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"99 Cent Store" is an unreleased song by Melanie Martinez. It was originally intended to be featured on her debut album, Cry Baby. However, it was later scrapped. This song has not been performed live or officially released.

Snippets began to surface on September 12th, 2018, and the full song was leaked on September 17th, 2018. Snippets of its recording session started leaking on September 19th, 2020.

Leak History

  • September 12th, 2018 - A snippet is leaked.
  • September 16th, 2018 - Second snippet is leaked.
  • September 16th, 2018 (later) - Third snippet is leaked.
  • September 17th, 2018 - Lyrics are leaked.
  • September 17th, 2018 (later) - Full song is leaked in high quality.
  • September 19th, 2020 - An edited snippet of the recording session is leaked.
  • September 19th, 2020 (later) - An unedited snippet of the previous recording session snippet is leaked.
  • September 21st, 2020 - Another unedited snippet of the previous recording session snippet is leaked.
  • May 7th, 2021 - A longer snippet of the recording session is leaked.

Background

The song's co-writer, Kinetics, posted lyrics of the song on May 24th, 2014. He also hinted the song in another tweet. Kinetics and One Love's manager also tweeted about the song in June 2014.[1]

Theme

The song is centered around a character, most likely Cry Baby, falling in love with a boy who "sold her cheap lies". It tells the story of her looking back at her relationship with the boy, and now finally seeing through all his lies. She was head over heels for someone who she thought she knew, but in reality, she only fell in love with the fake disguise he put on. The boy tricked her into believing he was something that he wasn't. His "ribbons and bows" were just a decoration for him to hide his true self behind. The song relates their relationship to something bought at a 99 cent store, pretty and shiny, but also incredibly cheap and not destined to last.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I had pinwheels in my eyes for you
Blinded by the pinks and blues
Oh, you were my wind-up Romeo
We had matching bubblegum tattoos
Serenade me with your kazoo
You tricked me with your ribbons and your bows

[Pre-Chorus]
It's so shiny in a shopping cart
Pretty in a parking lot
But when you go home
That's when it falls apart

[Chorus]
I still think about you sometimes
Only when I walk through the 99 cent store
You sold me all those cheap lies
Could've built me a whole 99 cent store

[Post-Chorus]
(Kazoo Sounds)

[Verse 2]
Wine and dine me with your plastic fruit
Robbed me of my sweet tooth
Held me up with a loaded water gun
Tied me to these toy train tracks
You left me there, and you never came back
Tacky souvenirs when it's said and done

[Pre-Chorus]
It's so shiny in a shopping cart
Pretty in a parking lot
But when you go home
That's when it falls apart

[Chorus]
I still think about you sometimes
Only when I walk through the 99 cent store
You sold me all those cheap lies
Could've built me a whole 99 cent store

[Bridge]
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

[Chorus]
I still think about you sometimes
Only when I walk through the 99 cent store
You sold me all those cheap lies
Could've built me a whole 99 cent store

[Post-Chorus]
(Kazoo Sounds)

[Outro]
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
I still think about you sometimes
Only when I walk through the 99 cent store

Trivia

  • In an interview with the Grammy Museum on January 7th, 2021, Melanie stated that she went to an actual 99 Cent Store to record various toy sounds to sample on the song.
    • She also mentioned that this song didn't make it to the final album since it didn't match the storyline.[2]
  • The song was produced in Logic Pro.
  • Melanie plays the kazoo in this song.
  • An iPhone ringtone sound, titled "Hillside", is continuously used throughout the song.
  • As with many other unreleased songs, most uploads of this song on YouTube, SoundCloud or other similar content-sharing websites will be immediately taken down.
  • The song was played on a radio station without Melanie's or her team's permission.

References

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Leaked songs
"99 Cent Store" • "A Million Men" • "A Thousand Words" • "AK-47" • "Arts & Crafts" • "Band Aid" • "Birthing Addicts" • "Bombs on Monday Morning" • "Bones Are Blue" • "Can't Shake You" • "Coloring Book" • "Cooties" • "Curly Cue" • "Dear Porcupines" • "Eraser" • "Glue Stick" • "Half Hearted" • "Haunted" • "History" • "Intervals" • "I Scream" • "Jumprope" • "Last Chapter (Never Stayed for Love)" • "Mistakes" • "Night Mime" • "Papercut" • "Patient" • "Psycho Lovers" • "Race" • "Ring Pop" • "Rocking Horse" • "Rotten Milk" • "Rough Love" • "Run" • "Schizo" • "Seesaw" • "The One" • "Time Flies" • "Trophy Wife" • "Twins" • "Unhappy Meal" • "Where Do Babies Come From?" • "You Love I" • "Zzzz"
Unleaked songs
"1st Unknown Song" • "2nd Unknown Song" • "3rd Unknown Song" • "Alone" • "Angels' Song" • "Drowning" • "Gold Diggin' Love" • "Heart at the Door" • "I Love My Ride" • "Milky Way" • "Oh Carousel" • "Smoke" • "Until Sunrise"
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