"Nurse's Office" is the fifth track by Melanie Martinez that is featured on her sophomore album, K-12. The official music video, originally available as part of the film, later being separately released on November 7, 2019.


Background

On June 17, 2019, several clips and snippets of Melanie's then-upcoming film were shown at the MTV Movie Awards, along with a snippet of the song playing in the background. A second snippet was released exclusively in Germany as an assignment on August 28, 2019, before being officially released worldwide.

Theme

This song references ideas about the common problem of school bullying. Cry Baby pleads not to bothered anymore and to just be left alone in the nurse’s office to flee the students bullying her. In class, the teacher ignores her pleas as a student cuts her hair, symbolizing how the school system treats kids poorly, by ignoring when they need real help and only doing their basic job. She is only allowed to leave after she fakes a serious illness and escapes the bullying.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Don't cut me, punch me, just let me go
Into the nurse's office where I float away
I'm pale as the loose-leaf paper they grow
From hollowing out all my lungs in the snow

[Pre-Chorus]
Yeah, I'm coughing, I'm bleeding
Band-Aids won't heal it
'Cause they hate me, so I'm fakin'
All, all, of this so they take, take me

[Chorus]
Take me home
Give me that pink slip of permission
This is old
I'm tired of wishing I was ditching
Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh-ooh

[Verse 2]
Teacher, can I sit right there?
This bitch behind me is cutting my hair
"No, just sit your ass down at the chalkboard you stare"
I faked up a seizure and left outta there

[Pre-Chorus]
Yeah, I'm coughing
I'm bleeding, Band-Aids won't heal it
'Cause they hate me, so I'm fakin'
All, all, of this so they take, take me

[Chorus]
Take me home
Give me that pink slip of permission
This is old
I'm tired of wishing I was ditching
Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh-ooh

[Chorus]
Take me home
Give me that pink slip of permission
This is old
I'm tired of wishing I was ditching
Home
Old

Videos

Music Video 

This is the fifth music video that appears in Melanie's film, K-12. After the events of Show & Tell, Angelita turns the broken Cry Baby doll back to human form in front of the nurse's office. A group of nurses come by and stare at them. They are tied down to stretchers and walked through the infirmary by the nurses, who start dancing and cutting Cry Baby's hair. The two girls manage to escape briefly, only to be caught and tied back down. They are then drugged and connected to a strange machine. As the Bunny Doctors are about to turn on the machine, Lilith appears and save the girls, making the nurses and Bunny Doctors disappear. Cry Baby and Angelita beg her to take them with her before she leaves, but she lets them know they are immortal and that the only way they can truly learn it is through experience.

Cast

Errors

A nurse with her hands placed in front of her while the rest have theirs behind their backs.

  • A nurse cuts Cry Baby's hair and throws it away; however, the chunk of hair is not seen on the floor later on.
  • When Lilith appears and the nurses turn around, one of the nurses on the right has her hands in front of her while the rest have their hands behind their backs. When Lilith makes the nurses disappear, the same nurse quickly puts her hands behind her back. 

Trivia

  • This song and Orange Juice are the only non-explicit tracks on K-12.
    • Although the song contains profanity, it is not officially listed as explicit.
    • When the song was originally digitally released, a clean version of it was used in which "bitch" and "ass" were censored. This was later fixed and they are now uncensored.
  • It was proven that this was the song from the K-12 TV spot when a copyright strike presented the title of the song as Nurse's Office.[1]
  • Melanie has stated that this is her favorite song from K-12.[2]
  • The song itself is longer than the separate music video.
  • Each song on K-12 represents a different grade level in school, from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
    • Nurse's Office represents 4th grade.
  • The music video has reached over 12 million views and 360 thousand likes.
  • The official instrumental was leaked on April 19, 2020.
  • In the booklet that comes with the album, the third chorus is missing whee it shows the lyrics to this song
  • Coughing, sneezing, people talking, evil laughter, and band-aids being ripped off can be heard throughout the song.
    • Melanie crying and laughing can also be heard in the song, as well as Melanie can be heard saying, "ow" at the end of the first two choruses
  • The coughing and sneezing sound effects were sampled and are not from Melanie herself.[3]

Gallery

Nurse's Office/Gallery

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