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"Fire Drill" is a song by Melanie Martinez that was released as a stand-alone single on June 26th, 2020. It was intended to be on her fourth extended play (EP), After School, however, it was later scrapped. This song also plays during the end credits of K-12.

Background

On January 8th, 2020, Melanie held a Q&A on her Instagram story regarding her EP, After School. In this Q&A, she stated that Fire Drill would be one of seven tracks on the EP.[1] In an interview released on February 6th, 2020, Melanie revealed that the song was intended to be released as a single by the end of February.[2]

In an interview with Travis Mills for Beats 1, Melanie confirmed that the song was still planned to be released as a single before the release of After School;[3] it was later released on June 26th, 2020.

Tracklist

Digital track listing - Fire Drill

  • * = indicates the song is a re-release.
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Fire Drill"* Melanie Martinez, Michael Keenan Keenan 4:15
2. "Play Date"* Martinez, Jennifer Decilveo Keenan, Decilveo 2:59

Theme

The song focuses on the matter of fake friends, childhood bullies, and attention-seeking people. Timothy Heller, who accused Melanie of rape in December 2017, may have inspired certain lyrics. Since the accusations, Timothy has been accused of controversial behaviors such as attention-seeking, speaking on behalf of other musical artists, and stretching the truth on social media after accusing Melanie; the song's lyrics "We're on the same side" and "Bullying / screwing around / with people they don't even really know" in the song seem to reflect the allegations on Timothy and how both Timothy and the people online who accused her are both using the same toxic method of accusation, with Melanie stating that all accusations and bullying should stop.

Story-wise, the song was originally meant to reflect Cry Baby's school journey and the ending of the K-12 film (the film was originally supposed to end in the school burning down, but due to budget constraints, the plan was scrapped and the song was used for the credits of the film instead).

Lyrics

[Intro]
Uh, mm, mm, mm
Uh, uh, mm, mm, uh, uh

[Verse 1]
I've never fit into any category, always deemed an outcast
Since I was in Sunday School and all the cool kids said I was weird
It's exactly the same, they say:
"Why do you dress that way?"
"Why do you act that way?"
"Why aren't you just like me?"
So is that what you really wanna say to me?
You playin' games with me
Tellin' me you're for my kind, still you abandon me
Calling me words I'm not, paintin' a picture that's false
You must not know my heart, but I know it isn't your fault
You live in a world in your clutch, you don't get out very much
Livin' in the fake world, full of facades and chaotic behavior
You pull the lever for fun, yell "fire" then you just run

[Chorus]
Fire drill, what would happen if a nuke just hit?
Would you say bye to your family? Would you post about it?
Fire drill, if it all went up in flames one day
Would you give your mom a hug before your house burned away?
It kills, I wish the best for you
And you think I ignore you too, but
Really, I'm trying to live my own life
And be present more, and so should you, it's alright to

[Verse 2]
Crying inside
'Cause nothing I say ever comes out right
We're on the same side
If I'm honest with you, you just run and hide
I'm bad at public speaking
But I'm speaking now so hear me out (Shut up)
I personally believe that everyone is fully capable
Of more than what they're doing, all of the bullying
All of the screwing around with people they don't even really know, oh (Blah, blah, blah)
Eating a hate soufflé, and an angry bitter sorbet
All 'cause you were bored one day
Losing your wits and your grace

[Chorus]
Fire drill, what would happen if a nuke just hit?
Would you say bye to your family?
Would you post about it?
Fire drill, if it all went up in flames one day
Would you give your mom a hug before your house burned away?
It kills, I wish the best for you
And you think I ignore you too, but
Really, I'm tryna live my own life
And be present more, and so should you, it's alright to

[Bridge]
I am not the government
I am not the fucked up men
I am not a part of anything that is hateful
Love is seeping out my pores, I don't hold anger anymore
Even for people who hurt and betray me (Okay)
I am not the government
I am not the fucked up men (Gross)
I am not a part of anything that is hateful
Love is seeping out my pores, I don't hold anger anymore
Even for people who hurt and betray me

[Chorus]
Fire drill, what would happen if a nuke just hit?
Would you say bye to your family? Would you post about it?
Fire drill, if it all went up in flames one day
Would you give your mom a hug before your house burned away?
It kills, I wish the best for you
And you think I ignore you too, but
Really, I'm tryna live my own life
And be present more, and so should you, it's alright to

[Outro]
I'm getting out of here

Video

Trivia

  • The song "Play Date" was added as the Side B for the single on streaming platforms.
  • The song contains a sample of the children's song "Do Your Ears Hang Low?".
  • A lighter being opened and lit, fire alarms, sirens, a child laughing and talking, and a fire extinguisher being used can be heard throughout the song.
  • The official instrumental leaked on July 22nd, 2020.
  • This song is registered on all repertoires as "Credits Song Fire Drill".
  • A child can be heard singing the first lyrics of the bridge.
  • It is said that the song was delayed for release due to legal issues with copyright involving a fan who copyrighted the song. The song was later officially released four months later on June 26th, 2020.
  • The song received favorable reviews from critics.

References

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Featured Tracks NotebookTest MeBrain & HeartNumbersGluedField TripThe Bakery
Cut Songs AbsorbCopy Cat (ft. Tierra Whack)Fire DrillHistoryLost & Found
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 DoctorsDeanMs. DaphneMr. CornwellMs. HarperMs. PenelopeMiss VictoriaThe PrincipalLilithBiology TeacherPhillipe
Extras FilmMerchandiseAssignmentsRemoved SongsPromotional Photo Shoot
Locations K-12 Sleepaway SchoolCry Baby's House
Tour K-12 TourK-12 Tour Part 2K-12 Summer Tour (cancelled)CAN'T WAIT TILL I'M OUT OF K-12
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