"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

  • February 14th, 2013 - Acoustic studio demo snippet is posted by Melanie.
  • May 17th, 2021 - Final version is leaked.
  • May 17th, 2021 (later) - Rough demo is leaked on Dbree.
  • May 19th, 2021 - 3 early mixes are leaked on Dbree.

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.[2]

Official versions

  • 2013 EP version (produced by Doveman) — 3:35
    • Mix 1 — 3:35
    • Mix 2 — 3:35
    • Mix 3 — 3:35
  • Studio acoustic demo (produced by THE ELEV3N) — Unknown
    • Snippet — 0:37
  • Rough demo (produced by THE ELEV3N) — 3:16
  • Worktape version (produced by Melanie) — 3:01
  • Unknown Version — 3:20[3]

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

Videos

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

[Pre-Chorus 1]
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 schoolyard
I know I'm on your mind
Now you say love me, but what about before?
When I was just that silly little girl next door, oh oh oh, oh

[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

[Pre-Chorus 2]
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 have been nicer 'cause look where I'm at
While you copy Mac Miller wearing snap back hats

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

[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

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

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.
  • 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 alternative live versions including an explicit performance.[5]

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