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

Background

On January 8, 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 6, 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 26, 2020.

Theme

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 2017, which Melanie repeatedly denied. 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, which are topics Melanie sings about in the song.

Tracklist

Digital track listing - Fire Drill

  1. "Fire Drill" - 4:15
  2. "Play Date" - 2:59


Video

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

Trivia

  • The song "Play Date" was added as the Side B for the single in platforms such Spotify, iTunes and Deezer.
  • 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 a fire extinguisher being used can be heard throughout the song.
  • The official instrumental leaked on July 22, 2020.
  • This song is registered on all repertoires as "Credits Song Fire Drill"

References

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Featured Tracks NotebookTest MeBrain & HeartNumbersGluedField TripThe Bakery
Cut Songs Copy Cat (ft. Tierra Whack)Fire Drill
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 DoctorDeanLucyMs. DaphneMr. CornwellMs. HarperMs. PenelopeMiss VictoriaThe PrincipalLilithBiology TeacherPhillipé
Extras FilmMerchandiseAssignmentsRemoved Songs
Locations K-12 Sleepaway SchoolCry Baby's House
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