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"Play Date," sometimes stylized as "Playdate," is a song by Melanie Martinez featured as the fourteenth track on the deluxe version of her debut album, Cry Baby. On June 26th, 2020, Play Date was re-released as the B-side to "Fire Drill" on Spotify.

On May 26th, 2020, Melanie released a lyric video for the song due to its rise in popularity on TikTok. She previously stated that she was working on a homemade music video during the COVID-19 pandemic, but later decided to cancel the project and focus on her EP, After School.

On June 17th, 2020, a remix of the song with American hyperpop duo 100 Gecs was released due to the song's rise in popularity on TikTok. However, the remix was later pulled from streaming services due to the duo not wanting to be associated with Melanie after discovering the rape allegations made by Timothy Heller.

Theme

This tells the story of Cry Baby feeling like she’s nothing more than a friend to the boy she likes. He is constantly inviting her over to play games, but Cry Baby feels that he does not care about her as much as she cares about him. Frustrated, she outwardly proclaims she is just as uncommitted as he is, and how she's tired of all the games she has to play to stay with him. She wishes she didn’t care about his antisocial behavior towards her, and wishes she could stop chasing after him.

During the song's ending, she admits to actually liking spending time with him despite his odd behavior. She states that she does not want to leave him.

Official Versions

  • Final version — 2:59
    • Official instrumental — 2:59
  • Demo — 3:21
  • 100 Gecs Remix — 2:29

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You call me on the telephone, you feel so far away
You tell me to come over, there's some games you wanna play
I'm walking to your house, nobody's home
Just me and you and you and me alone

[Pre-Chorus]
We're just playing hide and seek
It's getting hard to breathe under the sheets with you
I don't wanna play no games
I'm tired of always chasing, chasing after you

[Chorus]
I don't give a fuck about you anyways
Whoever said I give a shit 'bout you?
You never share your toys or communicate
I guess I'm just a play date to you

[Verse 2]
Wake up in your bedroom and there's nothin' left to say
When I try to talk, you're always playing board games
I wish I had monopoly over your mind
I wish I didn't care all the time

[Pre-Chorus]
We're just playing hide and seek
It's getting hard to breathe under the sheets with you
I don't wanna play no games
I'm tired of always chasing, chasing after you

[Chorus]
I don't give a fuck about you anyways
Whoever said I give a shit 'bout you?
You never share your toys or communicate
I guess I'm just a play date to you

[Bridge]
Ring around the rosy
I never know, I never know what you need
Ring around the rosy
I wanna give you, wanna give you what you need

[Chorus]
I don't give a fuck about you anyways
Whoever said I give a shit 'bout you?
You never share your toys or communicate
I guess I'm just a play date to you

[Outro]
You know I give a fuck about you every day
Guess it's time that I tell you the truth
If I share my toys, will you let me stay?
Don't wanna leave this play date with you

Videos

Trivia

  • There is a clean version of this song, however, it was only available on iTunes and the Middle Eastern music streaming service, Anghami.
    • In the clean version, the word "fuck" in the chorus is barely censored.
    • As of mid-2020, this version was made available in multiple countries on other streaming services such as Spotify.
  • "Play Date" was the only song from the Cry Baby era to be performed during the CAN’T WAIT TILL I’M OUT OF K-12 virtual concert held in December 2020, as the rest of the songs were from K-12 and After School.
  • This song, along with the songs Teddy Bear and Cake, despite being on the deluxe version of Cry Baby, is not part of Cry Baby's story, though she still is the main character of them.
  • "Play Date" was certified gold by the RIAA on May 1st, 2020.
    • It was then certified platinum on December 9th, 2020.
  • This is the shortest song on the deluxe version of the album.
  • In the transition from the end of the verses to the chorus, the sound of dice rolling can be heard.
  • "Play Date" replaced "Half Hearted" on the album at the last moment.[1]
  • On April 23rd, 2020, the hashtag "#STREAMPLAYDATE" was spreading on Instagram and Twitter. It was created to mark the beginning of "Play Date" climbing the alternative song chart on iTunes after a slowed-down version of the song blew up and became a trend on TikTok.
    • Melanie addressed this achievement on Instagram on April 28th, 2020 as "the best birthday present ever" in a post about her birthday.[2]
    • In an interview with Idolator, Melanie said that she is in the process of writing a music video for the song due to its recent success, though she answered a question submitted by a fan on an Instagram story announcing she was focusing more on After School.
      • During a livestream on Instagram, Melanie stated that it is very unlikely that a "Play Date" music video will be filmed.[3]
        • The song ended up having an official lyric video instead.
    • After the song's sudden rise in popularity, Melanie also released a line of merchandise for the song.[4]
  • The official instrumental of the song was leaked on May 20th, 2020.
  • This is the first song on Cry Baby to reach 500,000,000 streams on Spotify.
    • The cover art of the remix was designed by the Brazilian artist Alef Vernon, who also designed the arts present in the lyric video of the song.[5]
    • As with many other unreleased songs, most snippets of the 100 Gecs remix that are uploaded on YouTube, SoundCloud or other similar content-sharing websites will most likely be taken down.
    • According to Popnable, this is Melanie's most hated song.

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 DoctorsMrs. Potato HeadMr. Potato HeadNurseRushton Dolls
Extras Digital BookletRemoved SongsMerchandise
Locations Cry Baby's HouseBig Bad Wolf's HouseGrocery StoreCarnivalHospital
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