"Copy Cat" is a song by Melanie Martinez featuring Tierra Whack that was released as a stand-alone single on February 10th, 2020. It was intended to be featured on her fourth extended play (EP), After School, however, it was later cut and released alone.

Background

On January 8th, 2020, Melanie hosted a Q&A on her Instagram story regarding After School. She was asked by a fan if there would be any features on the EP, to which she confirmed that one song would have a collaboration with a female artist. She also confirmed that there would be no old or unreleased music on the EP, meaning that the song would be a brand-new collaboration.

Theme

The song is about people in the music industry who are unoriginal and copy other people in hopes of succeeding, which most of the time ends up working. It uses school exams and projects as a metaphor for this, as students often cheat on tests and copy the work of other students in an attempt to receive a better mark or grade.

Cross-References

  • The line "Anything you can do I can do better" may have been taken from the show tune "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)"[1] composed by Irving Berlin.

Lyrics

[Verse 1: Melanie Martinez]
Over my shoulder, eyes peeking in
Analyze my every move, what current state I'm in
'Cause you are colder than ice on my skin
Wanna get that A+, baby, so you take my shit
'Cause I am little, right? I won't call you out
Teacher's saying "you'd get credit, why would you stop now?"
You are so desperate, craving that spotlight
Shining on the ones who do this shit, 'cause it's their life

[Pre-chorus: Melanie Martinez]
But I know the people around you say
"Just do what it takes to make it all the way"

[Chorus: Melanie Martinez]
You're a copy cat
You take it, then you leave it, honey
Just like that, just like that
You're falling flat
You'll find someone like me to bring you up right back
Up right back
(Copy cat, copy cat)

[Verse 2: Melanie Martinez]
Obsessed with power
You want it for yourself
Feeding up misogyny
But still you call yourself a feminista
If that were really true
You wouldn't feel as if I were a current threat to you

[Pre-chorus: Melanie Martinez]
But I know the people around you say
"Just do what it takes to make it all the way"

[Chorus: Melanie Martinez]
You're a copy cat
You take it, then you leave it, honey
Just like that, just like that
You're falling flat
You'll find someone like me to bring you up right back
Up right back
(Copy cat, copy cat)

[Bridge: Melanie Martinez]
Find someone else to leech on, lady
My blood's for me, not for you, baby
College estate and all your savings
My blood's for me, so no more taking

[Verse 3: Tierra Whack]
Anything you can do, I can do better
In prison for stealing, gon' write you a letter
Courageous and clever, creative director
I raised the bar high, yes sir, I broke the record
I'm hot as peppers, my words written in leather
Scuffed up my boots, boy, I'll stomp you in Skechers
They wanna build like their first name is Hector
Back against wall, bitch, I am a projector
From the projects, don't check on my ex
Think you're the boss then I'll break broken necks
Wish you the best, won't show you my next move
So I guess you'll be upset
Don't cry, no baby, you'll find your own way
Think for yourself, it'll all be okay
Copyright lyrics, you can't steal my spirit
They live for my music, they're dying to hear it
Imitated, never duplicated
You wish you related, you wish you'd have made it
Imitated, never duplicated
You wish you related, you wish you'd have made it

[Chorus: Melanie Martinez]
You're a copy cat
You take it and you leave it, honey
Just like that, just like that
You're falling flat
You'll find someone like me to bring you up right back
Up right back
(Copy cat, copy cat)

Video

Trivia

  • The single artwork was created by Josefin Jonsson, better known as pastelae.
    • She also created the artwork for the K-12 snippets.
  • The word "feminista" is Spanish and Portuguese for "feminist". This is likely a callback to Melanie's Dominican and Puerto-Rican origins.
  • This song is the first collaboration in Melanie's discography, excluding unreleased songs.
  • There are sounds hidden throughout the song, that are only audible to cats.
    • It also features cat noises, such as purring and meows.
  • The official instrumental was leaked on March 31st, 2021.[2]
  • The audio video reached #4 on YouTube trending.
  • Although the song contains profanity, it is not labeled as explicit.
  • This song, "Fire Drill", and "PIGGYBACK" are currently Melanie's only released songs to not be physically released.

References

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Featured Tracks NotebookTest MeBrain & HeartNumbersGluedField TripThe Bakery
Cut Songs Copy Cat (ft. Tierra Whack)Fire DrillHistory
Producers Blake SlatkinMelanie Martinez (exec.)Michael Keenan
Related K-12CAN'T WAIT TILL I'M OUT OF K-12Merchandise
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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 DoctorDeanLucyMs. DaphneMr. CornwellMs. HarperMs. PenelopeMiss VictoriaThe PrincipalLilithBiology TeacherPhillipe
Extras FilmMerchandiseAssignmentsRemoved Songs
Locations K-12 Sleepaway SchoolCry Baby's House
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