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"Pity Party" is a song by Melanie Martinez featured on her debut album Cry Baby as the lead single and eighth track, and as the first track on Pity Party. The music video was posted on Vessel by Melanie on May 29, 2015, and released three days later on June 1, 2015. It impacted contemporary radio on March 22, 2016.

Background

To promote the song, Melanie made a template of a party invitation available on her website. Fans could use the template to spread the news of when the song and music video were going to drop or as an invitation for their own parties.[1]

Theme

This song revolves around Cry Baby inviting her friends and a boy she likes, Johnny, to her birthday party, but no one shows up. She begins to wonder why she puts so much effort into everything just to be alone at the end of the day. She is blaming herself for the absence of her friends. She tries to lessen the pain that by telling herself that the situation is fine since she can indulge in the whole cake. She also says forever, which may mean she expects this to happen every following year.

A turning point of her emotions is referenced in the lines, "I'm laughing, I'm crying, It feels like I'm dying". No one came to her party, so she is very emotional and can't control it. She doesn't know whether to cry or laugh it off. Finally, in the end, she decides that she is her own individual; she can do what she wants, even cry, and doesn't have to deal with cultural differences.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Did my invitations disappear?
Why'd I put my heart on every cursive letter?
Tell me why the Hell no one is here
Tell me what to do to make it all feel better

[Pre-Chorus]
Maybe it's a cruel joke on me
Whatever, whatever
Just means there's way more cake for me
Forever, forever

[Chorus]
It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to (cry, cry, cry)
I'll cry until the candles burn down this place
I'll cry until my pity party's in flames
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to (cry, cry, cry)
I'll cry until the candles burn down this place
I'll cry until my pity party's in flames

[Verse 2]
Maybe if I knew all of them well
I wouldn't have been trapped inside this Hell
that holds me
Maybe if I casted out a spell
And told them decorations were in pastel ribbons

[Pre-Chorus]
Maybe it's a cruel joke on me
Whatever, whatever
Just means there's way more cake for me
Forever, forever

[Chorus]
It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to (cry, cry, cry)
I'll cry until the candles burn down this place
I'll cry until my pity party's in flames
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to (cry, cry, cry)
I'll cry until the candles burn down this place
I'll cry until my pity party's in flames

[Bridge]
I'm laughing, I'm crying
It feels like I'm dying
I'm laughing, I'm crying
It feels like I'm dying
I'm laughing, I'm crying
It feels like I'm dying
I'm dying, I'm dying
It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to
It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to

[Scream]

[Chorus]
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to (cry, cry, cry)
I'll cry until the candles burn down this place
I'll cry until my pity party's in flames
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to (cry, cry, cry)
I'll cry until the candles burn down this place
I'll cry until my pity party's in flames

[Outro]
It's my party, it's-it's my party
It's my party, it's-it's my party
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to (cry, cry, cry, cry, cry)

Videos

Gallery

Pity Party (Song)/Gallery

Music Video

The music video begins with Cry Baby writing and sending invitations to her birthday party while eating milk and cookies. Then, it flashes to the day of her party in August. She wakes up in a pink dress. None of her friends are showing up, but she does activities to keep her busy. She gets more upset with them, and no one answers the phone. She decides that she doesn't need friends there to have fun, and dresses in an outfit that makes her look like a clown. Cry Baby then makes a balloon animal, but her stuffed animals watching are not pleased. Angry, she pops the balloon by eating it and rips up her stuffed animals. She screams loudly while throwing her other stuffed animals away and destroying almost everything at her party, including a blue cake. In the end, Cry Baby blows out the candles to a cake that reads, "Happy Birthday Cry Baby" and then starts to smoke a cigarette while the surrounding area is aflame.

Errors

  • When it comes to the part where Cry Baby is playing the board game by herself, on the table in the shot before, there was a giant birthday cake. It disappeared between shots.
  • Cry Baby writes an invitation for Johnny twice in the introduction of the song. The only difference is the number of hearts next to his name.

Trivia

  • The lyric, "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to," is a sample from Lesley Gore's 1963 hit song, "It's My Party".
    • A heavily edited sample of that song's chorus is present in the background of Pity Party's chorus.
      • This, however, is not in the music video.
    • On one of the invitations, the person being invited is Johnny. This references the original song, in which Johnny is the name of Lesley's boyfriend that left her party with another girl. His name was archetypal for a teen boy in the 1950's.
  • Melanie said that their favorite part of the "Pity Party" music video is when she got to destroy the bear.
  • When Cry Baby is waiting for her friends to show up, there are presents on the lower right although no one came to her party.
  • There are 9 candles on Cry Baby's cake, suggesting that she is 9 years old.
    • In the Cry Baby storybook, however, there are 3 candles.
    • Usually, children start Kindergarten at the ages of 4-5, which is the grade K-12 starts at. This means she was most likely 3 instead of 9.
  • In the music video, Cry Baby smoked a cigarette. It is assumed that this was influenced by her Mom.
  • On the invitations, August is written for the date, revealing that Cry Baby's birthday is in August and that she is either a Leo or Virgo.
    • Although, in the 2019 issue of Alternative Press magazine, it is stated that Cry Baby is a Taurus, which indicates that she was born between April 20-May 20.
  • This is Melanie's second music video to reach over 100 million views on YouTube.
  • The music video has reached over 181 million views and 2.4 million likes as of July 23, 2021.
  • This is Melanie's first and currently the only song to reach the top 40 of pop radio.
  • There are seven official remixes of this song which can be found on the Pity Party (Remixes) (EP).
  • The scream in the song is heard in Courage the Cowardly Dog, Squirrel Boy and the 2007 video/DVD Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Video and is not actually Melanie's scream.
  • Melanie has said this is the song she is most proud of on Cry Baby.
    • Melanie also said that it's the hardest song for them to perform due to the fact that she has to push her voice a little more than she is used to.
  • Pity Party was certified gold on July 28, 2016.
    • It was then certified platinum on July 7, 2017.
  • This is Melanie's second song to be certified gold, after "Dollhouse".
    • This is also Melanie's second song to be certified platinum.
  • In the music video, Melanie wore a Lime Crime velvetine called "Riot".
  • Out of all of Melanie's songs, this song is tied with Brain & Heart for having the most writers.
    • This is because the writers of Lesley Gore's It's My Party were also credited.
  • Melanie bought some of the music video's props at a store called Captain Vintage.
  • The clock that can be seen at 0:56 is the same clock that appeared in the hospital scene in the music video of "Cry Baby".
  • The official mixed stems of this song have been leaked.
  • This song was made in the same session as "Cake".
  • There is an unknown faint, pitched vocal clip in the background that can be heard at the end of the bridge. Its placement is unexplained.
  • Melanie released the storybook page for this song as a t-shirt and tank top, however, the t-shirt is discontinued on her official store, but the tank top is only available on the Europe Store, along with the t-shirt.
  • Melanie released a puzzle with an image of the storybook page, but has since been discontinued. However, the puzzle can still be found on the Europe Store.
  • Melanie's second to last Instagram post is a picture of the painting featured on the wall next to the stairs of the house she rented to shoot this music video, it can be seen when Cry Baby is writing the party invitations in the beginning of the video. [2]
  • The story and illustration for this song appear on the 17th page of the Cry Baby storybook, reading:

Pity Party's Digital Booklet Page

"Her birthday was around the bend
She invited him and all her friends
None of which did attend
Her happiness came to an end"

References

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Featured Tracks Cry BabyDollhouseSippy CupCarouselAlphabet BoySoapTraining WheelsPity PartyTag, You're ItMilk and CookiesPacify HerMrs. Potato HeadMad Hatter
Bonus Tracks Play DateTeddy BearCake
Characters Cry BabyJohnnyAlphabet BoyBig Bad WolfMomDadBrotherLittle GirlBeth AnneMistressCashierBasic BitchBlue BoyBunny DoctorMrs. Potato HeadMr. Potato HeadNurseRushton Dolls
Extras Digital BookletRemoved SongsMerchandise
Locations Cry Baby's HouseBig Bad Wolf's HouseGrocery StoreCarnivalHospital