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"Fire Drill" is a song by Melanie Martinez. It will be featured on her upcoming fourth extended play (EP), After School. The song is also played during the credits of K-12.

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The song focuses on the matter of fake friends, childhood bullies, and attention-seeking.

The song could be based on Melanie's ex-friend, Timothy Heller, who accused Melanie of rape in December of 2017, which Melanie repeatedly denied. She has been known for controversial behavior regarding attention seeking, speaking on behalf of other musical artists, and stretching the truth on social media, which are topics Melanie sings about in the song.

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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 and you 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 alright
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 stay 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

[Break]
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

Trivia

  • A fan account uploaded a filtered audio of the song on SoundCloud, however, it was copyrighted. The claim indicated that there will be an exclusive Japanese edition of K-12
    • The same copyright claim occurred when a Brazilian fan account, known as OhMelanie, uploaded a filtered audio of an unknown song to SoundCloud.

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