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"Class Fight" is the second track by Melanie Martinez that is featured on her sophomore album, K-12. The official music video, originally available as part of the film, was later separately released on October 17th, 2019.

Background

On August 8th, 2019, a snippet of this track was released exclusively in Australia and New Zealand as an assignment before being officially released worldwide.

Melanie revealed in an interview with BUILD Series that she revisited the chorus of this song to perfect it since she wasn't satisfied with the initial result, which is a rare occurrence for her. Additionally, she stated in an interview with Beats 1 that it was the hardest song on the album to write.

Theme

The song is about Cry Baby's jealousy of Kelly's relationship with Brandon as Cry Baby has a crush on him. The chorus of the song features an imaginary conversation between Cry Baby and her parents, with her mom telling her not to harm Kelly and her dad giving her strategies on how to fight.

The song may be about how women are constantly pitted against each other, specifically in the music industry.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
It was the middle of class and the teacher wasn't lookin'
Kelly had a fat ass and trouble was cookin'
She had a boy wrapped around her finger tight
I fell in love with him, but he wasn't in my life
The teacher gave me notes to go out and give Kelly
She was kissin' Brandon, I got jelly
I wanted to be in her shoes for one day
I just waited 'til recess to make her pay (to make her pay)

[Chorus]
Mommy, why do I feel sad?
Should I give him away or feel this bad?
"No, no, no, don't you choke"
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat"
For the throat, for, for the throat
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat"
For the throat, for, for the throat
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat"

[Post-Chorus]
For the throat, for, for the throat
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat"
For the throat, for, for the throat
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat" (Class fight)
For the throat, for, for the throat
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat"
For the throat, for, for the throat
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat" (Class fight)

[Verse 2]
Her face was fucked up and my hands were bloody
We were in the playground, things were getting muddy
The teacher broke us up after I broke her
And my one true love called me a monster (Yay!)

[Chorus]
Mommy, why do I feel sad?
Should I give him away or feel this bad?
"No, no, no, don't you choke"
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat"
For the throat, for, for the throat
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat"
For the throat, for, for the throat
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat"

[Post-Chorus]
For the throat, for, for the throat
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat"
For the throat, for, for the throat
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat" (Class fight)
For the throat, for, for the throat
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat"
For the throat, for, for the throat
Daddy chimed in, "Go for the throat" (Class fight)

Videos

Gallery

Class Fight/Gallery

Music Video

This is the second music video that appears in Melanie's film, K-12. It begins with Brandon asking Cry Baby to borrow her eraser. Kelly notices and attempts to steal his attention back, although she gets in trouble by Ms. Daphne. Kelly throws a threatening note at Cry Baby. During nap time while the other kids are sleeping, Cry Baby meets with Angelita through the use of their powers to tell her about Kelly. They are unable to come to an agreement on what to do, so Angelita makes Cry Baby call her mom, who doesn't pick up because she is passed out. Cry Baby then creates an imaginary conversation with her parents in which her dad tells her to "go for the throat", which Angelita agrees with. Meanwhile, in the real world, Kelly attempts to strangle Cry Baby with a snake.

During recess, Kelly and her friends are gossiping while Cry Baby and Angelita are sitting with Brandon. Kelly's friends notice, and Lucy tries to alert Kelly. She brushes her off, warning Lucy not to interrupt her. Kelly's friends stop paying attention to Kelly and instead focus on Cry Baby. Kelly finally turns around and storms over to Cry Baby, pushing people out of her way. She slaps Cry Baby and starts punching her, then cuts her arm with a knife. Cry Baby uses her powers to strangle Kelly with her hair. Ms. Daphne brings the girls inside to see the Principal. Cry Baby is remorseful for her actions, while Kelly is prideful that Cry Baby didn't leave a mark on her.

Cast

Errors

  • Before the second verse, Brandon can be seen sitting with Cry Baby and Angelita in the background even though he hadn't sat with them yet.

Trivia

  • Class Fight is the shortest song from the K-12 album.
  • Each song on K-12 represents a different grade level in school, from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
    • Class Fight represents 1st grade.
    • Similar to the Show & Tell case, "First Grade" appears on the door of the classroom (referring to the grade to which the song corresponds).
  • The mix used in the film is different from the official audio. In the film, the bass is intensified, violins are included in the second verse, and the post chorus' lyrics are omitted.
  • Melanie says "throat" a total of 38 times.
  • Melanie has stated in various interviews that the song has three versions with different choruses and production.
  • During the scene where Angelita used her power to make fire, a pillow caught on fire.
    • This scene was filmed on the last day of production.
  • The music video has over 39 million views and 877 thousand likes on YouTube as of June 29th, 2021.
    • It was trending at #10 on YouTube a day after it came out.
  • The instrumental leaked on April 10th, 2020 .
  • Children playing, talking, cheering, and yelling, "fight", bones cracking, a ruler hitting a desk, and a monster growling can be heard throughout the song.
    • The cracking bones and talking and cheering children, however, are not heard in the film or music video.

Navigation

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Featured Tracks Wheels On the BusClass FightThe PrincipalShow & TellNurse's OfficeDrama ClubStrawberry ShortcakeLunchbox FriendsOrange JuiceDetentionTeacher's PetHigh School SweetheartsRecess
Credit Track Fire Drill
Characters Cry BabyAngelitaFleurCelesteMagnoliaLeoBenKellyBlue BoyBrandonBunny DoctorDeanMs. DaphneMr. CornwellMs. HarperMs. PenelopeMiss VictoriaThe PrincipalLilithBiology TeacherPhillipe
Extras FilmMerchandiseAssignmentsRemoved Songs
Locations K-12 Sleepaway SchoolCry Baby's House