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"High School Sweethearts" is the twelfth track by Melanie Martinez that is featured on her sophomore album, K-12. The music video, originally available as part of the film, was later separately released on February 6th, 2020.

Background

On April 13th, 2016, Melanie posted a photo on Instagram with a caption of song lyrics.[1] She later replied to a fan on Instagram confirming that they were for a new song on her sophomore album.[2] On July 22nd, 2019, a snippet of this track was released exclusively in Buenos Aires, Argentina as an assignment before being officially released worldwide.

Theme

Cry Baby wants a lover who is honest with her and truly loves her, among other requirements. She doesn't want just a fling, she wishes to have a long-term relationship with someone who is committed to her and accepts her for who she truly is. At one point, Cry Baby threatens to kill her potential partner if they were to ever cheat on her, which is likely a reference to "Sippy Cup", when her mother murdered her father and his mistress , or "Dead to Me". Story-wise, this song is a possible callback to Cry Baby's experience with abusive and toxic relationships during her time in the album Cry Baby.

Lyrics

[Intro]
Can we just be honest?
These are the requirements
If you think you can be my one and only true love
You must promise to love me
And damn it, if you fuck me over
I will rip your fucking face apart

[Verse 1]
Step one
You must accept that I'm a little out my mind
Step two
This is a waste if you can't walk me down the finish line
Step three
Give me passion, don't make fun of my fashion
Step four
Give me more, give me more, more

[Pre-Chorus]
If you can't handle a heart like mine
Don't waste your time with me
If you're not down to bleed, no, oh
If you can't handle the choking, the biting
The loving, the smothering
'Til you can't handle it no more, no more
Go home

[Chorus]
Can we just be honest?
These are the requirements
If you think you can be my one and only true love
You must promise to love me
And damn it, if you fuck me over
I will rip your fucking face apart

[Hook]
High school sweethearts, line up
Not trying to waste my time
High school sweethearts, shut up
If you're not my type
High school sweethearts, line up
Not trying to waste my time
High school sweethearts, shut up
If you're not my type

[Verse 2]
Step five
You can't be scared to show me off and hold my hand
Step six
If you can't put in work, I don't know what you think this fucking is
Step seven, this one goes to eleven
If you cheat, you will die, die

[Pre-Chorus]
If you can't handle a heart like mine
Don't waste your time with me
If you're not down to bleed, no, oh
If you can't handle the choking, the biting
The loving, the smothering
'Til you can't handle it no more, no more
Go home

[Chorus]
Can we just be honest?
These are the requirements
If you think you can be my one and only true love
You must promise to love me
And damn it, if you fuck me over
I will rip your fucking face apart

[Hook]
High school sweethearts, line up
Not trying to waste my time
High school sweethearts, shut up
If you're not my type
High school sweethearts, line up
Not trying to waste my time
High school sweethearts, shut up
If you're not my type

[Bridge]
Could you hold me through the night?
Put your lips all over my
Salty face when I start crying
Could you be my first time?
Eat me up like apple pie
Make me not wanna die
Love me rough and let me fly
Get me up, yeah, get me high
Tie me down, don't leave my side
Don't be a waste of my time

[Chorus]
Can we just be honest?
These are the requirements
If you think you can be my one and only true love
You must promise to love me
And damn it, if you fuck me over
I will rip your fucking face apart

[Hook]
High school sweethearts, line up
Not trying to waste my time
High school sweethearts, shut up
If you're not my type
High school sweethearts, line up
Not trying to waste my time
High school sweethearts, shut up
If you're not my type

Videos

Gallery

High School Sweethearts/Gallery

Music Video

This is the twelfth music video that appears in Melanie's film, K-12. The video opens with a closeup of Cry Baby's face as she is laying down on the bottom part of a bunk bed, singing the acapella intro to the song. The scene is lit entirely in blue, with the moon shown in the background. As the shot pans out, it appears that the scene is actually a set in a play, as all of the other surroundings seem to be fake. Cry Baby sits up and continues singing the song, before the scene changes to Cry Baby dancing and singing along in an empty room. This continues for the majority of the video, with Cry Baby using items around the room such as a chair, a mirror, etc. as props for her dance.

For the last minute or so, the video returns to the scene of Cry Baby in the bunk bed, as she finishes the song. Two fake swans enter the scene towards the end of the song. During the last lines, Cry Baby lays back down and pulls out a pink piece of paper, which is the love letter given to her by Ben. As she reads the letter, the camera pans back out and the video cuts to black, ending.

Errors

  • In the video's intro, the tattoo on the inside of Melanie's arm can be seen.

Trivia

  • In the original version of the booklet that comes with physical copies of the album, "sweethearts" was misspelled as "sweathearts". This has since been fixed in newly printed versions.
  • High School Sweethearts is the longest song on K-12.
  • This song is the most explicit song on the album, with Melanie cursing nine times.
  • This is the only song on K-12 that starts acapella.
  • High School Sweethearts was one of the first songs from K-12 to be performed live, along with Recess and Strawberry Shortcake. The three songs were first performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 16th, 2019.
  • Each song on K-12 represents a different grade level in school, from kindergarten through 12th grade.
    • High School Sweethearts represents 11th grade.
  • A door opening and shutting, someone writing on a chalkboard, and a school bell ringing can be heard throughout the song.
  • The instrumental was leaked on September 9th, 2020.
  • This is the only music video from K-12 that does not feature any other characters besides Cry Baby.
    • However, Elita Harkov, who plays Angelita, is mistakenly credited in the description of the music video.

References

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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 DoctorDeanMs. DaphneMr. CornwellMs. HarperMs. PenelopeMiss VictoriaThe PrincipalLilithBiology TeacherPhillipe
Extras FilmMerchandiseAssignmentsRemoved Songs
Locations K-12 Sleepaway SchoolCry Baby's House
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