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"Dear Porcupines", alternatively titled as "Dear Porcupine" or "Porcupine", is an unreleased song by Melanie Martinez. The song was written for her Unknown Extended Play, however, the project was later scrapped. It has been performed live multiple times.

The full studio version leaked on May 17th, 2021.

Leak History

  • Early 2013 - Acoustic studio demo snippet is posted by Melanie.
  • May 17th, 2021 - An early mix is leaked.
  • May 17th, 2021 (later) - 2013 EP version is leaked on Dbree.
  • May 17th, 2021 (even later) - Full first demo is leaked on Dbree.
  • May 19th, 2021 - Two more early mixes are leaked on Dbree.
  • July 22nd, 2021 - A snippet of the second demo is leaked on Dbree.

Official Versions

  • 2013 EP version (Produced by Doveman) — 3:35
    • Mix 1 — 3:35
    • Mix 2 — 3:35
    • Mix 3 — 3:35
  • Worktape version (Produced by Melanie) — 3:01
  • Demo 1 (Produced by THE ELEV3N) — 3:16
  • Demo 2 (Final) (Produced by THE ELEV3N) — Unknown
    • Snippet — 0:08
  • Studio acoustic demo (Produced by Miles Nasta) — Unknown
    • Snippet — 0:37
  • Unknown version — 3:20[2]

Theme

This song is about people bullying Melanie during school, but she has overcome their words since then. The bullies are metaphorically referred to as "porcupines". This song is also about getting revenge on the people who made fun of her by insulting them.[3]

It's possible that the registered unknown version length is the studio acoustic demo which has yet to leak online fully.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Drown me in my daily cup of tea
Tell the porcupines to quit stabbing me
They make me fall but I will stand
'Cause all of them are jerks with their cups in their hands
Now they want a whisper, a whisper from me
'Cause all of them have watched me on their big screen TVs
But what about little ol', little ol' me?
The one who got bullied because of her teeth

[Chorus]
I hope you all are watching my middle finger rise
To the bullies in the school yard, I know I'm on your mind
Now you say you love me but what about before?
When I was just that silly little girl next door, ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ah-ah-ah

[Verse 2]
Ladies, oh, ladies, why are you so mad?
Is it 'cause I'm classy and you're a trash bag?
Your teasing and laughing resonates through my heart
And now you're calling me 'cause you want a fresh start
Now look at you boys, you can't believe your eyes
You told me I was ugly and I took you by surprise
You should've been nicer 'cause look where I'm at
While you copy Mac Miller wearing snapback hats

[Chorus]
I hope you all are watching my middle finger rise
To the bullies in the school yard, I know I'm on your mind
Now you say you love me but what about before?
When I was just that silly little girl next door
Ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ah-ah-ah

[Bridge]
Why must you be so mean, talking shit about me?
All I wanted was a friend to laugh and cry
And spend all of eternity or even just a week
Ah-ah, even just a week
Ha, ha, ha, ah

[Chorus]
I hope you all are watching my middle finger rise
To the bullies in the school yard, I know I'm on your mind
Now you say you love me but what about before?
When I was just that silly little girl next door
I hope you all are watching my middle finger rise
To the bullies in the school yard, I know I'm on your mind
Now you say you love me but what about before?
When I was just that silly little girl next door, ooh-ooh

[Snippet]
Ladies, oh, ladies, why are you so mad?
Is it 'cause I'm classy and you're a trash bag?
Your teasing and laughing resonates through my heart
And now you're calling me 'cause you want a fresh start
Now look at you boys, you can't believe your eyes
You told me I was ugly and I took you by surprise
You should've been nicer 'cause look where I'm at
While you copy Mac Miller wearing snapback hats

I hope you all are watching my middle finger rise
To the bullies in the school yard, I know I'm on your mind
Now you say you love m-

[Verse 1]
-me?
The one who got bullied because of her teeth

[Chorus]
I hope you all are watching my middle finger rise
To the bullies in the-

[Verse 1]
Drown me in my daily cup of tea
Tell the porcupines to quit stabbing me
They make me fall but I will stand
'Cause all of them are jerks with their cups in their hands
Now they want a whisper, a whisper from me
'Cause all of them have watched me on their big screen TVs
But what about little ol', little ol' me?
The one who got bullied because of her teeth

[Chorus]
I hope you all are watching my middle finger rise
To the bullies in the school yard, I know I'm on your mind
Now you say you love me but what about before?
When I was just that silly little girl next door, oh-oh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh

[Verse 2]
Ladies, oh, ladies, why are you so mad?
Is it 'cause I'm classy and you're a trash bag?
Your teasing and laughing resonates through my heart
And now you're calling me 'cause you want a fresh start
Now look at you boys, you can't believe your eyes
You told me I was ugly and I took you by surprise
You should've been nicer 'cause look where I'm at
While you copy Mac Miller wearing snapback hats

[Chorus]
I hope you all are watching my middle finger rise
To the bullies in the school yard, I know I'm on your mind
Now you say you love me but what about before?
When I was just that silly little girl next door, oh-oh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh

[Bridge]
Why must you be so mean, talking trash about me?
All I wanted was a friend to laugh and cry
And spend all of eternity or even just a week
Ah-ah
Ha, ha-ha-ah

[Chorus]
I hope you all are watching my middle finger rise
To the bullies in the school yard, I know I'm on your mind
Now you say you love me but what about before?
When I was just that silly little girl next door, oh-oh
I hope you all are watching my middle finger rise
To the bullies in the school yard, I know I'm on your mind
Now you say you love me but what about before?
When I was just that silly little girl next door, oh-oh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh

[Verse 1]
Drown me in my daily cup of tea
Tell the porcupines to quit stabbing me
They make me fall but I will stand
'Cause all of them are jerks with their cups in their hands
Now they want a whisper, a whisper from me
'Cause all of them have watched me on their big screen TVs
But what about little ol', little ol' me?
The one who got bullied because of her teeth

[Chorus]
I hope you all are watching my middle finger rise
To the bullies in the school yard, I know I'm on your mind
Now you say you love me but what about before?
When I was just that silly little girl next door, oh-oh
Ooh-ooh-ooh

[Verse 2]
Ladies, oh, ladies, why are you so mad?
Is it 'cause I'm classy and you're a trash bag?
Your teasing and laughing resonates through my heart
And now you're calling me 'cause you want a fresh start
Now look at you boys, you can't believe your eyes
You told me I was ugly and I took you by surprise
You should've been nicer 'cause look where I'm at
While you copy Mac Miller wearing snapback hats

[Chorus]
I hope you all are watching my middle finger rise
To the bullies in the school yard, I know I'm on your mind
Now you say you love me but what about before?
When I was just that silly little girl next door, oh-oh
Ooh-ooh-ooh

[Bridge]
Why must you be so mean, talking trash about me?
All I wanted was a friend to laugh and cry
And spend all of eternity or even just a week

[Chorus]
I hope you all are watching my middle finger rise
To the bullies in the school yard, I know I'm on your mind
Now you say you love me but what about before?
When I was just that silly little girl next door, oh-oh
Ooh-ooh-ooh

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Trivia

  • The song has been taken off of YouTube on some occasions due to false copyright claims.
  • In most live performances, Melanie did not sing the explicit version.
  • An acoustic worktape of the song recorded and produced by Melanie on her laptop was uploaded by Melanie's manager, Ron Shapiro, to his SoundCloud account in 2013.
  • This song is listed twice on BMI Repertoire, under Dear Porcupine and Dear Porcupines.[4]
  • The first two minutes of this song were debuted on a StageIt show.
  • There are alternate live versions including an explicit performance.[5]
  • As with many other unreleased songs, most uploads of this song on YouTube, SoundCloud or other similar content-sharing websites will be immediately taken down.

References

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