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"Cry Baby" is a song by Melanie Martinez. It is the opening and title track from her debut album, Cry Baby. It served as an introduction to the character Cry Baby, who will be the main act for the whole record.

On July 27th, 2015, Melanie posted a snippet of the song on her Instagram. The music video was released on March 14th, 2016.

Leak History

  • February 13th, 2021 - The complete collection of the song's demo's stems are leaked.
  • May 7th, 2021 - The first demo of the song is leaked on Dbree.
  • June 4th, 2021 - The song's second demo is leaked.

Official Versions

  • Final version — 3:59
    • Official instrumental — 3:59
  • Demo 1 — 3:46
  • Demo 2 — 4:10
    • Official instrumental — 4:07

Theme

While growing up, people around her once labeled Melanie as a "cry baby", a person who gets upset or emotional at the simplest things. The song is about people, including herself, who are extremely sensitive and tend to be triggered or who get upset easily, consequently ending in tears. The song draws the inspiration for the Cry Baby character, a fictional, child-like version of Melanie herself. Cry Baby struggles through a journey of self-acceptance, but through this song and many others, her journey of growth begins. Cry Baby is a character whom Melanie described as "a child who experiences adult things".[2] However, there are some things in Cry Baby’s story that Melanie did not experience herself.[3]

"I wrote this song called "Cry Baby" because some people say that I'm too emotional when I sing, I'm sensitive to crisis in the world like sex trafficking, child cancer, etc. And, I can't hide my feelings and tend to cry to much. This song is my response, I guess my heart is too big for my body."[4]

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You seem to replace
Your brain with your heart
You take things so hard
And then you fall apart
You try to explain
But before you can start
Those cry baby tears
Come out of the dark

[Pre-Chorus]
Someone's turning the handle
To the faucet in your eyes
You're pouring out
Where everyone can see
Your heart's too big for your body
It's why you won't fit inside
You're pouring out
Where everyone can see

[Chorus]
They call you cry baby
Cry baby
But you don't fucking care
Cry baby, cry baby
So you laugh through your tears
Cry baby, cry baby
'Cause you don't fucking care
Tears fall to the ground
You just let them drown
You just let them drown
Cry baby, cry baby

[Verse 2]
You're all on your own and
You lost all your friends
You told yourself that
It's not you, it's them
You're one of a kind
And no one understands
But those cry baby tears
Keep coming back again

[Pre-Chorus]
Someone's turning the handle
To the faucet in your eyes
You're pouring out
Where everyone can see
Your heart's too big for your body
It's why you won't fit inside
You're pouring out
Where everyone can see

[Chorus]
They call you cry baby
Cry baby
But you don't fucking care
Cry baby, cry baby
So you laugh through your tears
Cry baby, cry baby
'Cause you don't fucking care
Tears fall to the ground
You just let them drown
Cry baby, cry baby
You just let them drown
Cry baby, cry baby
You just let them drown

[Bridge]
I look at you and
I see myself
And I know you better
Than anyone else
I have the same faucet in my eyes
So your tears
Are mine

[Chorus]
They call me cry baby
Cry baby
But I don't fucking care
Cry baby, cry baby
How I laugh through my tears
Cry baby, cry baby
'Cause I don't fucking care
Tears fall to the ground
I just let them drown

[Outro]
Cry baby, cry baby
I just let them drown
Cry baby, cry baby
You just let them drown
They call you cry baby, cry baby
I just let them drown
Cry baby, cry baby
You just let them drown

[Verse 1]
You seem to replace
Your brain with your heart
You take things so hard
And then you fall apart
You try to explain
But before you can start
Those cry baby tears
Come out of the dark

[Pre-Chorus]
Someone's turning the handle
To the faucet in your eyes
You're pouring out
Where everyone can see
Your heart's too big for your body
It's why you won't fit inside
You're pouring out
Where everyone can see

[Chorus]
They call you cry baby
Cry baby
But you don't even care
Cry baby, cry baby
So you laugh through your tears
Cry baby, cry baby
'Cause you don't even care
Tears fall to the ground
You just let them drown
You just let them drown
Cry baby, cry baby

[Verse 2]
You're all on your own and
You lost all your friends
You told yourself that
It's not you, it's them
You're one of a kind
And no one understands
But those cry baby tears
Keep coming back again

[Pre-Chorus]
Someone's turning the handle
To the faucet in your eyes
You're pouring out
Where everyone can see
Your heart's too big for your body
It's why you won't fit inside
You're pouring out
Where everyone can see

[Chorus]
They call you cry baby
Cry baby
But you don't even care
Cry baby, cry baby
So you laugh through your tears
Cry baby, cry baby
'Cause you don't even care
Tears fall to the ground
You just let them drown
Cry baby, cry baby
You just let them drown
Cry baby, cry baby
You just let them drown

[Bridge]
I look at you and
I see myself
And I know you better
Than anyone else
I have the same faucet in my eyes
So your tears
Are mine

[Chorus]
They call me cry baby
Cry baby
But I don't even care
Cry baby, cry baby
I laugh through my tears
Cry baby, cry baby
'Cause I don't even care
Tears fall to the ground
I just let them drown

[Outro]
Cry baby, cry baby
I just let them drown
Cry baby, cry baby
You just let them drown
They call you cry baby, cry baby
I just let them drown
Cry baby, cry baby
You just let them drown

[Verse 1]
You seem to replace
Your brain with your heart
You take things so hard
And then you fall apart
You try to explain
But before you can start
Those cry baby tears
Come out of the dark

[Pre-Chorus]
Someone's turning the handle
To the faucet in your eyes
You're pouring out
Where everyone can see
Your heart's too big for your body
It's why you won't fit inside
You're pouring out
Where everyone can see

[Chorus]
They call you cry baby
Cry baby
But you don't fucking care
Cry baby, cry baby
So you laugh through your tears
Cry baby, cry baby
'Cause you don't fucking care
Tears fall to the ground
You just let them drown

[Verse 2]
You're all on your own and
You lost all your friends
You told yourself that
It's not you, it's them
You're one of a kind
And no one understands
But those cry baby tears
Keep coming back again

[Pre-Chorus]
Someone's turning the handle
To the faucet in your eyes
You're pouring out
Where everyone can see
Your heart's too big for your body
It's why you won't fit inside
You're pouring out
Where everyone can see

[Chorus]
They call you cry baby
Cry baby
But you don't fucking care
Cry baby, cry baby
So you laugh through your tears
Cry baby, cry baby
'Cause you don't fucking care
Tears fall to the ground
You just let them drown

[Bridge]
I look at you and
I see myself
And I know you better
Than anyone else
I have the same faucet in my eyes
So your tears
Are mine

[Chorus]
They call me cry baby
Cry baby
But I don't fucking care
Cry baby, cry baby
How I laugh through my tears
Cry baby, cry baby
'Cause I don't fucking care
Tears fall to the ground
I just let them drown

Videos

Gallery

Cry Baby (Song)/Gallery

Music Video

The music video was directed and conceived by Melanie herself. The intro of the video shows the story of Cry Baby's birth. After her birth, the brother lights up his mother's cigarette. When the nurse comes with the new-born whiny baby, the mom is aggravated by her daughters crying and calls her a "cry baby". At that moment the brother goes to a desk and writes down on a birth certification the name Crybaby, choosing her name. After that, the nurse leaves the room with the baby. The end of the intro focuses on the certification in a vignette effect. After the hospital scene, Crybaby's childhood is showed as the song starts. In the opening scene, she's presented with half-blonde hair waking up from a crib. In the next scene, she is in a high chair having half-silver hair, her mother approaches with a mostly drunken bottle of wine in her hand and tries to feed her. During the video, there is an alternation of the two Cry Baby and her dealing with sadness. At one time she is harassed by her toys, the moment she starts to cry an entire pool of tears flood the room and overflow out the window of a dollhouse, setting up the events of Dollhouse.

Cast

Errors

  • After the hospital scene, when Cry Baby is sitting in her high chair and her mom comes in to feed her, the mom has a bottle of wine in her hand. When she walks to the high chair, it is filled with red wine. However, in the next scene, it's white wine, as it's now see-through.
  • When her birth certificate is shown it reads “Crybaby” despite being stylized with a space everywhere else.

    3:55

Trivia

  • There was a lipstick at Lime Crime called "Cry Baby", designed by Melanie herself in collaboration with Doe Deere.
  • Melanie wore the Teddy Bear Lipstick in the music video for this song.
  • This song was made in the same session as "Carousel" and "Schizo".
  • In the music video, after Cry Baby is born, her brother lights a cigarette for their mom, which foreshadows and sparks his smoking addiction later in his life.
    • He also writes his sister's name on her birth certificate, giving her the name Crybaby.
      • However, her name later appears as Cry Baby. It is unknown if this was a mistake or if it is intentional.
  • The clock in the music video is a Kit-Cat Klock.
  • The cat clock that appears in the hospital scene is also the same clock that appears in the "Pity Party" music video.
  • This song and "Training Wheels" are the only two explicit songs on Cry Baby to have lyric changes in their clean versions.
  • Sometimes, Melanie sang the clean version of the song when singing live. Normally, she would replace the word "fucking" with "even".
    • In some performances, the word "fucking" was instead replaced with the song's intro sounds.
  • This song was certified gold on July 12th, 2017.
  • Melanie stated in an interview that the inspiration for this song's music video came from the 1988 film Alice.[5]
  • On April 8th, 2016, Melanie had stated on Twitter that if people were to Shazam "Pity Party" they would be able to watch the behind the scenes video of "Cry Baby". However, the next day, on April 9th, 2016, the feature was removed and Melanie had uploaded the video on her YouTube channel.
  • The story and illustration for this song appear on the 1st page of the Cry Baby storybook, reading:

    Cry Baby's digital booklet page

"Saddest girl she has to be
Salty tears stream down her cheek
Her heart's bigger than her body
Her name is cry baby"

References

Navigation

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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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