"Bittersweet Tragedy" is a song by Melanie Martinez, featured as the fourth and final track on her first and second extended plays, Dollhouse and Pity Party. The song was also meant to be included on her debut album Cry Baby, however, it was scrapped along with Dead To Me.


The song was recorded in 2013 and the full demo was leaked in high quality on September 10, 2016


Leak History

  • September 10, 2016 - Full demo is leaked in high quality.

Theme

This song is about the end of Melanie's relationship with a boy. The relationship was uneven, and there were moments when she was only focusing on the sweet parts. However, when she realized how bitter and sour their relationship really was, and consequetly, they break up. 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

  • Almost every line of the song relates to junk food or fruit.
  • Melanie's first performance of this song and Dead to Me was at Gramercy Theatre, and her final performance was on JBTV in 2015.
  • This is the longest song on Dollhouse.
  • 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. This means that there is no official clean version, and the same thing applies to Dead to Me.
  • The official audio was uploaded to Melanie's YouTube channel on May 30, 2014
    • It has over 11 million views and 181 thousand likes as of March 19, 2021.
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