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"Alphabet Boy", originally titled "Alphabet City"[2] is a song by Melanie Martinez featured as the fifth track on her debut album, Cry Baby.

Two 15-second snippets were posted for the song, one in the summer of 2014 and the other in the spring of 2015. Melanie confirmed that the song would be on the album during a livestream via Periscope on June 1st, 2015. On July 29th, 2015, Melanie posted another snippet on her Instagram. The music video was released on June 2nd, 2016.

Leak History

  • February 13th, 2021 - The complete collection of stems are leaked.
  • June 18th, 2021 - A watermarked snippet of the studio session is leaked via Dbree.

Background

After the events of "Carousel", Cry Baby decides to break things off with Alphabet Boy. She realizes he isn't worth her care or love. Cry Baby proves she's just as smart as him, if not smarter, after his attempts to put himself above her fail. She leaves him in the end, mentioning she isn't a "little kid now" and can make mature decisions for herself, putting Cry Baby on the path of her growth and maturity.

Theme

According to Melanie, Alphabet Boy was a boy who was in college that she used to date. He studied music and he used to try and "teach" her how to write songs as if there was a formula or that she wasn't writing songs "correctly". It made her furious and she wanted to elaborate on that. She told VICE that "Alphabet Boy" is her and Cry Baby's break-up song.[3]

Cross-references

  • "Butterscotch and bubblegum drops are bittersweet to me" is a reference to "Bittersweet Tragedy".
  • This song's lyrics and music video make multiple references to both "Dead to Me" and "Bittersweet Tragedy".

Lyrics

[Breakdown]
Ah-ah-aaah, buh-buh-buh-buh
Ah-ah-aaah, buh-buh-buh-buh
Ah-ah-aaah, buh-buh-buh-buh
Buh-buh-buh-buh, buh-buh-buh, buh-buh-buh-buh

[Verse 1]
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 crush my candy cane but you'll never catch me cry
If you dangle that diploma and I dead you don't be surprised

[Pre-Chorus]
I know my ABC's, yet you keep teaching me
I say fuck your degree, alphabet boy
You think you're smarter than me with all your bad poetry
Fuck all your ABC's, alphabet boy

[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

[Breakdown]
Ah-ah-aaah, buh-buh-buh-buh
Ah-ah-aaah, buh-buh-buh-buh
Ah-ah-aaah, buh-buh-buh-buh
Buh-buh-buh-buh, buh-buh-buh, buh-buh-buh-buh

[Verse 2]
Apples aren't always appropriate apologies
Butterscotch and bubblegum drops are bittersweet to me
You call me a child while you keep counting all your coins
But you're not my daddy and I'm not your dolly
And your dictionary's destroyed

[Pre-Chorus]
I know my ABC's, yet you keep teaching me
I say fuck your degree, alphabet boy
You think you're smarter than me with all your bad poetry
Fuck all your ABC's, alphabet boy

[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

[Breakdown]
Alphabet boy
Oh alphabet boy
Alphabet boy
Alphabet boy
My alphabet boy
Ooh-ooh

[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

[Breakdown]
Ah-ah-aaah, buh-buh-buh-buh
Ah-ah-aaah, buh-buh-buh-buh
Ah-ah-aaah, buh-buh-buh-buh
Buh-buh-buh-buh, buh-buh-buh, buh-buh-buh-buh

Alphabet boy
Alphabet boy
Ooh yeah

Alphabet boy

Videos

Gallery

Alphabet Boy (Song)/Gallery

Music Video

The music video was directed by Melanie herself as a sing-along video with lyrics on-screen. The self-directed video follows the Cry Baby theme by being another video filled with pastel colors and a childish persona displayed by Melanie. A hand, presumably belonging to Alphabet Boy himself, constantly teases her throughout the video, though she ultimately resists. Scenes in the video include when Cry Baby spells 'fuck' with magnets on the fridge, having a cereal bowl with milk, and holding a large knife in her hand and giving viewers a glimpse of her homicidal tendencies by waving it at the camera, presumably attacking him.

Trivia

  • This song and "Dead to Me" are both aftermaths of "Carousel".
  • This is one of Jose Martinez's favorite songs recorded for Cry Baby, along with "Pity Party", "Haunted" and "Cake".[4]
  • Melanie's uncle, Juan Vargas, teased lyrics of the song back on April 5, 2014 via his Twitter account.[1]
  • There is mass fan-speculation that this song is about Jared Dylan. Jared is also a songwriter and it would fit into the storyline of the song, as Alphabet Boy thinks he is better than Cry Baby and wants to "teach" her his ways.
  • This song has heavy alliteration in the lyrics and also in the stanzas. The lines descend from A, to B, to C and to D.
    • As a result of this, this became one of the hardest songs on Cry Baby to write, along with "Mrs. Potato Head".
  • This is the longest song on Cry Baby.
  • "Alphabet Boy" was certified gold on March 8th, 2018.
  • Stella Rose Saint Clair designed the outfit that Melanie wore in the music video of this song.
  • Although Alphabet Boy is referenced throughout the whole song, he does not appear on the camera in the music video, though what are assumed to be his hands appear.
  • The music video reached over 100 million views on YouTube on January 26th, 2019, making it Melanie's fifth music video and her second non-single music video to reach this achievement.
  • This is one of the few songs that was performed on the Dollhouse Tour before the release of Cry Baby.
  • Every time Cry Baby stabs the camera, she sings the words "Alphabet Boy".
  • The lyrics to the song are displayed on screen in the music video.
  • The story and illustration for this song appear on the 11th page of the Cry Baby storybook, reading:

Alphabet Boy's Digital Booklet Page

"She cried until she then could see
That he wasn’t even worthy
Of all her love and abc's
So she spelt fuck you in 1 2 3"

References

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Featured Tracks Cry BabyDollhouseSippy CupCarouselAlphabet BoySoapTraining WheelsPity PartyTag, You're ItMilk and CookiesPacify HerMrs. Potato HeadMad Hatter
Bonus Tracks Play DateTeddy BearCake
Characters Cry BabyJohnnyAlphabet BoyBig Bad WolfMomDadBrotherLittle GirlBeth AnneMistressCashierBasic BitchBlue BoyBunny DoctorMrs. Potato HeadMr. Potato HeadNurseRushton Dolls
Extras Digital BookletRemoved SongsMerchandise
Locations Cry Baby's HouseBig Bad Wolf's HouseGrocery StoreCarnivalHospital
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