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"Lunchbox Friends" is the eighth track by Melanie Martinez that is featured on her sophomore album, K-12. The music video, originally available as part of the film, was separately released on January 10th, 2020.

Background

On May 17th, 2016, Melanie posted a photo on Instagram with a caption of lyrics from the song. The post was later deleted in May of 2019. On June 24th, 2019, a snippet of this track was released exclusively in New York City, New York as an assignment, before being officially released worldwide. This was the first ever assignment.

On January 10th, 2020, Melanie started a TikTok challenge for fans to show their best "best handshake dance" to the song.[1] She also stated during her After School Q&A that the song would be released as a single.[2]

Theme

Melanie stated, in an interview years prior to the album's release, that the song would be about friends in school who do not actually want a close connection at all. These people have high standards for who can be considered their "friend" and require them to appear a certain way. They also gossip and spread rumors about people they don't actually know.

Cross-references

Lyrics

[Intro]
Oh-oh no, oh-oh no
Oh-oh no, oh-oh no

[Verse 1]
They said, "Hey, girl, will you sit with me?
Table in the back, Cafeteria C
We can be friends if you wanna be
But only 'til the clock hits three
After lunch, we can walk to class
Talk about the boys that we want to smash
Talk about ways to get a little more cash
After that I'll ignore your ass, oh"

[Pre-Chorus]
The hassle, the fighting, they all want a bite of me
Photos, more photos, then gossip 'bout hoes that they don't know
Oh, they talk shit though

[Chorus]
I don't want no lunchbox friends, no oh
I want someone who understands, oh, oh, no
Come to my house, let's die together
Friendship that would last forever, no oh
No lunchbox friends, no, oh, yeah
No lunchbox friends
Come to my house, let's die together
Friendship that would last forever, no oh

[Post-Chorus]
No lunchbox friends, no oh
No lunchbox friends
Come to my, come to my
Friendship that would last forever

[Verse 2]
They want a fat ass in their brand new jeans
Want a baby in the back with the man of their dreams
That isn't the life for me
Gotta look like a fuckin' damn Barbie
Goin' on TV, people have high expectations of me
Wanna be my best friend, then judge me if I smoke a little weed
Makes no fucking sense to me

[Pre-Chorus]
The hassle, the fighting, they all want a bite of me
Photos, more photos, then gossip 'bout hoes that they don't know
Oh, they talk shit though

[Chorus]
I don't want no lunchbox friends, no oh
I want someone who understands, oh, oh, no
Come to my house, let's die together
Friendship that would last forever, no oh
No lunchbox friends, no, oh, yeah
No lunchbox friends
Come to my house, let's die together
Friendship that would last forever, no oh

[Post-Chorus]
No oh, no oh, no oh
Come to my house, let's die together
Friendship that would last forever
No lunchbox friends, no oh
No lunchbox friends
Come to my, come to my
Friendship that would last forever, oh
No oh, no oh, no oh, yeah
Come to my, come to my
Friendship that would last forever

[Outro]
No lunchbox friends, no oh
No lunchbox friends
Come to my, come to my
Friendship that would last forever

Videos

Music Video

This is the eighth music video that appears in Melanie's film, K-12. The video begins in the cafeteria of K-12 Sleepaway School, where Cry Baby and her friends are waiting in line to grab lunch. Kelly cuts through the line, pulling Cry Baby aside, walking her to the table where her clique is sitting. She tells Cry Baby of all the benefits of being friends with her and makes her sit at the table after telling her that she'll "ignore [her] ass". Kelly's clique takes photos of Cry Baby and gossips about some of the other students. Cry Baby interrupts them as they are talking, telling them that she wishes to have a true, long-lasting friendship with someone who understands her problems, not "lunchbox friends". Kelly and her clique pretend to care about what Cry Baby is saying, but as Kelly looks to one of her friends, she can be seen shaking her head, as if she can't believe what she's hearing. All the other girls at the table then repeat part of Cry Baby's statement back to her, lying that their friendship "will last forever".

Cry Baby explains how Kelly and her clique want to look perfect and have a perfect family with "the man of their dreams", as the girls talk to each other while ignoring Cry Baby completely. After having enough, Cry Baby stands up, about to walk off. Kelly tries to protest but Cry Baby ultimately leaves before she can. Cry Baby dances around the cafeteria as Ben watches, clearly infatuated with her. Magnolia sees her dancing on top of a table and smiles, before Cry Baby jumps off and lays on Ben's table, smiling at him. She gets up again and sits with Magnolia, where both of their eyes turn black, showing each other that they are Empaths. They perform an intricate handshake before walking back to the table where Cry Baby's friends are seated. As of that point on, Magnolia is an official member of the group.

Errors

  • When Melanie knocks a tray off the table, the scene cuts. When the scene cuts back, the tray cannot be seen on the floor.

Cast

Trivia

  • When Melanie teased the lyrics in 2016, the original lyric was, "Come to my house, let's cry together". It is currently unknown why it was changed.[3]
  • On Instagram, Melanie explained that the meaning of "die" is not literal, it is a metaphor for transformation or rebirth, like the death Tarot card.[4]
  • The lyric, "Wanna be my best friend, then judge me if I smoke a little weed" could be a reference to Melanie's ex-friend Stella Rose Saint Clair, who is against marijuana usage and allegedly ended her friendship with Melanie because of her use of marijuana.
  • At the end of Strawberry Shortcake, the intro to this song can briefly be heard.
  • The music video has reached over 8.3 million views and 271 thousand likes on YouTube.
  • In the description of the music video, Laurka Lanczki's name is misspelled as "Laura Lanczki".
  • The official instrumental was leaked on May 6th, 2020.

Gallery

Lunchbox Friends/Gallery

References

  1. https://isdb.pw/littlebodybigheart/2218585527895158543
  2. LBF
  3. Comingsoon2
  4. https://www.instagram.com/p/BzGP0FVARZR/

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K-12
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 FilmMerchandiseAssignments
Locations K-12 Sleepaway SchoolCry Baby's House
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