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"Bittersweet Tragedy" is a song by Melanie Martinez featured as the fourth and final track on her debut EP, Dollhouse, and her EP, Pity Party. The song was also meant to be included on her debut album, Cry Baby, but it didn't make the final cut.

Official Versions

  • Final version — 4:47
    • Official Instrumental — 4:48
  • Early mix — 4:51
  • Demo 3 — 4:49

Background

The song was written and recorded on June 26th, 2013, during the 2013 EP sessions, however, it is unknown if it was originally intended for the project or planned for pitching to another artists, as it was not peformed during that time.

Melanie also posted a video while she was on the studio with Robopop recording the song on her social media accounts and tweeted some lyrics on the same day.[1][2]

Later, the song was included on Dollhouse since it fit in the EP's sound and planned for Cry Baby along with the other songs on the EP, however, it was later scrapped.

Theme

This song is about the end of one of Melanie's relationships. Despite the hardships experienced during their relationship, she was only focusing on the 'sweet' aspects of it. However, once she realizes how bitter and sour their relationship really was, she ends it. Melanie has stated that "it is the final song on Dollhouse because it sums up the whole EP."

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Sweet boy, straight out of the movie screen
Candy hearts and chocolate dreams
I met my prince upon a popcorn bowl
He held my heart and let it go
Ice cream, upon a summer's day
Beginning sweetness never stays
Melting through the cracks in my hands
I guess I held on for too long

[Chorus]
I'm done with your bittersweet, bittersweet tragedy
It's no fun, when I'm sitting all alone
You're right in front of me
And I'm done with your bittersweet, bittersweet tragedy
It's no fun, when I'm sitting all alone
You're right in front of me
(You're right in front of me)

[Verse 2]
You speak sour lemonade to me
The bitter taste won't let me be
One kiss was supposed to be so sweet
But I found grapefruit in your teeth
Old gum is all you'll ever be to me
I spit you out and brush my teeth
Melting through the cracks in my hands
I guess I held on for too long

[Chorus]
I'm done with your bittersweet, bittersweet tragedy
It's no fun, when I'm sitting all alone
You're right in front of me
And I'm done with your bittersweet, bittersweet tragedy
It's no fun, when I'm sitting all alone
You're right in front of me
(You're right in front of me)

[Bridge]
Enough of your bittersweet
Your sugar rots my teeth
Clogs up my arteries
Your bittersweet shit is a tragedy

[Chorus]
I'm done with your bittersweet, bittersweet tragedy
It's no fun, when I'm sitting all alone
You're right in front of me
And I'm done with your bittersweet, bittersweet tragedy
It's no fun, when I'm sitting all alone
You're right in front of me
(You're right in front of me)

Videos

Trivia

  • Melanie performed this song live for the first known time at Gramercy Theatre on February 15, 2014.
  • The instrumental leaked on March 28, 2017.
  • An early mix of the song was leaked on May 13, 2016 and a demo was leaked a few months later on September 10, 2016.
  • This is the longest song on both the Dollhouse EP and Pity Party EP.
  • There is a possibility that this song was recorded in the same session as "Mistakes". However, it is very unlikely since "Mistakes" seems to be written after Melanie conceptualized the Cry Baby era idea.
  • The music box that plays before this song in live performances is the children's lullaby known as "Cradle Song", also commonly known as "Brahms' Lullaby".
  • Despite having the word 'shit' in the lyrics, the song is not considered to be explicit, meaning no official clean version exists.

References

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