours, but was he yours if he wanted me so bad?
The line that says tired, blue boy means that the boy is tired of the relationship and is also sad because of it.
Chorus: Pacify her, she’s getting on my nerves. You don’t love her. Stop lying with those words. x2
At the end, she gets the guy by showing him her boobies. You can’t expect anything better. She just went through some serious stuff.
1️⃣2️⃣ MRS. POTATO HEAD
One of the weirdest titles on this album but it’s very impressive. This one is about surgery and saying that people want to change themselves because of what they see happening in the public. If they see a celebrity doing it, then they might want to. If you are fat, you might want to take diet pills. Enough explaining, let’s get to the lyrics.
Opening line: If you weren’t born with it, you can buy a couple ornaments. Just be sure to read the warning kids. Cause pretty soon you’ll be bored if it. Ah-ah Sexual, hey girl if you wanna feel sexual. You can always call up a professional. They stick pins in yah, like a vegetable. Kids forever, kids forever, baby soft skin turns into leather. Don’t be dramatic, it’s only some plastic. No one will love you if you’re unattractive.
Chorus: Oh Mrs. Potato Head tell me. Is it true that pain is beauty? Does a new face come with a warranty? Will a pretty face make it better? Oh Mr. Potato Head tell me. How did you afford her surgery? Do you swear you’ll stay forever, even if her face don’t stay together?
*Even deeper words*
If you’ve watched Toy Story, you’d know that a character, Mrs. Potato Head has had a ton of surgeries done. I didn’t realized until this song was released. This shows how the power of words make you think about things in a different light.
This is the second time I’m gonna do the second verse. Only because it’s my favorite.
Second verse: If you want a little more confidence. Potatoes turn to French fries, yeah it’s common sense. All you need’s a couple more condiments and a hundred thousand dollars for some compliments. It’s such a waste, when little girls grow into their mother’s face. But little girls are learning how to cut and paste. And pucker up their lips until they suffocate.
*TRUE WORDS! WELL DONE MEL*
1️⃣3️⃣ MAD HATTER (The final song)
After she took another girl’s man, she begins to realize that she’s crazy and it could be the result of the assault. She begins to accept who she really is. If you know Alice In Wonderland, you’ll know that the Mad Hatter is also a character.
Opening line: My friends don’t walk, they run. Skinny dip in rabbit holes for fun. Popping, popping balloons with guns. Getting high off helium. We paint white roses red. Each shade from a different person’s head. This dream, dream is a killer, getting drunk with a blue caterpillar. I’m peeling the skin off my face, cause I really hate being safe. The normals, they make me afraid, the crazies, they make me feel sane.
Ok then………………I’m lost for words.
Chorus: I’m nuts, baby I’m mad. The craziest friend, that you’ve ever had. You think I’m psycho, you think I’m gone. Tell the psychiatrist something is wrong. Over the bend, entirely bonkers, you like me best, when I’m off my rocker. Tell you a secret, I’m not alarmed. So what if I’m crazy, the best people are.
I’m gonna include the second verse only because it’s short.
Second verse: Where is my prescription? Doctor, doctor please listen. My brain is scattered. You can be Alice, I’ll be the Mad Hatter.
Now we have completed the Cry Baby album list now it’s time to celebrate. This shows how talented Melanie Martinez is. She directs most of her videos and has credits in the songwriting. Thank you for reading. Stay tuned for the next album review.